Dr Robert Atkins was a cardiologist. His diet was based on his own experience trying to lose weight. The Atkins Diet has become the most loved and hated fad diet in history.
It is loved by people who have tried it and actually lost weight. It is hated by people who fear it.
When this diet idea was released to the world in the 70s, there was little scientific data to back it’s theory. This state of unknown is the cause of fear and distrust in the diet.
Key doubts over the Atkins diet used to be :
How can one lose weight eating without counting calories?
How can one eat so much fat and not get sick?
I say ‘used to be’ because now there exists growing evidence in biochemistry and physiology to prove why this diet is the better option than the traditional low fat low calorie idea.
The generally accepted ‘low fat and low calorie’ advice of the last 3 decades resulted in people consuming more refined carbohydrate at the expense of fat and protein. People only got fatter.
In my article, Fad Diet Comparison: Which actually works and how we should interpret the results, scientific trials demonstrated the fact that not only did the Atkins diet help people lose more weight than other diets, it also changed the blood profile of the dieters more positively than the other diets. The Atkins diet actually reduced one’s risk to heart disease.
We are lucky today to have more information at our disposal. We have no excuse any more to diet wrong. Yet people still resist change, stick to dated ideas and lose control of their metabolism.
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