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    Interesting article...Very Good Read!

    “HIGH CARBS” versus “HIGH PROTEIN”: Which one should you follow to
    gain muscle / burn fat???..........Part 2


    The Second Phase of Weight Loss

    People who manage to stay on high-protein diets also lose weight
    because these diets restrict carbohydrate calories such as fruits,
    vegetables, breads, cereals, and legumes.

    By eliminating so many foods from your diet, you automatically
    reduce your calorie intake, resulting in a negative calorie balance
    and therefore weight loss. Doris Bosnyack of San Bernardino says,
    "I stayed on it about 3 weeks. After a while I couldn't eat; the
    taste of the food was terrible. I didn't enjoy it -- just meat,
    meat, meat. I wasn't a big meat eater to begin with. I got
    constipated and lethargic. I looked terrible. I looked like someone
    ran over me. My eyes got sunken in and blackened. I just felt sick."

    Major professional health organizations, including the American
    Heart Association, the National Cholesterol Education Program, and
    the American Cancer Society endorse a diet that is composed of 10%
    to 15% protein, 55% to 60% carbohydrates, and 25% to 30% fat. The
    Atkins Diet can be more than 80% protein or fat, and less than 6%
    carbohydrate depending upon the low-carbohydrate foods selected.
    High-fat, high-protein diets are believed to be the underlying
    cause of our major diseases, including heart disease, strokes,
    adult-type diabetes, and obesity.

    In a report in the October 9,
    2001 issue of the journal Circulation, the Nutrition Committee of
    the American Heart Association wrote "High-protein diets may also
    be associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease due to
    intakes of saturated fat, cholesterol, and other associated dietary
    factors" (Circulation 104:1869, 2001). "High-protein diets are not
    recommended because they restrict healthful foods that provide
    essential nutrients and do not provide the variety of foods needed
    to adequately meet nutritional needs. Individuals who follow these
    diets are therefore at risk for compromised vitamin and mineral
    intake, as well as potential cardiac, renal, bone, and liver
    abnormalities overall."

    Dr. Atkins recommends you eat all you can eat of roast rack of
    lamb, lobster dripping in butter, and bacon and eggs. He believes
    human beings are carnivores -- an observation contradicted by all
    aspects of our anatomy and physiology. Our teeth are not like a
    cat's, we have no claws for tearing apart meat, our intestine is
    designed for digesting plant foods, not meat, and our livers have a
    limited capacity to metabolize cholesterol, which is one big reason
    our cholesterol levels rise on the Western diet.

    Food-restricting High-protein Diets

    The second form of high-protein diets employs stringent rules for
    choosing foods in order to limit calorie intake. For example, The
    Zone Diet asks you to limit your protein intake to about 100 grams
    a day of protein, then distribute the rest of the calories as 30%
    protein, 30% fat, and 40% carbohydrate. Following these rules a man
    would be eating about 1300 calories a day, when in fact your
    particular body may need more, depending on whether you are trying
    to gain muscle or burn fat, and on your own particular metabolism.

    The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet reduces your calorie intake by asking
    you to eat two severely carbohydrate-restricted meals and one
    well-balanced "Reward Meal" containing carbohydrates (limited to
    one hour of eating). The carbohydrate-restricted meals severely
    limit your food choices to meats, poultry, fish, oils and most
    high-fat dairy products; as a result you take in fewer calories.
    Osteoporosis and kidney stones are caused primarily by a diet rich
    in animal foods. Such a diet provides an abundance of acid that
    must be neutralized in order for the body to function properly and
    health to be maintained. The body's primary buffering system is its
    bones. The bones dissolve as the first step to osteoporosis. The
    second step involves changes in the kidneys' physiology caused by
    animal foods that results in the loss of this bone material into
    the urinary system. During its passage through the ureters some of
    the calcium solidifies into calcium kidney stones and the rest is
    lost from the body, leaving the bones porous (J Nutr 128:1051,
    1998; J Pedriatr 117.743, 1990).

    Mental Function Impaired by Ketosis

    Mental health seems to be impaired by ketosis. Performance on the
    "Trail-making Task," a neuropsychological test which requires
    higher order mental processing and flexibility was found to be
    adversely affected by the ketogenic diet (Int J Obes Relat Metab
    Disord 19:811, 1995). Maybe this reduced mental capacity is one
    reason some people on the Atkins Diet profess to feeling so great.
    Val Johnson of Lakeland, Florida, summarizes his experiences on a
    ketogenic diet: "Our family doctor recommended the Atkins Diet to
    us. We got on it and we got sick, especially when we followed the
    bacon recommendation, where he says you can eat all the bacon you
    want. We stayed on the diet a week and a half. I believe the diet
    affected my thinking. I made some real bad mistakes on the job. One
    of them cost me a considerable amount of money. The most costly was
    when I ordered ¾ inch pipe when the customer wanted 1 ½ pipe, and
    it was a large order. It did cloud my thinking. I felt lethargic
    and slow and wasn't mentally alert on my job."

    Lowering Risk Factors by Not Eating

    So how do authors of ketogenic diets claim their diet will improve
    your health? This is based mostly on the observation that
    hyperinsulinism is corrected and that this condition is associated
    with atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
    Hyperinsulinism is a risk factor, like blood sugar, cholesterol,
    triglycerides, blood pressure, and body weight. The important word
    here is "risk factor." The actual disease these risk factors are
    predicting is rotten arteries (atherosclerosis). On a ketogenic
    diet, blood cholesterol, sugar, and triglycerides may be reduced
    because dieters are eating much less, as a result of loss of
    appetite and sometimes nausea caused by the ketosis. This only
    proves you can cause your risk factors to decrease by harmful
    treatment of your body. Here is a similar example: cancer
    chemotherapy will cause a loss of appetite, decrease in food
    intake, with resulting weight loss, lowered cholesterol and
    triglycerides (Biochem Int 24:1015, 1991). No one would consider
    these toxic drugs a healthful approach to lowered risk factors and
    fat loss.

    Lowering Risk Factors by Not Eating

    So how do authors of ketogenic diets claim their diet will improve
    your health? This is based mostly on the observation that
    hyperinsulinism is corrected and that this condition is associated
    with atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

    Hyperinsulinism is a risk factor, like blood sugar, cholesterol,
    triglycerides, blood pressure, and body weight. The important word
    here is "risk factor." The actual disease these risk factors are
    predicting is rotten arteries (atherosclerosis). On a ketogenic
    diet, blood cholesterol, sugar, and triglycerides may be reduced
    because dieters are eating much less, as a result of loss of
    appetite and sometimes nausea caused by the ketosis. This only
    proves you can cause your risk factors to decrease by harmful
    treatment of your body. Here is a similar example: cancer
    chemotherapy will cause a loss of appetite, decrease in food
    intake, with resulting weight loss, lowered cholesterol and
    triglycerides (Biochem Int 24:1015, 1991). No one would consider
    these toxic drugs a healthful approach to lowered risk factors and
    fat loss.

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    Moral of story- Just eat right!

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    That Atkins diet sucks, i have never even thought about trying it because it is so stupid. And the truth about it is that even the guy who came up with **** diet couldn't stay on it.

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