One study showed that, after 12 months, dieters following the Atkins diet had regained over 30% of weight that they had lost in the first six months on the diet, dropping from 7% cumulative body weight loss at six months to 4.4% cumulative body weight loss at 12 months. This weight gain may in part be due to the difficulty dieters have in following the dietary recommendations, but if the Atkins diet cannot help dieters keep the weight off than it is no better than any other diet we have and the side effects may be worse.
There are many types of weight loss surgeries, adjustable gastric banding, also known as a lap band, has had its share of success by providing an average of 40% excess weight loss in the first year and has helped to resolve type 2 diabetes (Welch, paragraph 3). This surgery does come with risks and side affects such as: bleeding, blood clots, perforation of the stomach or asophogous, spleen damage and abdominal infection, these represent a 1% to 3% chance of occurance for the patient, and in less than 1% of patients death (Sutter Health paragraph 6). According to the American Obesity Association there is at least a 10% chance of complication... ... middle of paper ... ...r Obese People, News Medical. May 2 2013. Web.
Several studies have documented that lifestyle intervention is the capable one to reduce body weight in obese people. Diabetes Prevention Program4 did a comparison of weight loss percentage by giving lifestyle intervention, placebo, and metformin to obese people. The result stated that after four years, lifestyle intervention which is the combination of dietary modification, physical activity, and behavior therapy gives more significant weight loss by 58% compared to placebo and 39% compared to metformin. In Look AHEAD study,10 it examined the effect of intensive lifestyle modification on obese, type 2 diabetic people. After a year, those who were given intensive lifestyle modification lost weight up to 8.6% from initial body weight.
“In 1993, obesity was identified as a key contributor to at least 300,000 deaths each year in America,” according to former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health, J. Michael McGinnis, MD, and the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), William Foege (Klein 2000). More than half of Amer... ... middle of paper ... ...d alone or in a combination to bring about successful weight loss (Dwyer, et al. 1973, 309). They are dietary modifications, increased physical activity, and medications. A lot of doctors believe that eating a balanced diet and exercise is the best way to get rid of excess weight and keep it off.
Recently, liquid diets have been positively modified, thus rising in popularity since their fall out during the late 1970’s. Out of the twenty million dieters, about one billion dollars will be spent this year on either medically sponsored liquid diets or over-the-counter liquid diet products (http://www.thriveonline.com/@@uwUQ@wQAMB…ve/health/Library/CAD/abstract13110.html). Even though many companies claim their diet produces safe and effective weight loss, many medical researches express their concern for various health risk consequences. PURPOSE OF TREATMENT The main purpose of liquid diets is weight loss. Many people have a low self-esteem concerning their looks and feel that weight loss would improve their outer appearance.
You start to eat and you feel full really quickly" (http://www.wraltv.com:80/features/healthteam/1996/1106-weight-partl/html). How effective is Redux? Weight loss with denfexfluramine appears to be relatively modest for most patients. In addition, the majority of weight loss occurs within four to six months of initiating use, with weight loss declining after this period. If no weight loss occurs after one month of use, the patient and doctor must re-evaluate this drug therapy..
By exercising and eating healthy foods, the weight-loss can be considerably enhanced. Though the surgery rarely gets people to their ideal body weight, most patients get within 30-40 pounds (Woodward 67). Weight loss begins immediately after the operation. The majority of people will continue to lose weight for approximately twelve months. The amount of weight a patient will lose every month will fluctuate depending upon the height and weight prior to surgery (Woodward 57).
Therefore, the Atkins Diet is successful at making one lose weight in the short term because carbohydrate intake is severely restricted to less than 20 grams per day and will eventually climb to about 40 grams after a few weeks. This "translates to no more than three cups of loosely packed salad or two cups of salad with two-thirds cup of certain cooked vegetables each day" (www.webmd.com). However, the body needs a certain amount of these carbohydrates and after a while of recieving them the body does not function properly. According to Gail Frank, a PhD professor of nutrition at California State University in Long Beach, "The body needs a minimum of carbohydrates for efficient and healthy functioning -- about 150 grams daily" (www.webmd.com). She states that less than 150 grams of carbohydrates disrupts the body's normal metabolic activity.
Insulin slows down the process of lipolysis, in which ... ... middle of paper ... ...holesterol) and blood pressure were not significantly raised during the low carb diet. However, by the end of the year, these people regained a lot of the weight that they had lost These studies 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 short term and long term 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. From comparing these studies it can be concluded that both diets do efficiently “work,” they just affect the body in different ways, with different side effects…and in the end produce similar results: giving up on the diet and being heavy again.
The Atkins diet is for people who are over the low fat diet and exercising. The Atkins diet means restricting a person’s caloric intake to 5-10% from carbohydrates in their daily diet. Which is a vast reduction of carbohydrates compared to other diets that usually allow up to 40-45% of calories from foods like fruits and vegetables? The Atkins diet is no longer just a fad, it has really caught on worldwide, almost 20 million people now follow Dr. Atkins’ diet. The Atkins diet also claims to be a three in one diet, it not only allows people to lose weight, it also claims to keep the weight off without the feeling of hunger, and lastly it claims to help prevent disease.