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The book, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, is making a comeback after several years of laying low. There seems to be a cycle of appearing and disappearing when it comes to diets that promise quick results, such as this one. The Atkins' diet promises that you will lose weight quickly and can eat all the fat you want. As long as you almost completely eliminate the amount of carbohydrates you eat. That means no pasta, bread, certain vegetables or dairy, but you can eat cheese, steak, bacon, or eggs. Everything you have been told not to eat too much of is ok in this diet. There are many problems with this.

First of all, the rapid weight loss people see is water being removed at the cellular level. The cell dehydration occurs when carbohydrates are replaced by fat. When people begin to increase their carb intake, the water that was lost comes back and it looks as though people are blowing up again. They blame it on the carbs they ate and stop again. This causes a yo-yo effect and that's extremely hard on the body.

Carbohydrates are needed for all metabolic functions in the body. The brain and nervous system survive only on glucose which comes from carbohydrate breakdown. When carb intake in decreased, extra fat needs to be added to the diet for an energy source. Since there is no glucose for the body to use as energy, it turns to the fat stored and literally eats itself. This breakdown causes the release of ketones.

Ketones can be extremely hard on the internal organs if accumulated. They are toxic and need to be eliminated through urination. This makes the kidneys work overtime. The high amount of dietary fat consumed is very taxing on the vital organs, particularly the kidneys, and can cause real damage.

Any diet that promises quick results must be examined as to its potential long-term side effects. Especially if they are harmful. The only true weight loss comes from hard work and time.