Protein Possibilities

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Yo-yo dieting is a popular trend among Americans in today’s society. The pressure is on to be thin and beautiful, and the diet and weight-loss industry is booming because of it. Meanwhile, nutritionists and dieticians are beside themselves, knowing the detrimental effects these diets can have on a person’s health. Nutrition professors, Yvonne Tapper-Gardzina, Nancy Cotugna, and Connie E.Vickery (2002), are just a few who argue against the use of these diets, especially the extremely popular High-protein / Low-carbohydrate diet. Others, such as Biology professors M. S. Westerterp-Plantenga, A. Smeets and A. Nieuwenhuizen (2007) believe that this specific diet is safe and ultimately very effective in weight-loss and maintenance; but is it “really” safe? Research, scientific evidence, and basic biology prove that high-protein diets with restricted carbohydrate intake can be very dangerous by greatly increasing a person’s risk for developing cardiovascular and renal diseases, cancer, osteoporosis, compromised vitamin and mineral status, and most importantly can increase the risk of sudden cardiac death. Because of these possible side effects; doctors, nurses, and dieticians need to be aware, and make a genuine effort to educate their patients on the dangers involved with the High-protein / Low-carbohydrate diet. Education is the best method of prevention. So what is the High-protein / Low-carb diet? It is a meal plan in which thirty to fifty percent of calories consumed are from protein. That’s more than twice the recommended amount. By restricting carbohydrates drastically to a mere fraction of that found in the typical American diet, the body goes into a different metabolic state called ketosis, whereby it burns its own fa... ... middle of paper ... ...arch 2, 2007;32:22-31. Available from: CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed October 30, 2011. M. S. Westerterp-Plantenga, A. Smeets and A. Nieuwenhuizen, (professors of the Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands), in their essay, “Sustained Protein Intake for Bodyweight Management” (2007), argues in favor of high protein diets, claiming that these diets are highly successful in maintaining the weight loss over a longer period of time. Their work was confirmed through a series of controlled studies using random healthy adults. This essay was constructed to give detailed explanations on how protein is metabolized and how it affects the body in terms of weight management. The intended audience for this essay is highly educated medical professionals, due to the frequent use of scientific values and terminology.

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