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The Atkins Diet
This paper evaluates the popular Atkins revolution weight management diet.
# 67423 | 1,175 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Jul 09, 2006 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Nutrition (General)

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This paper explains that the Atkins diet programs recommends the consumption of a diet rich in fats and proteins, while severely reducing the intake of carbohydrates such as fruits and grains, which are a natural sources of vitamins; therefore, sticking to Atkins diet without supplementation will lead to severe vitamin and mineral deficiency. The author stresses that, in addition to other potential health risks, this essential requirement of dietary supplements is of great concern because these supplements are not easily assimilated by the body.
The paper concludes that an ideal way to manage weight is to consume a balanced diet with regular exercises instead of resorting to a diet that totally alters the body metabolism and leaves the patient dependent on a supplements.

Table of Contents
Atkins Philosophy
Atkins Diet /US RDA
Risk Factors

From the Paper:

"There are definitely health risks associated with the Atkins diet program. The fundamental change in food composition and consequent metabolic process carries a risk of electrolyte imbalance in our body. As Gail Frank, PhD, nutrition professor at California State University states, "Fruits and berries are much more indicative of early man's eating pattern than eating only protein, and we haven't changed all that much physiologically." High protein diet is known to cause the condition of acidic urine, which depletes calcium from the body. The result of calcium loss is a bone degeneration condition known as osteoporosis. Developing kidney stones is another major risk for Atkins dieters."

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