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We all know that much of the flavor of food is found in fats. Lean meats, for example, tend to be more tasteless and need more support from spices or sauces for us to enjoy their flavor more. Therefore, anyone who loves good food and loves meat, but who needs to lose or control their weight, the Atkins diet will seem like heaven.
Unlike most diets that limit or eliminate fat intake, this controversial nutritional plan, presented by cardiologist Robert Atkins in Dr. Atkins' book The Dietary Revolution, is based on the principle of reducing carbohydrates and increasing fats and proteins, so that the body has to burn more of the accumulated fat to use it as energy. The diet is also very popular for its effectiveness for weight loss, but although it has been improved to include more variety of foods such as vegetables and fruits, it has not yet received the approval of scientists, and is disturbing for entities such as the American Dietetic Association.
The Atkins diet is not the magic solution to weight problems, and nobody should start doing it without consulting their doctor, especially if they have any type of disease such as diabetes or kidney conditions, but it may be worth considering its advantages. and disadvantages.
Pros of this diet
• Allows us to eat the foods that most of us like.
• Do not starve: you can eat more of the allowed food.
• It has several phases and it is possible to start in any of the first three according to the objectives of each person.
• Some studies indicate that it improves insulin function in people with type 2 diabetes.
• It can be maintained for life!
Cons of this diet
• Too much fat of animal origin can increase the level of LDL cholesterol.
• Reducing carbohydrates can lead to fatigue, dizziness, headaches, and constipation.
• Limiting the consumption of fruits and vegetables reduces the amount of antioxidants and dietary fiber.
• You lose more weight than with other diets in the first six months, but in one year there is no significant difference.
• Serious potential long-term risks, such as osteoporosis, hypertension, liver or kidney complications, and even heart conditions.