Atkins Diet Pros and Cons
Atkins Diet Pros and Cons
Atkins Diet Pros and Cons are discussed in detail below:
Atkins Diet Pros
Atkins Diet Pros 1: There is no need to cut out the food you like best like meat, cream, cheese and other high fat foods.
Atkins Diet Pros 2: Because you can eat as much as you like of the permitted foods, you don't get hungry.
Atkins Diet Pros 3: Because so many foods are permitted, there is greater variety on the Atkins Diet than on low calorie diets so the risk of cheating is small.
Atkins Diet Pros 4: Not all carbohydrates count in the total allowance. Those rich in dietary fibre can be eaten more freely because fibre is not digested. This allows even more latitude in food eaten.
Atkins Diet Pros 5: It is argued that a low carbohydrate diet is more natural for the human body because grains in the form of wheat, rice, etc, only became a regular part of our diet 10,000 years ago so our bodies have not had time to evolve to cope with them satisfactorily.
Atkins Diet Pros 6: Some reseach indicates that people with type 2 diabetes have better insulin function and better blood sugar control on a low carbohydrate diet.
Atkins Diet Cons
Atkins Diet Cons 1: Although a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is sometimes cited as providing evidence that the Atkins Diet works, in fact its conclusion is that although more weight was lost at the end of 6 months on the Atkins Diet than on a low calorie diet, after one year, the difference was insignificant.
Atkins Diet Cons 2: The same study found that both types of diet, Atkins and low calorie, had a large drop out rate so it seems the apparent choice of food on the Atkins Diet is not a sufficient inducement to keep people on it.
Atkins Diet Cons 3: The metabolic processes involved in using fat for energy instead of carbohydrates can lead to increased uric acid and ketones which can cause kidney problems, gout and headaches.
Atkins Diet Cons 4: There can be low amounts of dietary fibre on the Atkins Diet leading to constipation and chronic bowel disease.
Atkins Diet Cons 5: Some experts believe that the high amounts of animal fat eaten on the Atkins Diet can have a bad effect on cholesterol levels and can lead to cardiac disease.
Atkins Diet Cons 6: There is some argument that a reduction in carbohydrates automatically leads to a reduction in calories because many high fat foods are unpalatable in large quantities without carbohydrates. For example, many people would not want to eat an egg without bread either fresh or toasted, or a burger without the bun or at least potatoes.
Atkins Diet Cons 7: The Atkins diet doesn't conform to the American Heart Association's dietary guidelines for a healthy heart