First I must clarify that the Optimal Diet (OD) is not at all like
the Atkins diet. Which relies on synthetic proteins and supplements
and fats to some extent. The ratio of protein to fat is too high,
which eventually will tax the kidneys and will also convert excess
protein to sugar/fat thus raising insulin levels. See:
The OD relieves the liver from all burden possible while reducing insulin
levels to such an extent that it will literally cure type 1 diabetes let
alone type 2. Those who have studied longevity will at once recognize that
lower insulin levels is the key.
Further, one cannot mix carbohydrates and fats. Saturated fats (particularly
from animal sources have all the enzymes and nutrients needed, according
to the OD, especially if eaten with the meat or cream etc.) bypass the
liver as they can be absorbed directly and are preferred as first choice
by the body. So any carbohydrates quickly become an excessive source of
energy and will convert to sugar/fat via the liver and be stored - hence
you may gain weight instead of loosing it. For max. benefits one has to
stick to proper ratio outlined in the OD. On the other hand, if to much
saturated fat is consumed then it will either make you sick and/or cause
diarrhea - so one does not need much fibre, unlike the higher protein Atkins
diet which will cause constipation if sufficient fibre is not eaten. This
certainly has been my experience. After going on OD my daily bathroom activity
has not changed since starting but my fibre intake has gone down significantly.
The reduction in fibre would have been, for me, a complete disaster in
the past. See:
The Chemistry of Food. Must read to understand the role of proteins,
fats and carbs here you will learn that the body does not store fat with
Some things that I noticed are: Increased need to drink water. Dr. Kwasniewski
mentions that the diet will also break up kidney/gall stones, this at first
may cause pain passing stones etc. Although, not panful to me, this was
also my experience and I did pass something. So be prepared. Also he mentions
that a sign that one is starting to burn stored fats is when you get up
in the morning you don't feel hungry this too was my experience. My skin
has also become much stronger and is not bruised easily and when it is,
it heals almost overnight. My wife's skin has also become much smoother.
The food is delicious and very satisfying making it easier to stick to
the diet unlike so many others! At the moment I have lost 6 lbs in 3 week
and I am not an overweight person (5'8" form 160 lb to 154 lb). Mood
has improved generally.
Some may find Dr. Kwasniewski's book "Homo Optimus" a bit religious
but with an interesting historic bend, the lack of index and references
are also a bit disconcerting, but most of what he says is pretty well in
line with my own research and there are good references in the in the following
web sites to support his conclusions. There is also be some variance in
the protein to fat to carbohydrates ratios (which derived form seeds/eggs
and other things in nature) to somewhat accommodate biochemical variance
Following are some resources on the OD
A large amount of data is available in following web sites
Recipes for a week from one of the above sites:
To determine your metabolic type see:
To check out what some vegetarians who have returned to more traditional
diets do to deficiencies etc. go to:
At 07:46 AM 13/09/2002 -0400, you wrote:
Hi Chris -
I have never done an Atkin's diet but did Zone for a few months.
Went from about 210 to 175 in three months, so it worked well. Then
I ate pretty much what I wanted, still keeping protein and good
oil intake higher than before, but eating sugars and starches and
it took me over two years to gain all the weight back. About time
for me to start avoiding starches and sugars again <g>.
My dad has been on a semi-Atkin's diet for a a few months and has
lost a _lot_ - about 8 inches from his waist. I have known a number
of people who have used an Atkin's diet and do well as long as they
keep up the fiber intake with lots of non-starchy vegetables. Neglect
to do that and it can cause elimination problems. Best for blood
type O. Type As don't do as well with all the meat since their digestion
can't handle it unless they are doing digestive enzymes.
Are you planning to try the diet? If so please let me know how you feel.
felt the result in days.
At 05:48 AM 12/09/2002 -0400, you wrote:
Now, that makes sense! They are egg with a minor amount of wheat
for a binder. Thanks for the info. -- turf
Mix all the ingredients but do not froth. Using a small pan (10
cm in diameter) melt lard to depth of 5 cm. Pour the mixture into
the pan from the edges of the pot and then across forming a sort
of spider's web. The pastry should form into a lace-like pancake.
Using a fork, delicately turn over and fry on the other side until
golden brown. Makes 16 pancakes.