Obesity Rates And Its Effect On The Diet Of Fat With Moderate Levels Of Carbohydrates And Carbohydrates

780 Words Jun 20th, 2015 4 Pages
Introduction
With all of our modern advancements in medicine and better understanding of human nutrition, one would think that our obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease rates would decrease. It has been previously reported that US consumers were spending over 3 billion dollars on weight loss products in 1999 and that 2/3 of American’s surveyed were currently trying to either maintain or lose weight. Despite these reports, and even with a multitude of diet options available, obesity rates have consistently been on the rise in the United States.
Throughout history, the general consensus amongst doctors and nutritionists has been to focus on a diet low in fat with moderate levels of protein and carbohydrates. Limiting fat, unfortunately, has been overemphasized leading to an increase in overall caloric consumption. This has caused the average consumer to look at alternative dieting methods. While many fad diets have come and gone, the carbohydrate combating “Atkins Diet” has persevered over many years.
Dr. Robert Atkins introduced a diet in 1972 that seemed to ignore all of the rules. Rather than focus on reducing fat in one’s diet, the Atkins Diet focuses on drastically reducing carbohydrate intake which reduces inflammation in theory, and leads to greater weight loss while still maintaining lean muscle due to an increase in consumption of fat and protein. This diet has received a lot of attention due to its controversial principles and potential health risks.…

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