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There now exists hundreds of different wisdoms on what the best and most effective way to lose weight is. All have different philosophies and different benefits, real or alleged. But which has the most evidence behind it? And which, in reality, is the most effective way to lose weight?

Eliminating carbohydrates is the best way to lose weight Show more Show less

Eliminating carbs is the most common rule for popular diets, and with good reason.
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The Atkins diet is the best way to lose weight

Trendy in the 90s, this low carb diet was popular for a reason.
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Context

The Atkins diet, or The Atkins Nutritional Approach, is a diet created in the 1960s by Robert C. Atkins, and it focuses on limiting carbohydrates, such as vegetables that are high in starch or sugary fruits.[1] This diet emphasizes not simply weight loss but also a sustainable method of eating to maintain a healthy body.[2]

The Argument

The Atkins diet is the most effective way to lose weight because of how it regulates carbohydrate intake. By limiting the number of carbohydrates you eat, you force your body to burn fat instead for energy, resulting in weight loss, higher energy, less hunger, and fewer cravings.[2] Controlling carbohydrates is the most important, as an excess of carbs is the main culprit in conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.[1] This diet is useful, therefore, for not only weight loss but also disease prevention. Another perk of the Atkins diet is that there are actually several methods that people can choose from depending on their dietary needs and weight loss goals. Whether you are trying to lose a lot of weight or only a little, or you are pregnant or nursing, or you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, there is an Atkins plan for you.[2] This puts the Atkins diet a step ahead of other diets, offering multiple methods of eating healthily rather than just one.

Counter arguments

One phase of the Atkins diet, which you undergo if you want to lose the most weight, is potentially harmful because of how much it restricts carbohydrates. The claim that eating only a small amount of carbohydrates forces your body to burn fat instead of sugar for energy is true, but this process, called ketosis, can have some negative side effects, including headaches, stomachaches, and nausea.[3] It is also very possible to restrict carbohydrates so much that you suffer nutritional deficiencies, which can lead to health problems.[1] Additionally, the Atkins diet as a whole is problematic because it goes against recommended dietary guidelines set by many health professionals as well as organizations like the American Dietetic Association, American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association.[4]

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References

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/atkins-diet/art-20048485
  2. https://www.atkins.com/how-it-works
  3. https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-1-diabetes-guide/what-is-ketosis#1
  4. https://www.webmd.com/diet/atkins-diet-what-you-can-eat#3

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