Becau... ... middle of paper ... ...st in calories. However, that connection is nonexistent and people can gain weight on low-fat diets if they are not careful. They also do not get enough of the vitamins that are only found in fat. Low-calorie diets stipulate a cutback in overall food intake. Such diets are effective but also cut back on essential vitamins.
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.
In an online article Choose a Diet low in Fat, Saturated Fat and Cholesterol, it was stated that “Fats supply energy and essential fatty acids and promote absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K”. In contrast with the “good fat”, there is also a negative, which is the “bad fat”. Saturated fat, which is considered the “bad fat”, has been linked to high cholesterol and heart disease. It is mostly found in milk and other milk products. Therefore, the low fat diet encourages its participants to reduce saturated fat for it is the main cause of high cholesterol level.
There are also health risks associated with carbohydrate deficiency. Our bodies need carbohydrates in order for our brains and central nervous systems to function properly. Carbohydrate deficiency also leads to losses of functional protein tissue in the muscles. Thus, low-carbohydrate/ high-protein diets are not a healthy approach to weight loss. Low-carbohydrate/ high protein diets, such as the Atkins Diet, encourage dieters to consume foods that are proven to cause health problems, especially heart disease.
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.
Carbohydrates consist of foods like starches, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and sugars. Fats are foods such as butter, margarine, salad dressing, oil, nuts, meat, poultry, fish and some dairy products. Foods that provide protein include meat, poultry, fish, cheese, milk, dairy products, eggs, and dried beans. The Atkins and the Zone Diet both share the idea that the reduction of carbohydrates in one's diet will result in weight loss. Our bodies burn both fat and carbohydrates for energy, but carbohydrates are used first.
The Zone and Atkins diets aim to achieve lower levels of insulin in the bloodstream. The Zone diet reduces carbohydrates by structuring calorie intake to a 40% carbohydrate, 30% protein, 30% fat ratio. The ratio decreases the amount of carbohydrates consumed, inturn lowering overall insulin levels. The Atkins diet also lowers insulin levels by lowering the quantity of carbohydrates ingested. This four phase diet begins with extreme limitation and gradually allows small amounts of carbohydrates.
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.
first off both diets are fad diets and they both dont make you lose real weight that people are trying to lose , it just makes you mostly lose water weight . Also they both are low carb, high-protein diets. Both diets also are advertised on tv’s and commercials. Also both diets make you feel less hungry and eat less. Now lets start giving differences.
The Atkins Diet Versus Low-Fat Diets The Atkins diet and the USDA recommended low-fat diet seem to be on the opposite sides of the diet spectrum. These two diets have many differences and no apparent similarities, other than the goal of losing weight. These differences include the results of the diets, possible side effects, and the theories behind the diets. The Atkins diet recommends reducing carbohydrate intake in order to lose weight. Conversely, the low-fat diet recommends reducing caloric intake to lose weight; especially the calories from fat.