Side Effects of the Atkins Diet
Weight loss is a billion dollar industry that profits off
the desperation of many to be thin in our skinny obsessed society. The Atkins
Diet is a popular diet that has been around for a long time. It certainly has
its share of supporters eager to share stories of rapid weight loss and
You hear much less about the harmful side effects of the
Atkins Diet. Harmful and deadly side effects such as an increased risk of
coronary disease due to consuming higher amounts of animal fats found in the
meats suggested as sources of proteins on this plan. These animal fats are not
easily broken down in the body and cause the production of bad cholesterol,
which clogs arteries and can cause heart attacks and strokes.
There are other unpleasant and potentially harmful side
effects of the Atkins Diet such as muscle weakness or cramping, diarrhea,
fatigue, halitosis, and skin rashes. Headaches are also commonly reported,
especially when beginning the Atkins Diet as the body adjusts to the restriction
of carbohydrates. Continuous diarrhea could result in a dangerous depletion of
nutrients the body must have to work properly, leaving a person very sick.
Some harmful side effects of the Atkins Diet happen within
the first week of following the diet. It is not uncommon to drop 5 to 10 pounds
the first week of the Atkins Diet and with many other diets for that matter.
Dropping that many pounds so fast is certainly exhilarating for someone
struggling to lose weight. But lost in the celebration over this dramatic weight
loss is the consideration of the very real harm that is being done to the body. This
rapid weight loss is actually a result of the body flushing excess water from
the body and along with that water, nutrients and muscle are also flushed from
the body. This has the potential of creating a host of health problems for those
adhering to the Atkins Diet.
Further harmful side effects of the Atkins Diet happen when
a person naturally becomes tired of having certain foods severely restricted
from their diet, returns to eating them, and gains weight as a result. Many will
start the diet over again even though eventually return to the point where they
want to eat restricted foods. This can become an endless and dangerous cycle of
weight loss and gain which can cause serious damage to the heart.
There are harmful side effects of the Atkins Diet that are
of a psychological nature. The restricting of foods containing carbohydrates
deprives the body of the nutrients it needs to make the hormones that control
our emotions. The lack of the hormones needed to control emotions often leads to
irritability, and sadness. The brain needs hormones for such functions as making
decisions and powers of recall, both of which are effected when the body has
fewer of these hormones than it needs. Self esteem takes quite a whopping when
the weight lost begins creeping back on, even quicker with each dieting cycle
for an extra whop. The Atkins Diet and other similarly restrictive diets are
hard to follow for long. And because such restrictive diets are the least likely
to produce real and forever weight loss, dieters are often left feeling
disappointed with themselves and hopeless of ever reaching weight loss goals.
The dent made to the amount of money that you set aside for
the purchasing food is another harmful side effect of the Atkins Diet. The
Atkins Diet is an expensive dieting plan and can quickly become too cost
inhibitive for many.
Consider all of the harmful effects of the Atkins Diet
and the risks to your health before beginning this diet plan.