One of the most popular and effective diets created is the Atkins Low Carbohydrate Diet.
Christopher Gardner, Ph.D., and colleagues at Stanford University conducted an NCCAM-funded study of 311 overweight or obese pre-menopausal women. Four different diets including Atkins were used for the test and the women were randomly allocated to a diet. The Atkins group came out on top with an average weight loss of just over 10 pounds in the 12 month period. This group also had the most favourable metabolic effects.
Duke University Medical School
Duke University Medical School conducted a study of 120 overweight volunteers The patients followed either the Atkins diet (with multivitamins and fish oil) or an American Heart Association low-fat plan. The results after six months of the study were Atkins Diet Weight loss 31 pounds, a 49% drop in triglycerides and an 11% increase in HDL. Low-fat dieters Weight loss 20 pounds, a 22% drop in blood fats known as triglycerides and no increase in HDL HDL is the good cholesterol. The Atkins dieters were also more likely to adhere to the diet.
The Washington D.C. based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) suggests that the Atkins protein heavy diet places those who follow it at risk. “High protein diets may cause permanent loss of kidney function;” adding that “meat-heavy diets significantly increase one’s risk of colon cancer and osteoporosis”. Many health professionals are concerned about the long term health impact of eating red meat.
Additionally many people like to burn their meat and eat it well done. This can cause carcinogens.
How do we Solve the Problem?
Atkins is often mislabelled as red meat and more red meat. While it’s allowed, there are plenty of other lean protein sources to choose.
The purpose was to exchange of the butter, eggs, cheese and meat in the Atkins diet for soy protein foods, other vegetable proteins including gluten and vegetable fats, nuts, avocado, olive and canola oil will result in dramatic rather than modest reductions in blood lipids with weight loss. In effect this will represent an exchange of saturated fat and animal protein for healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and vegetable proteins with significant effects on blood lipids while still encouraging weight loss.
Consequences on Environment
Almost 6 tonnes of methane emissions annually is the result of one person eating fourteen servers of red meat per week.
Cheap fattening snacks, fast foods and processed meals are typically processed using massive amounts of energy. In an average Western diet, it takes 10 calories of fossil-fuel energy to dispense just one calorie of food energy on to your plate. That’s a whopping 3000 calories worth of fossil-fuel energy for an average sized chocolate bar
An extra 50kgs of weight in your car results in a 2% decrease in fuel economy. Richard Branson recently signed a pledge to lose at least 6kgs in weight before taking a flight in one of his exclusive new fuel-efficient aircraft.
The eco-diet especially the Eco-Atkins is a great way to save the world whilst you save yourself.