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Lose Weight & Help Environment Try Eco-Atkins

Apr 13, 2008
Medical research may suggest that the Atkins diet, one of the most popular diets is also one of the most effective.

Medical Investigations

Investigators at Stanford University led by Christopher Gardner, Ph.D. conducted an NCCAM-funded study of 311 obese pre-menopausal women. Four different randomly selected diets including Atkins were allocated to the women. After 12 months, the results put the Atkins diet on top with an average weight loss of 4.7 kilogtams or just over 10 pounds as well as more favourable metaboliv effects

Duke University Medical School

A study conducted at Duke University Medical School of 120 overweight volunteers, had patients following either an American Heart Association low-fat plan or the Atkins diet. Atkins dieters also took multivitamins and fish oil capsules. The study rusults after six months, the Atkins dieters had lost 31 pounds and the low-fat dieters had lost 20 pounds. For the low-fat group,Total cholesterol went down 6% vs. 4% for the Atkins group. Low fat dieters had a 22% drop in triglycerides and no increase in HDL, or "good" cholesterol. The Atkins dieters had a 49% drop in triglycerides and an 11% increase in HDL.

Health Impact

Many health professionals are concerned about the long term health impact of eating red meat Atkins critics - among them the Washington D.C. based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) charges the protein heavy diet places those who follow it at risk. "High protein diets may cause permanent loss of kidney function;" the group notes, adding that "meat-heavy diets significantly increase one's risk of colon cancer and osteoporosis."

Carcinogens can be caused by eating burnt meat. Many people like to eat their meat well done.

How do we Solve the Problem?

The Atkins diet is often mislabelled as consisting mainly of red meat. Red meat is one of the options but lean protein is available from many other sources.

The University of Toronto has developed a version of the Atkins diet called the Low Carbohydrate Portfolio or "Eco-Atkins" Diet. It is a high vegetable protein and vegetable fat version of Atkins.

Soy protein foods, other vegetable proteins including gluten and vegetable fats, nuts, avocado, olive and canola oil were exchanged for the butter, eggs, cheese and meat in the Atkins diet. The belief was that this will result in dramatic rather than modest reductions in blood lipids with weight loss. Healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and vegetable proteins are exchanged for saturated fat and animal protein for with significant effects on blood lipids while still encouraging weight loss.

Other Advantages

Environmental Affect

Fourteen serves of red meat per week result in the production of almost 6 tonnes of methane emissions annually.

Cheap fattening snacks, fast foods and processed meals are typically processed using massive amounts of energy. In an average Western diet, it takes 10 calories of fossil-fuel energy to dispense just one calorie of food energy on to your plate. That's a whopping 3000 calories worth of fossil-fuel energy for an average sized chocolate bar

An extra 50kgs of weight in your car results in a 2% decrease in fuel economy. Richard Branson recently signed a pledge to lose at least 6kgs in weight before taking a flight in one of his exclusive new fuel-efficient aircrafts.

The Eco-Atkins is a great way to save the world whilst you save yourself
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