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Ornish: New Atkins diet study flawed
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Dean Ornish, one of the few giants in nutrition science who dare count on a healthy diet to prevent and treat heart disease and other chronic diseases and founder of the Ornish diet, published an commentary March 6 on to dispute the claim by Stanford researchers that the Atkins diet beats the Ornish diet when it comes to weight loss.

This Ornish is not an ordinary M.D. who counts on prescription drugs and medical instruments to make a living.   He actually formulated a dietary regimen that helps people cure heart disease.   Many people may think heart disease is cureless. But he has proved that his Ornish diet and lifestyle program, which is now covered by some health insurance plans, can stop or reverse the progression of coronary artery blockage in 99% of patients.

News media reported that a Stanford University study showed pre-menopausal women on Atkins lost on average 10 pounds after one year compared to four to six pounds in those on other diet plans.   Even better, the Atkins diet followers experienced an increase in the level of good cholesterol, indicating Atkins is good for the heart according to the common nutritionists' belief.   The study was published in the current issue of JAMA.

Ornish found that the conclusion made by the authors that “Women assigned to follow the Atkins diet, which had the lowest carbohydrate intake, lost more weight and experienced more favorable overall metabolic effects at 12 months than those assigned to follow the Zone, Ornish, or LEARN diets” is false.

He said that the authors actually say in the context of their report that there was no significant difference in weight loss between the Atkins and Ornish or LEARN diets after one year.   He cited the study to say that Atkins followers lost more weight only when it was compared to the Zone diet.

Ornish said that the current study was flawed because first most participants could not follow Ornish diet, which requires that dietary fat be limited to 10% of the total calories.   Instead, those on the Ornish diet in the study reduced their fat intake only to 30% from 35% in a typical American diet after one year.

The second reason to say that the study was flawed is that when people strictly followed an Ornish diet, the dieters experienced drastic improvements. Ornish said a randomized controlled trial published earlier in JAMA already demonstrated that the study subjects lost 25 pounds after one year and better yet, half of the lost weight did not come back even after fiver years.   That trial also showed that the Ornish diet reduced LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol by 40% without resorting to any drug, which was not seen in those on the Atkins diet in the current study.

Early studies also found, according to Ornish, that some patients had coronary heart disease reversed only one month after they used the Ornish diet and more people experienced the same effect after one year and five years.   How well people adhere to the Ornish diet determines how much of the benefit they can gain from the diet.   Those who adhered well to the diet were 2.5 times less likely to have cardiac events such as heart attack and 99% patients stopped or reversed their heart disease.

The Ornish diet is better than the Atkins diet when it comes to the protection against heart disease.    Many trials on the Ornish diet directly measured the effect of the artery blockage, not cholesterols.   Ornish said just because something raises the level of good cholesterol does not mean it is healthy. He said that good cholesterol is raised to clear saturated fat and cholesterol from a diet. That explains why the new study found that those on the Atkins experienced a slight increase in good cholesterol because they have too much saturated fat and cdietary cholesterol to deal with.   Unfortunately, these people did not experience any decrease in bad cholesterol while studies have demonstrated that the Ornish diet reduces the bad cholesterol in patients.

Previous studies have shown the Ornish diet and lifestyle program could also reverse progression of prostate cancer and diabetes while the Atkins diet has been proved to worsen heart disease, Ornish said.

It has been proved for a long time that the Atkins diet can help weight loss, say in a time frame of six months.   But the lost weight may come back soon. The current study acknowledged that after one year, the average weight loss was smaller than that at six months.

All nutritionists have or should have concerns over the Atkins diet.   High fat diet is in no way a healthy diet.    The high fat and often low carbohydrate diet contain little of certain essential vitamins and minerals, which can lead to nutrition deficiencies easily.    And many other adverse effects associated with this diet have been reported.   It is easy to follow the Atkins diet.   But there is likely a consequence the followers need to face.


For the full commentary, visit  Why I Disagree With this Study

The following is an article detailing the problems associated with low carbohydrate diets including Atkin's diet.  Republished from with permission.


