So, do you think the government’s Food Pyramid is a little
old-fashioned or outdated? Well, the Atkins Physicians Council (APC)
recently briefed federal officials and members of the Bush
Administration on their version of what a "food pyramid"
should be made to look like, supporting a controlled-carbohydrate
lifestyle that could help the many millions of Americans who are
growing larger each day.
The Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid is designed to address
the epidemic of obesity by providing an easy-to-follow approach for
achieving -- and more importantly -- maintaining a healthy weight.
Atkins also informed the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its medical
experts intend to file comments with the government’s Dietary
Guidelines Advisory Committee based on the Atkins Nutritional
Based on the writings and work of Dr. Atkins, the Atkins
Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid graphically depicts in traditional
"food pyramid" language what the good doctor championed
for more than 30 years for the first time. Based on Dr. Atkins’
work, the pyramid emphasizes a wide range of protein sources and
nutrient-dense carbohydrates, such as most vegetables, certain
fruits, nuts, dairy products and whole grains, that have a low
impact on blood sugar.
"One of the benefits of this approach," emphasizes Dr.
Stuart Trager, M.D., chairman of the Atkins Physicians Council (APC),
"is that the average American can follow a
controlled-carbohydrate lifestyle, eat until satisfied and achieve a
healthy balance of fats and other nutrients -- all without having to
count portions or calories."
Dr. Trager also points out that this is the first pyramid to take
into account the impact of increasing physical activity on optimal
nutrition. "What better positive reinforcement for the many
health benefits of improved fitness than the ability to enjoy an
even broader range of food options by increasing physical
"While we recognize that there is no single nutritional
solution for Americans battling overweight, obesity, diabetes and
heart disease, clearly the existing Food Guide Pyramid and future
versions that might continue to rely solely on low-fat,
portion-control or calorie-counting approaches will not be helpful
to many of the approximately 60 percent of our population who have
been unsuccessful using these same strategies over the past few
decades," says Trager. --- more