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.
This four phase diet begins with extreme limitation and gradually allows small amounts of carbohydrates. Though these diets implement different approaches they both reduce the insulin levels in the bloodstream. The Zone diet’s main concern is a lifelong optimization of the body’s metabolic function by regulation of levels of insulin in the bloodstream. These insulin levels are largely affected by the types of food consumed. Studies have shown that the consumption of foods high in carbohydrates lead to an increased level of insulin in the bloodstream.
Insulin therefore, lowers BGL in its presence. Glucagon, in the other hand promote glycogen breakdown to ensure glucose release, that then will be used as ATP source to allow energy expenditure by the body (Chen et al., 2010). Exercise post ingestion of a meal decrease glucose levels and block endogenous glucose production, as glucose is used as ATP source to allow muscle contraction. BGL decrease faster in individuals that experience exercise compared to individuals who don’t (Jeukendrup et al., 1999). In the present experiment the effect of exercise on blood glucose levels after a meal will be investigated.
The Atkins Diet is beneficial in that blood sugar levels are generally kept lower due to decreased carbohydrate and sugar consumption. However, eliminating all carbohydrate and sugar intake can be dangerous. Both the levels of sugar and insulin are very important within the body and a proper carbohydrate intake will ensure that these levels are kept within limits necessary to promote optimum functioning.
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
This process helps dieters keep off the fat that they lose. It works because insulin directly stimulates protein synthesis and retards protein breakdown in muscles. During low calorie diets, as insulin levels decline , the 'protein sparing' process also declines. Chromium picolinate also stimulates metabolism. In order to do this, chromium picolinate aides the heat producing effects of insulin .
However, before answering this problem, we must first understand how the diet in question works. While many diets attempt to limit the number of calories consumed per meal, the Atkins diet instead tries to lower the carbohydrate content of these meals. The reasoning comes from the theory that carbohydrates - complex sugars found in bread and starchy foods, will lead to an increase in levels of another chemical, insulin. Insulin is a chemical that regulates several important factors in the human body, including that of weight and hunger. Nutritionists supporting the Atkins plan believe that high levels of insulin in the bloodstream actually slow down the body’s process of burning fat, known as lypolysis.
The study looked at equal proportions of these bars to see their effects on glycemic and insulinemic levels. This paper will be focusing on the differences between the Atkins and Balance Energy Bars and the effect they have on glycemic and insulin. The Atkins Diet contains a low amount of carbohydrates, whereas the Zone Diet has the components of a 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein, and 30% fat breakdown. The energy bars associated with these diet influences the glycemic and insulin levels in the body. By having a reduction of glycemic and insulin levels in the body affects a diet.
When increasing to such large amounts of protein the theory is that the body will be able preserve lean body mass (Paoli, et al., 2012). There is a saying that “fat burns in the flame of a carbohydrate” and this describes the effect that occurs during the Krebs Cycle when glucose storages are at an extremely low amount. At this point the body must convert protein and fat to glucose to be able to supply the body with the necessary amount to be able to function (Paoli, et al., 2012). Other studies have suggests the idea that a low carbohydrate diet decreases the prevalence of acne vulgaris and this diet would be no different. The goal of a Ketogenic Diet and its relationship to decreasing acne vulgaris can be viewed through a series of tests and the pathways that these ketones follow.
But what do some of these other common words and phrases mean? What are insulinemia, glycemia, and a glycemic index? They are frequently used, but what do they mean? First of all, the goal of the low carb bars and snacks is to reduce the postprandial (after a meal) insulin levels. Insulin levels are important for health reasons, particularly diabetes.