Atkins Diet

Type of Diet: Low carbohydrate, high fat

Foods You Eat on this Diet
Red meat, chicken and turkey, seafood, eggs, high fat dairy foods like cheese, butter, and cream, oil, nuts, some vegetables that do not contain a lot of starch, artificial sweeteners.

General Facts: There are three phases of this diet: induction, weight loss, and maintenance

Can you keep it off on this type of diet?
No long term studies have been provided to date.High fat diets are not associated with health weight maintenance.

Positives: Some people may enjoy the fatty foods and meat on this diet and the rapid weight loss at first.

Drawbacks: This is a high fat diet, high in animal foods, and limited in carbohydrate, so it teaches people to choose calorie dense foods that are likely to lead to weight gain and heart disease once the diet is over.

Safety and Health IssuesThe Atkins Diet
This diet limits many healthy vegetables and nutrient rich carbohydrates. Eating a diet high in saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels and increases risk of heart disease.

  • Associated with heart disease. High in saturated fat, the number one nutrient associated with this disease

  • Low in fruits, whole grains, and other sources of carbohydrate

  • Low in phytochemicals - cancer fighting substances founds in fruits and vegetables

  • Lack of fiber may cause constipation

  • Rapid loss of water weight at first may provide a false sense of diet success

Recommendation:Not Recommended

Dietitians comments about the Atkins Diet
Many people may enjoy eating the fatty foods allowed on this diet but may find it monotonous and restrictive over time. Any diet that restricts calories will cause weight loss, a reduction in blood pressure, reduced blood sugar (if it was abnormally high), and reduced blood cholesterol and triglycerides in the typical overweight person. There is no magic in restricting carbohydrates. Eventually, carbohydrates need to be added to this diet. Adding back carbohydrates on top of foods high in saturated fat brings people back to square one, the typical American diet, associated with obesity, heart disease, cancer, and high blood pressure.
If this diet was a true cure for obesity and heart disease, it would have worked the first time it was introduced over 30 years ago.

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