Compare and Contrast Low Carbohydrate Diets and Low Fat Diets The two most popular methods to lose weight are the low carbohydrate diets and the low fat diets. Both are in complete contrast when it comes to each diet’s food choices, the low carbohydrate diet which completely breaks the food pyramid limits a person to eating foods that are high in carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta and rice, while on the other hand, the low fat diet which follow the food pyramid limits a person to eat foods that are high in fat like meat, milk, and bean groups. Although each diet may sound very different from one another, they also share similarities. Both the low carbohydrate diet and the low fat diet claim that each is a good tool for weight loss. Even though their process in achieving weight loss and good health are in complete contrast; researchers found that each of the diets accomplish the same results.
Our brains need the fuel that carbohydrates provide for us; and the energy that comes from protein is not a sufficient source to replenish the rest of our bodies. Thus, including more protein-rich foods as part of our diet does not compensate for this loss of energy. Eating excessive amounts of protein affects our health in a negative way. The saturated fat and cholesterol in these foods that are recommended by low-carbohydrate/ high-protein diets actually promote an increased risk of heart disease. A weight loss plan that leads to such adverse effects on the body is definitely not a dieter’s healthiest option.
Each of these diets has their different approaches on how to lose weight, but in the end, they both obtain the same results. One of these diets being the low-carbohydrate diet, also known as the Atkins diet, whose approach is to restrict carbohydrate intake and increase protein intake. Carbohydrates are what is found in foods such as breads and pastas; and when broken down provides our bodies with energy. While reducing these kinds of carbohydrates, according to researchers, causes people to lose weight, so does the strict limitations to the kinds of foods a person can eat while on this diet. Therefore, when people go on this diet, they are allowed foods that have fat and protein in it, especially foods like meat and cheeses, yet they are not allowed certain vegetables, fruits, pastas, and breads.
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 American diet is high in calories and low in nutrients. The lack of nutrition in diets is causing major health risks but there are numerous ways to solve this problem. Eating healthy fats in moderation, eliminating sugars and artificial sweeteners, and eating food to fortify your body with the right nutrients and vitamins are some solutions. There is a belief that eating fatty foods is the cause of body fat, and it is consequently bad for you. Even though that is true there are many healthy sources of fat also.
On the other hand, the low-fat diet restricts caloric intake about 2,000 calories (depending on your age, sex, and height) in order to lose weight. Within the dieter’s restricted amount of calories; 30% of the overall calories can be from fat, 10% from protein, and 60 % from carbohydrates. On a 2,000 calorie diet, this wo... ... middle of paper ... ...n negative side effects due to the lack of fiber through fruits, vegetables and grains; whereas those on low-fat diets have shown the positive side effect of a lowered risk of heart disease. The Atkins diet and the low-fat diet show differences in their method of weight loss, the short-term and long-term results of their diet and the side effects that are caused by the method of the diet. 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.
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. Overall the Atkins and the Zone Diet share differences and similarities when it comes to weight loss. The Atkins Diet severely limits the amount of carbohydrates one puts into their bodies. This reduction causes insulin levels to remain more constant which in turn suppresses the appetite. Skeptics are not sure how healthy this diet is due to the high amounts of cholesterol in one's bloodstream that it leads to.
• Prevents Weight-Related Problems Fads diets deliver immediate results in weight management, which helps in preventing weight-related health issues. This helps in reducing the risks of hypertension, diabetes and heart diseases. Risks of Fad Diets Fad diet involves a restrictive diet that requires people to eat unusual food choices, therefore there some risks that are involved. These include: • Inadequate Nutritional Value One of the main effects of fad diets is the inability to meet the body’s nutritional requirements. In most cases, fad diets are unable to meet your body’s dietary needs as they typically designed to enable you to lose weight.
Sources: Astrup, Arne, Thomas Meinert Larsen, Angela Harper. “Atkins and other Low-Carbohydrate Diets: Hoax or an Effective Tool for Weight Loss?” TheLancet.com 4 Sept.2004
In terms of diet, there are many things that can affect your metabolism negatively. 1. Eating a diet too low in calories can cause the body to go into starvation mode. The body loses muscle, the metabolic rate slows down because it doesn 't need to consume and burns as many calories for good health, and you start to gain weight instead of lose weight. 2.