Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been having a closer look at the fad diet. Are they any good? What are the long term effects? The Atkins diet has been one of the most hotly debated diets over the years. Former Melrose Place and Ally McBeal star Courtney Thorne-Smith was a spokesperson for the Atkins diets and it’s attracted a lot of attention from big name celebrities, but is it really as dangerous as what they say?
The Atkins diet is your traditional low carbohydrate diet, though is pretty much a no carbohydrate diet. It was popular in the early 2000’s, promoting itself as aiding weight loss. One good thing about eliminating carbohydrates means all the refined sugars are eliminated, but the benefits end there.
The diet lacks key nutrients by avoiding important food groups as well as being very high in saturated fat. Of course, some people don’t care as it basically gives them a licence to see bacon, steak and fried foods in abundance. Sorry to break the news to you, but copious amounts of bacon are not nutritious. Some research has shown the diet can increase the risk of heart disease too.
A Danish obesity expert, Dr Arne Astrup found studied five diets, and his findings revealed Atkins dieters were more likely to suffer from headaches, muscles weakness and constipation and/or diarrhea.
Atkins believers promoted there was a ‘metabolic advantage’ to eating this way (high protein, low carb) stating you were in a 950kcal energy deficit already just by eating no carbohydrates. This was shown to not be true and in reality weight is still basic maths. If energy in is more than energy out, you will not lose weight.
This is not a weight loss plan I would recommend to any of my clients. A healthy eating plan consists of all food groups and daily exercise. I can’t continue to stress that there’s no healthy fast and quick way to lose weight