Atkins: THIN Chance You'll Be Healthy

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The above article discusses the dangers of going on the fad diet, Atkins. Like most fad diets, Atkins tries to help people lose weight without having to diet or exercise as hard as necessary. The Atkins diet does this by having people eat high amounts of protein and low amounts of carbohydrates. This diet plan has led to a distinct pattern of heart disease. Diets high in fat have been linked to increase risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. High cholesterol, low carbohydrate diets have been found to be linked with ketosis. Ketosis symptoms include thirst, headache, and weakness. While there have so far only been distinct patterns, and no scientific studies to show the dangers of being on the Atkins diet, there have also been know studies showing its effect on long term health. Users should beware the patterns of heart disease that Atkins creates, along with the complications from other fad diets and stick to the only method of weight loss that has worked traditionally: diet and exercise. Looking for the quick fix rarely works. In the case of Atkins, sure you might lose weight in the short run, but in the long run you can get heart disease.
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This is a very interesting post. Really, people are just taking shortcuts in order to lose weight with the least amount of work. This reminds me of the not so famous, but very unhealthy "cookie diet." In this diet, you are allowed two cookies and a glass of milk in the morning; two cookies, a glass of juice, and a salad for lunch; and two cookies and a glass of water for dinner. What happened to nutrition? People are taking way too many shortcuts and not doing losing weight the right way: through eating healthy and exercising daily.

I completely agree. It seems like people are just trying to put a complete nix on exercise in favor of cutting out certain foods in their diet. Sensibly, it seems like someone could just add a regular exercise regimen and cut out some basic unhealthy foods to have a successful diet. Why would you purposely avoid a dietary need of the body, especially if it makes you feel sick and leads to heart disease?

First off, let me say that your title is what initially drew me in to reading your article: clever. I also appreciate you bringing out the truth and high level of risk between the fad ATKINS diet. Food groups are not meant to be cut out completely from one's diet (except maybe the sugar and sweets category), but rather are meant to be consumed in healthy and controlled portions. By completely removing an essential food group such as carbohydrates, one will not be healthy.

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