Everyone would be healthier if they didn't eat junk food - Robert Atkins
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The diet is one that divides the country - a high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate regime that seems to make excess weight melt away. Celebrities from Jennifer Aniston to Geri Halliwell swear by it, and more than 10 million copies of the book, Dr Atkins' New Diet Revolution, first published 30 years ago, have been sold worldwide.
But others maintain that a diet based on fat and protein is totally unbalanced and cannot be good for the body. Indeed, Dr Atkins' diet totally contradicts the low-fat, high-fibre eating plans that doctors have recommended for weight loss for decades.
Many experts say that because the diet encourages eating plenty of red meat and cheese - i.e.…
The diet is one that divides the country - a high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate regime that seems to make excess weight melt away.
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The Atkins diet is by far the most famous ketogenic diet. The diet was developed by the late Robert C. Atkins, M.D. in the late 1980s, and it has been the focal point of the unfounded criticism over low carb diets. Some people opposed to low carb diets even go so far as to blame Dr. Atkin's death on it, when it reality, he died from a blow to the head, after slipping and falling on an icy sidewalk.
Atkins and other low-carb diets have been studied longer and harder than most other approaches, and Atkins does appear to be moderately successful, especially in the first couple of weeks. That's only part of the story, however. Much of the initial loss is water, say experts, because of the diet's diuretic effect. That's true of many other diets, too, and is one of the reasons researchers don't judge diets based on a few weeks of results. In diet studies, long-term generally starts at two years. Here's what several key studies had to say about Atkins and other low-carb diets:
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