Health Advisory


Health Risks of Low-Carbohydrate Diets

Recent media reports have publicized the short-term weight loss that sometimes occurs with the use of low-carbohydrate weight-loss diets. Some of these reports have distorted medical facts and have ignored the potential risks of such diets. Past experience with the fen-phen drug combination and other weight-loss regimens has shown that some people may disregard even serious long-term health risks in hopes of short-term weight loss.

The American Heart Association,1,2 American Dietetic Association,3 and the American Kidney Fund4 have all published statements warning about the various dangers associated with low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets.

We would like to notify you of (1) the potential risks from the long-term use of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets, (2) currently circulating misunderstandings and deceptive statements made in support of such diets, and (3) the establishment of a registry for individuals who feel they may have been harmed as a result of following a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet.

What is a Low-Carbohydrate Diet?

The theory behind low-carbohydrate diets is that if dieters avoid foods containing carbohydrate—that is, starches or sugars—they will shed pounds. Such diets eliminate or dramatically restrict the intake of fruit, fruit juice, starchy vegetables, beans, bread, rice, cereals, pasta and other grain products, and all other foods containing carbohydrate, leaving a limited diet of foods that contain primarily fat and protein: meat, cheese, nonstarchy vegetables, and very little else. As the diet proceeds, the carbohydrate restriction relaxes somewhat, but fatty, high-protein foods continue to dominate the dieter’s plate.

Despite anecdotal accounts of seemingly dramatic weight loss, the effect of low-carbohydrate diets on body weight is similar to that of other weight-reduction diets. In research studies at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the average participant lost weight during the first six months on a low-carbohydrate diet, but regained some of this weight during the next six months so that the net weight loss after one year (15.8 pounds in the University of Pennsylvania study and 11.2 pounds in the VA study) was not significantly different from that seen with other diets used for comparison.5,6 This degree of weight loss is not greater than that which occurs with programs using low-fat, vegetarian diets. In Dean Ornish’s program for reversing heart disease, for example, a combination of a low-fat, vegetarian diet and exercise led to an average weight loss of 22 pounds in the first year, along with dramatic reductions in cholesterol levels and reversal of existing heart disease.7 Five years later, much of that benefit had been retained.8 Studies of whether weight loss from low-carbohydrate diets is maintained for more than one year have not been performed.

In a one-year clinical trial reported in JAMA in 2005, researchers randomly assigned 160 overweight individuals to one of four popular diets. Participants assigned to the Atkins diet lost 2.1 kilograms, while Weight Watchers dieters lost 3.0 kilograms, Zone dieters lost 3.2 kilograms, and dieters following the Ornish program lost 3.3 kilograms.9

A review of 107 research studies on various low-carbohydrate, high-protein weight-loss diets concluded that weight loss on these diets is not due to any special effect of restricting carbohydrate; rather, weight loss depended on the extent to which the dieters’ caloric intake fell and how long they continued with their regimens.10 Other reports have also found calorie reduction to be the most important factor in weight loss, with no special weight-loss advantage from the restriction of carbohydrates.11,12

A review on the safety of low-carbohydrate diets notes that Atkins-type diets are at a greater risk for being nutritionally inadequate and raise the issue of potential long-term health effects.13

Some low-carbohydrate diet books, such as those promoting the Atkins diet, describe how a diet devoid of carbohydrate forces the body to turn to other fuels for energy. That means getting energy from fats and protein in the diet or from body fat. When fats in the diet or in body fat are used for energy, they produce compounds called ketones, and low-carbohydrate dieters sometimes check for the presence of ketones in their urine as a sign that they have managed to eliminate carbohydrate. It turns out, however, that, in controlled trials, the degree of ketosis does not appear to influence weight-loss speed.12


