In 2012 and years before, the Atkins diet had become a popular dieting method to lose weight by eliminating carbohydrates from a person’s diet. The thought process was that without carbohydrates for the body to burn, the body would burn fat as a secondary energy source. This form of dieting has been commonly referred to as a paleo diet, which was high in foods that could either be hunted or gathered, similar to the diet of humans about two million years ago (i.e. meats, seafood, eggs, fruits, roots). This diet eliminates complex carbohydrates that the human body needs and doesn’t factor in changes between humans two million years ago and today. “Some factors that this diet doesn’t adapt to are: pollution, stress, exercise, pollution and genetic makeup”(foodsafetynew.com).
However, not only is this diet unsustainable, it is also linked to “increasing risk of cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol and kidney damage” (foodsafetynews.com). This strategy of dieting has also misfired and instead of burning fat as a secondary energy source, more often burns muscle causing muscle loss. The lack of carbohydrates in the paleo diet is also linked to trouble with mood and performing memory related tasks as carbohydrates are also shown to be linked with chemicals in the brain that help you feel good or happy (listverse.com). Overall this method of dieting isn’t only inefficient for healthy weight loss, diets such as Atkins or other low carb diets are proven to be damaging to the human body.