Whenever someone is deciding on what diet to go on, they consider whether it will keep the weight off in the end and what the pros and cons are compared to other diets. Atkins has been a growing trend in weight lost ever since Dr. Atkins came out with his best selling book Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution. Through the examination of three different studies, researchers were able to determine whether the Atkins diet will keep weight off compared to calorie and fat reduced diets, as well as how this diet works. Although, further longitudinal research must be done in order to see the true repercussions of going on a low-carbohydrate diet, researchers can conclude that in the end, eating a low fat diet and exercising are the only true answers to losing weight. The Atkins diet is for people who are over the low fat diet and exercising.
The purpose of this essay is to compare Low carb and Low Fat diets and examine their similarities and differences. Two studies in the New England Journal of Medicine provide evidence that in the short term, a low-carbohydrate diet helped people lose weight without any adverse effects. In the last decade, several leading nutritional scientists have taken the side effects into consideration. They have begun to think that the low carb diet may be partly right about losing weight, and scientists are now finally studying whether low-fat diets really work. However, many people still question the low-carbohydrate diet's long-term effectiveness and choose to stick to the traditional low fat diet.
This approach to healthy weight loss can be a slow process but reduces the presumed risks associated with other diets, such as Atkins. Is it possible to eat high-fat foods daily and not cause damage to you heart? High fat foods have been proven to cause health problems such as high blood pressure, colon cancer, and higher cholesterol as well as many other diseases. A study conducted at the Durham VA Medical Center in North Carolina “showed that on average, mildly obese people lost about 21 pounds in four months on the diet and had positive changes in heart risk factors, such as reduced cholesterol and increased HDL or good cholesterol” (healthcenter.com). Th... ... middle of paper ... ...risks some people have in suffering from heart disease.
In the short term, dieting seems like a good idea, as an individual “can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of... [his or her] weight on any number of diets...” However, “then the weight comes back.”, claims UCLA associate professor Traci Mann. Diets are simply not effective in the long term, as multiple studies have found. In one particular study that tracked participants for two years, it was found that 23% of participants who were tracked for less than two years had gained back more than they lost, while 83% participants that were followed for more than two years gained back more weight than they had lost. Another study found that “50 percent of dieters weighed more than 11 pounds over their starting weight five years after the diet…” In fact, diets can be more harmful in the long term than taking no action. The cycle of gaining weight then losing it has been linked to “cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and altered immune functions.” It is not known what causes this but its very detrimental to your health.
Diabetes According to Chiasson and Rabasa-Lhoret, there are a few data on insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion on the effort of preventing diabetes and developing glucose intolerance (2). People with glucose tolerance problems should diet and participate in exercise for about three hours per week, in order to lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle changes can reduce the onset of diabetes by nearly 60%, if a patient would lower his or her calorie, start a low-fat diet, and do aerobic exercise (Chiasson and Rabasa-Lhoret 78). Slim people benefit more from exercise than obese people. However, dieting and exercising help reduce the incidence of diabetes in both slim and obese people.
The following presents an analysis of previous research conducted about healthy living interventions and their effectiveness in changing exercise and eating habits of individuals or reducing the prevalence of obesity within a community. Previous research shows that while nutrition focused programs have only been implemented in large populations, these interventions are associated with reduced rates of obese adults (Roos, Lean, & Anderson, 2002; Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2010). Furthermore, exercise based interventions are considered highly effective for inducing weight loss in obese individuals (Anderson et al., 2001; Shaw et al., 2009). However, no studies compared the effectiveness of nutritional only programs with exercise focused interventions. This proposed study may help to provide evidence so that leaders and healthcare professionals can choose appropriate programs for a population.
Much of obesity research of the past century has focused on elucidating behavioral techniques that could induce the obese to eat less, tolerate hunger better, and so, by this logic, lose weight. The obesity epidemic suggests it has failed. He also questioned the validity of the research, when he stated in the article “is the experience of six days relevant to what
In “Against The Grains”, Moyer uses statistics to show the logic of the article. She reports the result of a research published by researchers at the US Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University. The result is low-carb dieters lost 12.9 percent of their former weight, while low-fat dieters lost only 6.7 percent (Moyer 8). “12.9” and “6.7” and directly shows the difference between low-fat diet and low-carb diet. First of all, people are more sensitive about statistic numbers than words.
Approximately 20 percent of study participants did not know that certain foods or drinks may help prevent heart disease or obesity. Furthermore, 38 percent of participants could not correctly identify that trans fat in the diet may raise the risk of heart disease and obesity, while nearly 48 percent were unaware that omega 3 fatty acids may lower the risk of heart disease, while 17 percent did not know that saturated fat may raise the risk of heart disease and obesity (U.S. FDA et al.). The s... ... middle of paper ... ...al exercising, it is very important to have a well-balanced diet to prevent obesity and related diseases. Works Cited U.S. FDA. “Key findings from 2002 and 2008 U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Health and Diet survey.” FDA.
Another factor connecting fad diets and mental effects is that when elderly people follow fad diets it can raise the incidence of dementia. According to Dr Dangour as it cited in “the Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum”, 2008, the practicing of a fad diets in elderly people causes the decrease of omega-3, which works to protect their bodies from dementia. It shows the important of balance diet to maintain the brain. Thirdly, following low carbohydrate diet make people feel tired. The research points out that when people consume low percentage of carbohydrate which create the glucose in human’s body the body starts to create the glucose from protein which lead to breakdown body muscle to feed brain and that make people feel tired (Nutrition - Fad Diets, n.d.).