To the Editor: The Atkins diet was first introduced to American markets during the s. It was ridiculed for more than 30 years, not only as a fad diet but as dangerous nonsense as well. Some nonrandomized studies were reported after the turn of the century 1 and many before that. In addition to its probable favourable effect on body weight, the popularity of the Atkins diet stemmed from the freedom it offers to consume as much protein and fat for example meat, fish, chicken, eggs and cheese as the dieter wishes, while carbohydrate intake must be restricted to no more than 20g a day, initially. However, numerous studies have shown that low carbohydrate diets are unlikely to produce significant long-term weight loss and may lead to serious health problems. The caution of leading medical and nutrition organizations worldwide against all low carbohydrate diets stems from the fact that these diets greatly increase fat and protein consumption, which could lead to many serious ill effects, and greatly restrict consumption of essential nutrients: minerals, trace elements and vitamins, and fiber—all of which promote improved health and help prevent many diseases. To start with, low-carbohydrate diets force the body to use fats as the main energy source, leading to ketosis. The brain, thereby devoid of its main energy source, glucose, is forced to make use of the metabolic breakdown products of fats and ketone bodies, leading to common side effects: nausea, dizziness, constipation, headache, fatigue, and smelly breath. However, being unrealistic and unconventional, the low-carbohydrate diet is neither palatable nor enjoyable enough to be followed for a long time, resulting ultimately in an insignificant difference in weight loss compared with low-calorie, low-fat diets—hence the inability to conclude with confidence whether the weight loss is actually due to the low-carbohydrate diet. This was clearly highlighted by the two longest 12 months randomized investigations. The American Heart Association was one of the pioneers in issuing a warning against high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets as a means of losing weight.
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