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Could loosing weight on Atkins diet have an adverse effect on your health?

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Could loosing weight on Atkins diet have an adverse effect on your health? Atkins diet is the most well know high protein/low carbohydrate diet. The Atkins diet claims that you can eat as much protein and fat as you like and still lose weight. It first appeared in the early 70's. The diet claims that you cut out the carbohydrates you eat to become thin. People who are not eating a balanced diet usually become overweight or obese. A balanced diet includes a variety of foods from all 6 food groups including fresh fruit, vegetables and grain products. Eating a balanced diet will reduce the risks of getting obese and getting certain diseases such as heart disease as the diet should be low in cholesterol and fat. A balanced diet should provide all the necessary daily nutrients and provide enough calories to improve your health and wellbeing. http://www.annecollins.com/nutrition/balanced-diet.htm The food pyramid above shows the groups of foods that make up a balanced diet. It also tells that you need to eat a Variety of foods from all of the 6 groups and how much you should eat them. ...read more.

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Another reason why people go on the Atkins diet is because of the media attention that this particular diet is getting. For instance many celebrities like Jennifer Anniston and Geri Halliwell have been reported to have been on the Atkins diet, which has been successful and have lost weight. People may feel they would look and feel better if they lost a few pounds. When you first begin the Atkins diet you go on a 2 week induction period. This two week induction period is to put you into ketosis. Many health experts say that ketosis is bad for the health, as it puts a strain on the kidneys. In the induction period you cut out all carbohydrates. After the induction phase, dieters slowly increase the amount of carbohydrates in their diet. The Atkins diet works by starving the body of carbohydrates - which is the main energy source - this causes your body to burn fat as a primary source of energy and results in rapid fat loss, even when a person consumes high amount of fats, the body burns it off. ...read more.

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The Atkins Diet can be the worst diet for women who suffer from period pain. 'Cutting out carbs can leave you with low blood sugar - and the diet means you'll eat very little fruit and veg. All this can leave you run down, while period symptoms, such as dizziness, sickness, weakness and headaches, can get worse.' 4. On the other hand the diet can be good for male adults, as research has shown that men eat less food which contain high amounts of carbohydrates then women so they loose weight effectively as they eat less carbohydrates. Although they are many drawbacks on being on the Atkins diet, I think if a dieter has the right attitude towards the diet i.e. taking the 2 week induction period, taking vitamins and minerals supplements and drinking 2 litres of water then I do not think it has an adverse effect on their health. I, personally will choose another alternative to loosing weight - eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly is one way of loosing weight in a healthy way without increasing the risk of getting any medical conditions. ...read more.

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