Don't Focus Just on the Number on the Scale
Following a weight loss program is not just about the number on the scale, but health matters too, especially if you need to maintain your energy to take care of a family.
Diets can Lead to Vitamin Deficiencies
A recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, analyzed the micronutrient composition of four popular diets (Atkins, Zone, LEARN, and Ornish) to determine their nutritional adequacy.
Overweight participants were required to follow one of the assigned diets for 8 weeks. No vitamin or mineral supplement was required by the study.
After eight weeks of being on the diets, over 25% of women had intakes lower than the daily requirement for thiamin, folic acid, vitamins C, A, and E, iron, and magnesium.
Eliminating entire food groups, which many of these diets do, may result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which is never good for overall health or maintaining energy.