Originally Posted by kaylee18
No, you need some carbohydrates too. Eating only proteins and vegetables causes ketosis, which can cause brain damage in the developing baby. Atkins himself admitted this eventually. Reasonable amounts of starchy foods such as whole potatoes, brown rice, whole oats, etc., are an essential part of a balanced diet. For those with diabetes, of course, the total grams of carbohydrates in a day should be strictly monitored, but still held above the level that would result in ketosis.
Sorry, wrong. Notice I didn't say to cut out carbs... I said to cut out GRAINS. Ancient humans ate veggies, fruits, and proteins. Before agriculture, when we were hunter/gatherers, (and even in the Garden of Eden) grains were not a part of the diet. You can be perfectly healthy and never eat a single grain. (Grains: wheat, rice, oats, corn, etc.) I stand by my statement that protein and vegetables (which, as has been pointed out, do contain carbs) are all you need.
Now, I do eat grains myself, and they are some of my favorite foods. BUT if I was designing a diet to ensure that my baby didn't get too big, I wouldn't include any grains AT ALL.
ETA: I read this book several years go and it helped me reach this conclusion: Going Against The Grain. Amazon link:http://www.amazon.com/Going-Against-...8200157&sr=8-5