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Atkins Diet Worse than others in Maintenance Phase

April 1, 2009: 08:14 AM EST
The Atkins Diet is tougher on people’s hearts if they stay on it after they have met their weight-loss target, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Principal investigator Dr. Michael Miller, director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, compared the effects of the Ornish, South Beach and Atkins diets on blood vessel dilation and cholesterol levels, and found that Atkins performed the worst on both counts. Atkins Nutritionals' vice president of nutrition and education Colette Heimowitz said the study was too small and the correlations were too weak to allow conclusions to be drawn.
Kathleen Doheny, "Atkins Diet Tougher on Heart After Weight Loss", Health Scout, April 01, 2009, © The HealthCentralNetwork, Inc
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