Nutritional Concerns

Low-carbohydrate diets typically include quantities of cholesterol, fat, saturated fat, and protein that exceed the recommended safe limits set by the National Academy of Sciences, and are often low in fiber and other important dietary constituents.11 The Nutrition Committee of the Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism of the American Heart Association states, “High-protein diets are not recommended because they restrict healthful foods that provide essential nutrients and do not provide the variety of foods needed to adequately meet nutritional needs. Individuals who follow these diets are therefore at risk for compromised vitamin and mineral intake, as well as potential cardiac, renal, bone, and liver abnormalities overall.” 1

A nutrient analysis is presented below for the sample menus for the three stages of the Atkins diet as described in Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (M. Evans & Co., 1999), pp. 257-259, using Nutritionist V., Version 2.0, for Windows 98 (First DataBank, Inc., Hearst Corporation, San Bruno, CA). The menus analyzed were as follows:

Typical Induction Menu

Bacon slices, 4 slices
Coffee, decaf, 8 ounces
Scrambled eggs, 2

Bacon cheeseburger, no bun
Bacon, 2 slices
American cheese, 1 ounce
Ground beef patty, 6 ounces
Small tossed salad, no dressing
Seltzer water

Shrimp cocktail, 3 ounces
Mustard, 1 teaspoon
Mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon
Clear consommé, 1 cup
T-bone steak, 6 ounces
Tossed salad
Russian dressing
Sugar-free Jell-O, 1 cup
Whipped cream, 1 tablespoon

Typical Ongoing Weight Loss Menu

Western Omelet:
Eggs, 2
Cheddar cheese, 2 ounces
Bell peppers, 1 tablespoon
Onion, 1 tablespoon
Ham bits, 1/10 cup
Butter, 1 tablespoon
Tomato juice, 3 ounces
Crispbread, 2 carbo grams (1/4 slice)
Tea, decaf, 8 ounces

Chef's salad with ham, cheese, and egg with zero-carb dressing
Iced herbal tea, 8 ounces

Subway seafood salad, 1 item
Poached salmon, 6 ounces
Boiled cabbage, 2/3 cup
Strawberries, 1 cup
4 tablespoons cream

Typical Maintenance Menu

Gruyere and spinach omelet:
Eggs, 2
Gruyere cheese, 2 ounces
Spinach, 1 cup cooked
Butter, 1 tablespoon
1 cantaloupe
Crispbread, 4 carbo grams (1 slice)
Coffee, decaf, 8 ounces

Roast chicken, 6 ounces
Broccoli, 2/3 cup, steamed
Green salad
Creamy garlic dressing
Club soda

French onion soup, 1 cup
Salad with tomato, onion, carrots
Oil and vinegar dressing
Asparagus, 1 cup
Baked potato, 1 small with sour cream (2 tablespoons) and chives
Veal chops, 1 serving
Fruit compote, 1+ cups (generous cup)
Wine spritzer, 16 ounces


Nutrient Analysis of Atkins Sample Diets


Atkins Induction

Atkins Weight Loss

Atkins Maintenance

Energy, kcal




Protein, g (% energy)

143 (33%)

120 (32%)

135 (25%)

Carbohydrate, g (% energy)

15 (3%)

36 (10%)

116 (22%)

Fat, g (% energy)

125 (64%)

97 (58%)

110 (45%)

Alcohol, g (% energy)



26 (8%)

Saturated fat, g




Cholesterol, mg




Fiber, g




Calcium, mg (% DV)

373 (37%)

952 (95%)

1019 (102%)

Iron, mg (% DV)

15 (86%)

10 (54%)

13 (70%)

Vitamin C (% DV)

20 (33%)

140 (234%)

242 (404%)

Vitamin A, RE (% DV)

799 (80%)

1525 (153%)

2521 (252%)

Folate, µg (% DV)

143 (36%)

268 (67%)

584 (146%)

Vitamin B-12, 5g (% DV)

11 (191%)

8 (132%)

5 (80%)

Thiamin, mg (% DV)

0.7 (48%)

1.1 (76%)

1.0 (64%)

*% Daily values are based on a 2000-kcal diet deriving 30% of total energy from fat (10% each from saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats), and 15% total energy from protein.

