Nutrition Essay

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January 18, 2013 How healthy are Fad Diets Fad diets are nothing new to many people. They promise to be a fast way to lose weight. Some of these diets, just to name a few examples: Atkins’ Diet, Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, The Beverly Hills Diet, the list goes on and on. They all guarantee dramatic weight loss that is easy to keep the weight at bay as long as you follow their regimen. Some have led to weight loss, others have led to sickness, and some led to more weight gain if not followed through. When deciding on a fad diet, most people don’t ask many questions they are just looking for the quick fix. With all the non-fad diets out there why do people always look for the easy way out? To better understand what they entail I will examine two of the more popular fad diets. Dr. Robert Coleman Atkins (October 17, 1930 – April 17, 2003) was an American physician and cardiologist, best known for the "Atkins Nutritional Approach", or "Atkins Diet", a popular but controversial way of eating that requires close control of carbohydrate consumption, emphasizing protein and fat as the primary sources of dietary calories in addition to a controlled number of carbohydrates from vegetables. (Wikipedia) He came up with this diet plan back in 1972; it wasn’t until 2003 and 2004 that his diet plan became popular. This diet has four phase, phase one is the induction period for two weeks. This phase boasts incredible weight loss, up to fifteen pounds in two weeks. An individual is allowed to have

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