Atkins Diet Advantages

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According to the Atkins Nutritional Approach and verified by various studies of this diet by scientists, the following are the advantages of this diet:

  • Most important of all - significant weight loss
  • Blood sugar and insulin levels become stabilised
  • Significant metabolic changes in insulin and glucose levels
  • Improves insulin sensitivity / resistance
  • Blood lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) levels are lowered
  • There is some evidence it could be beneficial for diabetics
  • This diet may prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes
  • Better, more restful sleep (especially in people previously obese)
  • Manages (without drugs) impaired insulin levels in some people
Atkins diet advantages - significant metabolic changes in insulin and glucose levels

References

  1. One large study followed 311 pre-menopausal, non-diabetic women aged 25-50, for 12 months to gauge their weight loss on this diet compared to control groups on other types of diets which advocated higher carbohydrate consumption. The study found that that the women undertaking the Atkins diet had significantly lowered blood pressure and blood levels of cholesterol and triglyceride's than those women on the other diets (The Zone, Ornish, LEARN diets). This study was conducted by Stanford University and released in March 2007. This study produced results that were completely unexpected by the scientific and medical community
  2. Gardner CD, Kiazand A, Alhassan S, Kim S, Stafford RS, Balise RR, Kraemer HC, King AC. Comparison of the Atkins, Zone, Ornish, and LEARN Diets for Change in Weight and Related Risk Factors Among Overweight Premenopausal Women. JAMA. 2007;297:969-977. Accessed on 10 Jan 200
  3. Boden G, Sargrad K, Homko C, Mozoli M, Stein TP. Effect of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet on Appetite, Blood Glucose Levels, and Insulin Resistance in Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Annals of Internal Medicine, Volume 142, Issue 6, Pages 403-411, 15 March 2005. Accessed on 10 Jan 2008. This study was only a short-term one (lasted two weeks), more longer-term studies need to be done
  4. Knopp RH and Retzlaff BM. Saturated fat prevents coronary artery disease? An American paradox. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 80, Issue 5, Pages 1102-1103, November 2004. Retrieved on 10 Jan 2008
  5. Diabetes Prevention Program, developed at the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, accessed 10 January 2008
  6. Willi SM, Oexmann MJ, Wright NM, Collop NA, Key LL. The Effects of a High-Protein, Low-Fat, Ketogenic Diet on Adolescents with Morbid Obesity: Body Composition, Blood Chemistries, and Sleep Abnormalities. Pediatrics 1998, 101(1):61-67. Accessed on 10 January 2008

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