Three Diet Strategies People Need to Examine
There are plenty of anecdotal diet strategies, and also strategies about dieting that you can read in books, on the Internet, and in magazines. There are so many different ideas for how Americans and people across the globe can lose weight because people in first world countries, especially America and Britain, have diets that are not compatible with a sedentary lifestyle. Some of them work while others are pure quackery. Oftentimes, the one that is in the popular media cycles between one that is good and one that does not work, dependent largely on the marketing efforts of various dieting companies. This article should help you separate the wheat from the chaff.
The Atkins diet
The Atkins diet emphasizes low carbohydrates and high protein consumption as a way of losing weight. The idea of not taking in many carbs has some weight since the body metabolizes them a lot quicker than it metabolizes meat, so a higher percentage is stored as fat (like sugar). It was first popular in the 1970′s when Dr. Atkins published Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution and saw a resurgence in the early 2000′s when he published an updated diet, Diet Revolution in 2002. He changed some details but he kept the low carb emphasis the same. There is no consensus among the medical community as to whether the Atkins diet works, and many medical professionals have condemned the diet and said it is dangerous, and these professionals are backed by numerous experiments and studies. Dr. Atkins himself died severely overweight when he died in 2003.
There is evidence to suggest that a mostly vegetarian diet can be very healthy. This is because it is hard on your body’s cells to digest meat so your body actually ages more quickly if you consume large amounts of meat. Plants on the other hand do not have meat so they are much less strenuous on your body. However, the same diet does not apply to vegan diets. It is almost impossible to get vitamin D in a vegan, so you need to go out in the Sun a lot so that your body can produce vitamin D3 on its own. UV irradiated mushrooms are the only known source of vitamin D in foods that vegans can eat.
Furthermore, your body will not get enough protein or other foods unless you carefully manage your diet, so you may have to do something like eat peanut butter every single day. Also, you will need to find replacements for common things such as fish oils, unless you make an exception for fish and become a pescovegan. However, vitamin A is very easy for vegans to find so you should not have night vision problems. The main thing to remember if you consider a vegan diet is to take a multivitamin supplement every single day, and make sure to take iron and calcium as well.
This is a guest post by Murray Newlands.
Murray’s company Influence People provides a plethora of online marketing consulting services such as blog relations and video marketing. Clients include companies such as Healthy Page and Political2Cents.com
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December 14, 2011