ATKINS DIET

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(1) What is the scientific basis of the Atkins diet?

(2) How do the followers of the diet achieve the desirable effects?

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  • Anonymous
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    Atkins diet

    (1) What is the scientific basis of the Atkins diet?

    Primarily, the main cause of obesity is eating refined carbohydrates, particularly sugar, flour, and high-fructose corn syrups.Atkins diet involves restriction of carbohydrates to more frequently switch the body's metabolism from burning glucose as fuel to burning stored body fat. This process, called ketosis, begins when insulin levels are low; in normal humans, insulin is lowest when blood glucose levels are low (mostly before eating). Ketosis lipolysis occurs when some of the lipid stores in fat cells are transferred to the blood and are thereby used for energy.On the other hand, caloric carbohydrates (e.g., glucose or starch, the latter made of chains of glucose) impact the body by increasing blood sugar after consumption. [In the treatment of diabetes, blood sugar levels are used to determine a patient's daily insulin requirements.]Lastly, because of fiber's low digestibility, it provides little or no food energy and does not significantly impact glucose and insulin levels.(2) How do the followers of the diet achieve the desirable effects?

    The followers achieve the desirable effects which help prevent cardiovascular disease, lower the low density

    lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and increase the amount of HDL

    cholesterol, by taking a low-carbohydrate diet using the products provided by Atkins franchise.

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