found with the Atkins diet
despite having an above average lifespan, also have severe health
problems. One of the most serious is obesity. It isnt surprising
to see weight-loss books taking up a bookcase or even a whole aisle.
One popular author of a modern diet book series is the late Dr.
Robert Atkins. While the series is extremely popular, people are
unaware of many flaws of the Atkins diet.
The intricate details of the Atkins diet can be found in Dr. Atkins
books or at www.atkins.com.
The beginning phase of the Atkins diet distribution is atypical.
Consisting of high protein, low vegetable and minimal carbohydrate
consumption, it is almost opposite of the food pyramid. While the
unusual characteristics and popularity of the diet seem appealing,
there are many characteristics that are often ignored.
Many ordinary dieters are convinced of the diets wonders,
but many in the medical community, such as the American Heart Association,
which supports a balanced diet with regular exercise, disagree with
the Atkins diet. In addition, some studies that support the Atkins
diet concept concentrate on short-term, rather than long-term weight
loss. Some studies do show how participants lose weight after several
months on the Atkins diet, but no studies show whether the participants
maintain their lost weight over several years. In addition, there
are other aspects of the diet that can be harmful.
According to TCU nutrition professor Christina Ranelle, there are
significant side effects that could result from the Atkins diet.
Ketone, an acidic substance that the body creates when it burns
protein and fat, is overproduced when one eats too much protein
and not enough carbohydrates. An excess amount changes the acid/base
balance in the body, which can cause kidney disease, dizziness or
In addition, the Atkins diet contradicts normal human nutritional
physiology. The human body does use protein for muscle repair and
growth, but carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for the
body. Many athletes consume significant amounts of carbohydrates
for their workouts. By limiting carbohydrate intake, an athlete
could hurt the ability for his or her body to perform rigorous work
or even function normally.
Atkins diet seems to be all the rage lately. Restaurants and grocery
stores currently sell low-carbohydrate food and even low-carbohydrate
beer. While the Atkins diet sounds appealing, a balanced diet with
exercise is still preferable. People should consider the unpleasant
side effects of a diet that is supposed to help, but may actually
Chu is a senior political science major from Arlington.