In recent years, many people have
turned to the low-carbohydrate Atkins diet to lose weight. What most people don't
understand is that, while eating a high-protein, animal-based diet might help
them shed unwanted pounds for a short time, those pounds usually come back with
a vengeance. People who go on the Atkins diet often end up fatter than when
they started and may experience additional health problems, including kidney
and liver trouble.
James Anderson, M.D., professor of
medicine and clinical nutrition at the University of Kentucky College of
Medicine, explains that the Atkins diet "is absolutely the worst diet you
could imagine for long-term obesity, heart disease, and some forms of cancer.
If you wanted to find one diet to ruin your health, you couldn't find one worse
Dr. Dean Ornish, respected author of
several health and diet books, advocates a
vegan diet as the most effective way to lose weight and keep it off. He points
out that "none of the high-protein diet authors have ever published
any studies in any peer-reviewed journals documenting that their approach can
help people lose weight safely and keep it off. In contrast, my colleagues and
I at the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute have published our
findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association and other
well-respected peer-reviewed journals."
The Atkins diet is also associated with
an array of other health problems, which is why it has been denounced by so
many members of the medical establishment. See, for example, the commentaries
offered by the following doctors and organizations:
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Dr. Michael Greger
The American Heart Association
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