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The Atkin's Diet - Is The Fallout From It's Hype Worth It?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008
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Such a revolutionary idea, though promptly adopted by the public, was & still is under the scrutiny of the health & research professionals.

The latter's concern has been that low carbohydrate diets, which replace calories from carbohydrates with more consumption of high-protein foods like meat and eggs, alter the body's acid balance. This imbalance could lead to increased bone turnover -- increasing the risk for osteoporosis. The researchers noted that when a person's body is not getting the nutrients it needs to function, that person's body goes into a state of stress, which causes systematic inflammation.
This was only a logical reasoning, factual studies till now, however prove otherwise.

John D. Carter, assistant professor in the Division of Rheumatology, USF College of Medicine, ascertained the reality stating that "Patients on the low carbohydrate diet did lose weight, but the diet did not appear to compromise bone integrity or lead to bone loss." The details of this study can be found in the May 2006 issue of `The journal Of Osteoporosis International.'

This fact was once again [indirectly] proven by a study published in the AJCN. For details visit the link given below:

http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/81/4/762?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&searchid=1&FIRSTINDEX=0&sortspec=relevance&volume=81&firstpage=762&resourcetype=HWCIT 

What is your take on this issue? As dietitians, should we go ahead & advocate such diets which clearly contradict the Food Pyramid Guidelines?

By, The Dietetic Team @ NutritionVista.com


 

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07 July, 2010 | Anoushka | Reply

Anoushka But Atkins has helped me lose weight.
I lost weight because I also controlled how much I ate.

07 July, 2010 | Geetanjali Kelkar | Reply

Geetanjali Kelkar Weight loss diets that focus on macro-nutrient content,are most likely to be deficient in micronutrients. Micro-nutrient inadequacy is a threat to health and a cause for many disorders.

05 June, 2010 | Kanika Jain | Reply

Kanika Jain Eating a healthy balanced diet with adequate physical activity is the best way to lose weight and to sustain it in long term.

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Kanika Jain
Dietitian
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