TKINS Diet Niaz Sabbaghchian is this a healthy option for teenagers?
What is the Atkins Diet? The Atkins diet was developed by a doctor: Robert Atkins and was developed from a research paper he read in the Journal of the American Medical Associationpublished by Dr. Alfred W. Pennington, titled "Weight Reduction", published in 1958. It is often seen as a fad diet (a weight loss plan or aid that make dieters believe that they will achieve dramatic results over a short period of time.) The Atkins diet does result in weight loss, but is very restrictive and hard to maintain. Dieters have difficulty sticking to this diet for a long periods of times. This leads to temporary weight-loss and the inability to achieve long term results.
How does it deviate from healthy eating? The Atkins diet deviates from healthy eating because it is unbalanced, and not nutritionally sound. The Atkins diet involves eating very few carbohydrates to switch the body's metabolism from metabolizing glucose as energy over to converting stored body fat to energy. Dieters on this diet tend to eat a lot of protein (meat, fish and eggs) and a lot more fat. Anything high in sugar is avoided.
Is the Atkins diet safe and healthy? NO! It isn’t
What are some of the nutritional concerns and or diseases that can be associated with this diet? The good thing about the Atkins Diet is that is very difficult to stick to, so people usually can’t stick to the diet long enough to suffer any long-term health consequences. The American Heart Association states: “Individuals who follow these diets are therefore at risk for compromised vitamin and mineral intake, as well as potential cardiac, renal [kidney], bone, and liver abnormalities overall.” Low carb diets like the Atkins diet may also hasten the onset of type II diabetes. In September 2004 the medical journal, The Lancet commented: “low-carbohydrate diets cannot be recommended.”
Butter and steak are fine to eat on the Atkins diet, but lots of healthy vegetables are on the “NO” list: Carrots Beets Peas Winter Squashes Water Chestnuts Parsnips Potatoes Sweet Potatoes Corn Plantains Tomatoes
How does it differ from Canada’s Food Guide? • The biggest differences are that: • Protein sources (meat) is the biggest section of the Atkins diet, but it is the smallest section of Canada’s Food Guide. • Bread and grain products are an important part of Canada’s food guide, but are food to avoid in Atkins.
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