Comparing Carbohydrate Requirements for the Atkins Diet and the Food Pyramid Guide

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Comparing Carbohydrate Requirements for the Atkins Diet and the Food Pyramid Guide

“Carbohydrates are an organic compound that serves as a major energy source for the body” (Dictionary.com).

These carbohydrates convert to sugars that trigger insulin production, which our body needs for certain processes, and triggers fat storage (Health-Doc.com).
According to the Institute of Medicine, adults should get 45 to 65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates. That is roughly seven servings based on a 2000 calorie diet. At least one of the two carbohydrate diet plans states something different.
The Atkins diet requires a limited amount of carbohydrates for consumption while the Food Pyramid
Guide developed by USDA
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What is the benefit of this small consumption amount of carbohydrates? The Atkins diet is supposed to “efficiently switch your body from a carbohydrate-burning metabolism to a primarily fat-burning (your fat!) metabolism. It is also supposed to stabilize your blood sugar and abruptly halt a myriad of symptoms indicative of unstable blood sugar, such as fatigue, mood swings, brain fog and an inability to function at your best, curb your cravings by stabilizing your blood sugar and break addictions to foods such as sugar, wheat or corn derivatives, alcohol, caffeine, grain or any other food”
(Atkins.com).

The Food Pyramid recommends that you eat six to eleven servings of carbohydrates a day. Six to eleven servings a day is roughly 120 to 220 grams of carbohydrates that a person can consume a day. This is a steady recommended amount that doesn’t change.
The amount of carbohydrates is recommended because these carbohydrates help to maintain cardiovascular health, supply the body with the energy it needs to function and keep the eater full. Alos, “diets containing an optimum level of carbohydrates may help prevent body fat accumulation. Starch and sugars provide readily accessible fuel for physical performance and dietary fibre, which is a carbohydrate, helps keep the bowel functioning correctly” (Foodexperts.net).

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