Such diets are effective but also cut back on essential vitamins. By reducing the amount of carbohydrates in a persons diet and replacing them with fat and protein low-carbohydrate diets safely and efficiently induce weight loss. Works Cited 1. Astrup, Anne, Thomas Meinert Larsen, and Angela Harper. Atkins and other low carbohydrate diets: hoax or an effective tool for weight loss.
Comparing and Contrasting Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets The low-carbohydrate diet and the low-fat diet take two different approaches to achieve the same goal of weight loss. The fundamental difference between the two diets is found in the comparison of their nutritional recommendations. Nutritional recommendations are the foundation of both diets, although their views on the role carbohydrates, proteins, and fats should play differs greatly. Dieters are told that following these nutritional recommendations will promote weight loss. The amount of weight loss achieved with either diet fluctuates over time and in the end, the results for the two diets are similar.
Therefore, the low fat diet encourages its participants to reduce saturated fat for it is the main cause of high cholesterol level. On the other hand, even though low carbohydrate diets do not state that carbohydrates are bad; they do state that it causes weight gain; this idea gives most Americans that it is bad because it causes a person to gain weight. When a person eats foods that are high in carbohydrates the body produces more insulin, which causes the body to quickly change food into body fat. This is why the low carbohydrate diets like the Atkins diet restricts a person to eat very small amount of food that contains
With regards to calories, there are two approaches between the two diets being examined that lead to weight loss. The logic behind the Atkins diet is that by eating fewer carbohydrates, insulin levels remain at a steadier degree and cravings are subsided, thereby causing people to consume fewer calories and in turn lose weight. Despite the loss in weight however, the substitutes for these simple carbohydrates recommended by the Atkins diet are high fat, high protein foods such as butter, cheese, and meats. These foods although when eaten exclusively can lead to weight loss, there are other health problems associated with this method of dieting. An alternative to substituting simple carbohydrates with high ... ... middle of paper ... ... foods are encouraged.
The Atkins diet emphasizes the reduction of carbohydrates from the diet in order to lose weight; whereas the low-fat diet emphasizes the reduction of calories, especially those high in fat. The Atkins method seems to cause more weight loss than the low-fat diet within the first 3-6 months but shows similar loss after 12 months. But this increased weight loss early in the diet is accompanied by more negative side effects than the low- fat diet.
Salads and vegetables also make up a large portion of the approved list of foods. The diets differ in the amount of saturated fats they recommend, and whether or not they allow nuts, a good source of unsaturated fats. Although distinct, both diets claim they can lower cholesterol, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and best of all help people to lose weight. References Agatston, Arthur. The South Beach Diet.
Our bodies burn both fat and carbohydrates for energy, but carbohydrates are used first. Once these carbohydrates are taken away our bodies naturally lose weight by burning stored body fat instead (www.webmd.com). Based on this knowledge, the Atkins Diet restricts carbohydrate intake to only 3 cups per day of leafy green vegetables. Fats and proteins make up the rest of the diet. Atkins does not restrict the amount of meats, eggs, and cheeses one eats a... ... middle of paper ... ... experts agree that the Atkins and Zone Diet do result in weight loss.
(See References 3) This deficit can be accumulated through calories burned with exercise, and calories reduced from food. Effective Dietary Changes Small dietary changes can have a big impact on your weight-loss effort. A healthy diet consist of a limited consumption of foods that are high in sugar, salt, trans and saturated fats, and cholesterol. It should emphasize the basic food groups: whole grains, low-fat protein, dairy that's fat-free or non-fat, and various fruits and vegetables. You can reduce your caloric intake by eating smaller portions; the recommended serving sizes are often less than what's on your plate.
In most cases, fad diets are unable to meet your body’s dietary needs as they typically designed to enable you to lose weight. This is because the diet plan is restrictive that reduces the intake of foods with essential nutrients or that requires you to eat the same foods day after day. • Promotes Unhealthy Eating Habits Most fad diets do not focus on meeting the nutritional requirements of your body, but on losing weight quickly. This encourages unhealthy eating habits as many people result to restricting their intake of foods that have essential nutrients. In fact, the diet programs are designed to take advantage of the willingness of people to attempt anything to lose weight or feel and look
The Zone and Atkins diets aim to achieve lower levels of insulin in the bloodstream. The Zone diet reduces carbohydrates by structuring calorie intake to a 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein, 30% fat ratio. The ratio decreases the amount of carbohydrates consumed, inturn lowering overall insulin levels. The Atkins diet also lowers insulin levels by lowering the quantity of carbohydrates ingested. This four phase diet begins with extreme limitation and gradually allows small amounts of carbohydrates.