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Low-Carb Diet

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Michelle Nguyen

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Healthy or Hazardous? This diet can be both hazardous and healthy, depending on how it is used. According to anthonycolpo.com , This diet can be extremely “severe” towards athletes, whose bodies need these carbs to perform on a high and active level. It can even get to the point of depriving these athletes of the nutrients included in high carb foots, resulting in things like extreme exhaustion and injury. However, for the average American who prefers to snack on carbs, this will be beneficial. This is because the body does not need extra fats, sugars, and salts adding pressure to the body. This, in turn, creates problems within it. Effect on Organs Low-Carb Diet Works Cited Menu Plan Fad Diet: Low Carb The Low Carb diet is actually very straight forward. You are restriction your consumption of Carbohydrates to reduce the amount of high percentage fat foods. This can be accomplished by reducing things like breads, pasta’s, high carb vegetables, and sweets. In this diet, the foods will be replaced with foods of a higher protein or fat content. The specific amount of carbohydrates allowed depends on what type of diet you choose. Inventor Many people believe that Dr. Atkins came up with the low carb diet. Well, do I have a story for you; According to bodybuilding.com, Dr. Harvey started it in 1862. He was treating a short, extremely obese man that was having problems hearing because of the fat pressing on his ears. His prescription was simple: no more starch, sugar, beer and potatoes. Only meat, fish and vegetables. It was only after the discovery of the “calorie”, and Dr. Atkins’ specific research into carbohydrates, that he was accredited with the discovery of the low carb diet. By: Treijon Johnson
Michelle Nguyen Effect on Metabolism A low-carb diet usually involves a low intake of calories in your diet. Since calories provide energy for the body, a low amount causes metabolism rates to decrease. A slow metabolism will affect many bodily functions. Dr. Atkins says that a way to defend the body against a slow metabolism is to raise carbohydrate intake slowly and steadily until you reached a level slightly less than homeostasis.
Breakfast - Hot Peanut Butter Flax Cereal
Lunch - Salad made with 4 cups of Romaine
lettuce, half an avocado, 4-oz. of
cooked chicken, and Vinaigrette
Snack - 1/4 cup of whole almonds
Dinner - Grilled Steak, 1 cup green beans,
1 cup Mushroom and Peppers
Breakfast - 1/2 cup of cooked spinach with 3 eggs and 1
cup of mushrooms
Lunch - Tuna Walnut Salad with 3 cups of chopped
Romaine lettuce
Snack - Apple Flax Muffin
Dinner - Chicken Club Wraps (cooked chicken, red pepper,
tomato, and avocado)
Breakfast - 1 cup of plain yogurt with 1/2
cup of raspberries and sliced
Lunch - Turkey Sandwich using low carb
Snack - Celery with peanut butter
Dinner - Creamy Southwest Chicken with
green chiles and shredded cheese
(served with refried beans and
sliced avocado)
Breakfast - Breakfast Burrito (2
eggs scrambled, 1 oz
ham, 1 low carb
Lunch - Romaine Salad with
mushrooms, red pepper,
chopped carrots, and
Snack - Cottage Cheese with
Canned Peaches
Dinner - Stuffed Cabbage with
ground beef or turkey Claims of the Diet The claims of Dr. Harvey’s diet included simply the regaining of the young, large man’s hearing. However, Dr. Atkins’ diet proposed a large amount of weight loss, fat loss, and overall healthier functioning. This is because his research allowed him to understand a much larger amount about the body and how it works, compared to the scientists of the 1800s. Beginning of Fad This diet didn’t become a fad until the discovery of the “calorie”, when people discovered that certain foods have a higher calorie number than others. It was no longer about how much you ate, but rather, what you were eating. This allowed people to diet effectively without starving themselves. It was enormously encouraging and many people jumped on the bandwagon. The low carb diet began picking up speed and hit its peak of popularity in the 1990s, with the emergence of Dr. Robert Atkins and his studies into metabolism. Almost 1/4th of dieting Americans, were using this method. This diet is still widely used today. But since the early 2000s, the diet has waned to other forms of dieting. The thing about “fad” dieting is that it’s only a fad; it does not stay popular forever. His recommended meal plan included up to six ounces of any meat, including beef, pork, venison, fish, or chicken. Any vegetable except potato, two or three glasses of good wine for dinner, and tea without sugar or milk. Age Group According to lowcarbdiet.about.com , the low carb diet is designed to target adults that are familiar with carbohydrates. This diet is often unpopular with younger groups because it takes an understanding of carbohydrates and their effects on the body in order to be really effective. There are a lot of popular foods with carbs, and eliminating so many of them at once is unnecessary in the eyes of many, especially when some of the options are vegetables. Without an in-depth understanding of your body like most adults and well seasoned dieters from age 30-40(with women starting earlier than men) do, you will not easily be drawn to the benefits of this diet. Women tend to be more aware of their health and thus, diet earlier in life. Long Term Issues Althought this diet is beneficial, Inappropriate use of it can result in several long term medical issues. According to ncbi.com , this includes kidney failure, caused by the sudden rise in protein that the kidneys must process; Kidney stones, from the large amount of iron that comes with a high protein diet; Cancer, caused by the lack of nutrients, antioxidants, and minerals in high carb foods; and Ketosis, which is caused by the body feeding on only fat instead of carbohydrates, as normal. Some organs that are effected by the low carb diet include the kidneys, the brain, and the liver. Low carbohydrate intake will obstruct the blood flow to the kidneys, causing renal failure, or the complete breakdown of the kidneys. In order for the brain to function, it needs carbohydrates to provide glucose. Low glucose levels will cause brain impairment. A low carb diet also also does not provide enough fiber, which will affect the role of the liver in removing waste products from the blood. Day 1: Day 2: Day 3: Day 4: Day 5: Breakfast - All Bran Cereal with strawberries and almonds
Lunch - 2 cups of Low Carb Cole Slaw (1 cup cooked chicken,
1/3 cup chopped apples, 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Snack - 3 Large mushrooms with cream cheese spread
Dinner - 4 oz. of lean beef with 1 cup of mushrooms Day 6: Breakfast - 2 eggs with 2 slices Canadian bacon, 6 medium
asparagus spears,and 1 cup of strawberries
Lunch - 2 Roast Beef Wraps
Snack - 1/2 cup of plain yogurt with sugar-free syrup and
1 1/2 tbsp. of flax seed meal
Dinner - Chicken Marsala (1 lb. of boneless chicken breasts,
1/2 cup of Marsala wine, chicken broth, and 1 cup
of mushrooms) Day 7: Breakfast - Broccoli-Cheese Omelet
Lunch - Tomato Stuffed with Salmon Salad
Snack - 1/3 cup of hummus with 1 red pepper
cut in strips
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