Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, by Dr.
Robert C. Atkins, M.D.
"The Atkins Diet" is a high protein
weight loss diet which emphasises the benefits of high protein foods and
the dangers of carbohydrates.
In fairness, the Atkins diet has been unfairly
painted as an "all cheeseburgers, no vegetables" plan. True,
the early "induction" phase (2 weeks) drastically restricts
carbohydrate consumption - a few leafy greens and no fruit - but then
more carbs are allowed. So within 6 months you may end up eating a reasonable
amount of carbohydrates, even though the diet counsels you to avoid certain
carb-foods, like white breads, white potatoes, and white rice, forever.
Even so, the criticisms of leading dietary
bodies and weight loss experts imply that this high protein plan is yet
another fad diet.
Consider this, for example:
"Besides the health risks associated
with ketosis outlined earlier, there are other long-term concerns associated
with this particular plan. Atkins' diet can lead to the kind of rapid
weight fluctuations that adversely effect the heart. Moreover, the breakdown
of fatty acids that occurs during ketosis may also increase the risk
of heart disease. One of the basic tenets of Atkins' diet is that sugar
causes cancer. Such misleading pronouncements are essentially scare
tactics, meant to direct the dieter towards foods on the Atkins plan.
Finally, nothing about this plan encourages the dieter to learn some
very basic weight management strategies like portion control and serving
sizes, let alone develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of balanced
nutrition." Excerpt from the official American Heart Association
Recent Studies of Atkins Diet
Recent (albeit small-scale) studies suggest
that the Atkins Diet may be less harmful and more beneficial than supposed.
A futher long-term study is underway. This should help to clarify the
health and safety issues of the Atkins Diet.
A Note about Healthy Weight Control
Fad diets, unbalanced diets, diet pills, diet supplements, weight loss
surgery and other short term weight loss methods are not recommended for
permanent weight control. The best way to lose excess fat and maintain
a healthy weight in the long term is to follow a balanced calorie-controlled
diet (that improves your eating habits) and take regular aerobic exercise.
An excellent option is this
Weight Loss Program