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The Atkins diet was first introduced to the public in the 70s by Doctor Robert Atkins.

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The Atkins diet was first introduced to the public in the 70s by Doctor Robert Atkins. The Atkins plan advocates a high protein, high fat diet with a significant restriction of carbohydrates. Since the Atkins regimen contradicts the overwhelming majority of research on how to healthily lose and maintain weight, most public health professionals and organizations strongly disapprove of this diet. Although it has been reported that this diet has been surprisingly effective, skeptics have pointed out the several drawbacks. The restrictions of carbohydrates produces ketones in the body and bloodstream, resulting in fat breakdown, a build up of ketones eventually causes ketosis, which gives one bad breath. If ketones accumulate within the blood then the dieter will experience headaches and nausea. The sudden drop in carb intake has a variety of side effects. Common ones during the first few days are: dizziness, nausea, constant headaches and faintness. This is the main reason why there is a high drop out rate at the start of the diet. Supporters of the diet claim that its purpose is to control food cravings and make the dieter feel better mentally and physically over a period of time. Another benefit that most people report is increased mental alertness, no more feeling sleepy after a meal. It's untrue to say that people don't lose weight on this diet, but Is there some magical phenomenon that occurs in the body when high carbohydrate foods are abolished? ...read more.

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Foods like rice, grains and vegetables consume a large proportion of their diet. High fat animal products is minimal, and Japan has one of the lowest rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes in the world. These facts completely contradict Atkins theory and prove that carbohydrates are not responsible for excessive weight gain. The Atkins diet is definitely an advantage for obese people who have been unsuccessful in previous diets due to the restrictions on fatty foods, as it encourages plenty of fat. In fact, studies have shown that people on a high protein, high fat, and low carb diet lose twice as much weight as those on a standard low fat diet recommended by most major health organizations (studies based on a period of 6 months). Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins and are high in fibre; these as well as other agents present in these foods help protect us from constipation and bowel cancer. Foods and vegetables are not allowed whilst on this diet; therefore the risks of bowel cancer are high. Investigation indicates that a diet rich in animal fats tends to raise the levels of cholesterol and the related fats and lipids in the blood. Evidence strongly indicates that people with such high levels are more likely to develop atherosclerosis and heart attacks than those with lower levels. ...read more.

Conclusion

Diets may play a part in breast cancer. Studies indicate that girls who eat too much and take little or no exercise grow faster and reach puberty earlier, which is thought to increase breast cancer risk. Recent studies have not upheld an early hypothesis that fat content in the diet is involved in breast cancer. Therefore eating too much fat (as Atkins suggests) can double a woman's risk of breast cancer. Studies have shown that people who eat most carbohydrates have less heart disease and that fibre found in carbohydrates may reduce bad cholesterol and reduce cancer risk. Showing that the Atkins diet single goal is to make the dieter lose immediate weight and not think about the consequences it could lead to, or the long term effects of the diet. In conclusion, I think the Atkins diet is way to lose weight quickly and effectively but not healthily. In my opinion the plan works simply because it reduces the amount of calories taken in, by eliminating several foods and food groups. The only reason why I think this diet is popular is because of the preliminary weight loss, which is not body fat but only a lot of water. I also think that the long term effects of this diet can be very dangerous; it can cause kidney strains, heart attacks and other disorders. Atkins Diet Page 1 of 4 Sahid daud ...read more.

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