Dr. Atkins Low Carb Diet revolution
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Dr. Atkins Low Carb Diet revolution
The Atkins diet –
when it first was published in public in 1972, more than 30
years ago, many nutrition and diet experts was
stunned to read recommendations of this popular plan
and named it as Atkins Nightmare Diet. It's hard
to tell how successful it is or was butthere is no doubt
about a popularity and an advertisement it has got.
Millions have tried and
still are trying it around the world even today.
It's estimated that about 3 million people have
tried it in 2003 in the UK only.
The Atkins Diet Plan
The main idea of this diet is
based on taking out of carbohydrates from menu. The whole diet is
divided to four phases:
Ongoing Weight Loss
The Atkins Diet Phases
In the first Introduction phase
which continues about two weeks user
may consume freely high fat foods as cheese and stakes, eggs, cream,
mayonnaise, fish, chicken, red meat and butter. Although it looks like
dream diet but in fact it's far from being so. Eating all the
food above sounds maybe great but the user is not allowed to have no
bread or salad, no fruits and no vegetables in his meals –
And that's the meaning of carbohydrate free diet.
According the Atkins theory
taking carbohydrates out off the menu will force our body to burn
stored fat to obtain energy needed during the daily activities. This
means that you have to forget about bread and pastries, potatoes,
pasta, milk, rice, fruit, vegetables (well, there are a couple you can
still eat) and, obviously, junk food and soft drinks.
And all this is going to be
your only food for the first two weeks during the First *Induction* Phase.
On the second, *Ongoing weight
loss phase*, user increases carbohydrate intake, from his starting
amount of 20 gram per day, by 5 grams per day. The user have to find
how much carbohydrates may be added before the body stop Ongoing weight
loss phase has to last until almost desired weight is achieved.
The third stage Pre-Maintenance
is started when 5-10 pounds left to achieve the desired weight. In this
stage the user increases carbohydrate intake by 10 grams per day to
slow down weight loss process.
On this stage the user have
about 30 grams per day of pasta and that is really not so great.
Final, the fourth stage is called
Lifetime maintenance. On this stage user have to eat no more than 90
grams of carbohydrates each day and that's for rest of the
life. Lowering carbs from 250-300 grams per day to less than 100 may
turn life time to real challenge for many people.
And that's the so
called Atkins “nightmare” diet in short.
Atkins Diet Health Risks
Many nutrition experts have
wrote articles and did researches about Atkins diet. Almost every
dietetic and nutrition organization that care about public health made
their statement to inform and warn the public from increased health
risks because of Atkins diet.
It was called as
“Massive health risk” because of the consequences
of long term use of this diet. In Europe
hospitals started banning Atkins diet. The American Heart association
states that following Atkins diet is a risk and the results will be
dangerous to health:
Lack of minerals and vitamins
Potential of cardiac,
renal(kidney), bone and liver abnormalities
Development of Type 2 Diabetes
May cause “ Disease of
kings” – increasing of uric acid levels >
Muscle cramps –
losing too many electrolytes: calcium, magnesium and potassium
– worsening of mental processing and mental flexibility
Ketosis can cause damage in the
fetus ( during pregnancy) – baby might be born mentally
Has Atkins Diet any Side Effects?
So as we can see the side
effects of Atkins diet can be really dangerous. To be honest we have to
admit that some people really did fine with this diet but there were a few
reports about cases of infections of the kidney and heart problems
developed from fat food eaten. Dizziness, tiredness and weakness were
reported during the diet.
Results of Atkins Diet
When the body is going through
carbohydrate starvation those side effects are natural and although
predictable. Too much fat changes the whole metabolic cycle and absence
of high fiber fruits and vegetables with necessary nutrition
substances, may cause to type 2 diabetes appearance too.
Also, the lack of dairy products
leads to a significant drop in the amount of calcium absorbed by the
body and may cause to Osteoporosis or other bone conditions. Later on
Constipation and muscle cramps might be developed. Most dangerous
Atkins diet might be for pregnant women. It can cause irreversible
damage to fetus to mental retardness in newborn.
American Medical Association
calls Atkins theory "naive", "biochemically incorrect",
"inaccurate"; and "without science merit".
As diet users no one cares if
it is physiologically right or scientifically proven...
The real question
that bothers us is - Is the Atkins Diet really working for you or not?!
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