Atkins Diet, Medical Community Less Skeptical!

Originally Posted on June 12, 2012

 By Virginia Wright

Report out by The American Journal of Medicine is saying…

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Atkins Diet may help your heart after all and has been given somewhat of a SCIENTIFIC, THUMBS UP! The medical community is less skeptical of the Atkins Diet that touts large amounts of protein and fat in the diet; saying people can lose weight “Twice as fast” based on a 6 month study on a Low-Carb/High Fat Diet as a dieter on a Low-Fat/ Calorie-restricted diet. However, it is thought that people will gain weight back faster once off the Atkins diet. No matter what type of diet you chose, making a weight-loss and maintenance program a “Life Style Change” will reduce weight fluctuations. Then incorporate portion control into the equation, exercise 3-4 x per week for (approximately 20-30 minutes per session) and eat less sugary carbohydrates, i.e., candy, cookies, cake, and pies which basically are the “empty calories” in your daily diet. Whether you are on a Low-Fat/Calorie-Restricted Diet, Mediterranean, Low Cholesterol, or Low Carb Diet such as Atkin’s Diet; or any other Diet…Getting up and moving (exercise), lowering portions you eat (calorie reduction), and overall healthier eating habits is a recipe for success.  It All begins with a positive attitude and desire for a healthier, trimmer, you!

Risk Factors Such as….

Atherosclerosis and weight loss need to be studied long term before a Carbohydrate- Restricted diet is endorsed says The New England Journal of Medicine.

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine http://www.nejm.org

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa055317#t=articleTop

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