In addition to having very high protein content and low carbohydrate content, the menus at all three stages are very high in saturated fat and cholesterol. The menus are also low in fiber. In addition, these sample menus do not reach Daily Values for calcium and iron. The Induction menu does not meet the Daily Values for vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, and thiamin. The Weight Loss menu is low on folate and thiamin.


Health Concerns

No published studies have addressed the long-term effects of low-carbohydrate diets. The longest studies have followed dieters for only 12 months, which is not sufficient to assess whether dieters are at risk for the problems seen in studies of general populations consuming large amounts of meat, fatty dairy products, and the cholesterol, saturated fat, and animal protein they contain. However, long-term studies of the general population following a variety of diets and short-term studies of individuals on low-carbohydrate diets raise important concerns, which are outlined below:

1. Colon cancer. Colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in North America and Europe and is among the leading causes of cancer-related mortality. Long-term daily intake of meat, particularly red meat, such as beef, pork, or lamb (as is common in Western countries), is associated with approximately a three-fold increased risk of colon cancer.14,15

The 1997 report of the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research, entitled Food, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Cancer, concluded that, based on available evidence, diets high in red meat are probable contributors to colon cancer risk. Studies of large populations published in subsequent years arrived at similar conclusions.16 In addition, meat-heavy diets are often low in dietary fiber, which protects against cancer.17 Low-carbohydrate diets typically include red meats among their foods recommended for daily consumption, but no studies have yet been conducted to see whether low-carbohydrate dieters do indeed have the same increased long-term cancer risk seen with other populations eating meat-heavy diets.

2. Heart disease. Generally speaking, weight loss tends to reduce cholesterol levels, while saturated fat and cholesterol tend to raise them.18,19 Consequently, the effect on cholesterol levels of a low-carbohydrate weight-loss diet that includes saturated fat and cholesterol can vary from person to person.5,20-23 In some studies, about 30% of people on low-carbohydrate diets showed an increase in cholesterol levels, despite their weight loss.21,23

In a low-carbohydrate diet study conducted at Duke University, funded by the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels fell in 29 of the 41 study completers, as would be expected from weight loss along with the various supplements used in the study. However, LDL levels rose in 12 participants by an average of 18 mg/dl (the increases ranged from 4 to 53 mg/dl). One participant had an LDL increase from 123 mg/dl to 225 mg/dl (normal LDL values are typically described as <100 mg/dl, although some investigators have called for lower limits). The participant was then treated with a “cholesterol-lowering nutritional supplement,” and the LDL dropped to 176 mg/dl, which is still far above recommended levels.21 In a subsequent Duke University study, two low-carbohydrate diet participants dropped out of the study because of elevated serum lipid levels (one had an increase in LDL cholesterol from 182 mg/dl to 219 mg/dl in four weeks; the second had an increase from 184 mg/dl to 283 mg/dl in three months), and a third developed chest pain and was subsequently diagnosed with coronary heart disease. In 30 percent of participants, LDL cholesterol increased by more than 10 percent.23 The effect of the diet on HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels is not consistent.5,6,20

We recommend caution when reading favorable press accounts of the effect of low-carbohydrate diets on cholesterol levels. The two Duke University studies cited above are sometimes cited as evidence that low-carbohydrate diets reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol. However, these studies did not test a low-carbohydrate diet alone. Rather they tested the diet along with regular exercise and various nutritional supplements, including flax oil, borage oil, fish oil, vitamin E, chromium picolinate, and a “multivitamin formula” containing niacin, vitamin C, and other nutrients. Exercise and supplements would be expected to influence cholesterol levels on their own, apart from the effects of the diet.21,23

One particular danger of the press promotion of low-carbohydrate diets is the suggestion that meats and dairy products that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol do not pose the risks that scientists have long said they do. However, abundant evidence shows the risks of such foods.19 In fact, some evidence suggests that even a single fatty meal (e.g., a ham-and-cheese sandwich, whole milk, and ice cream) may adversely affect the compliance of arteries, increasing the risk of heart attacks after meals.24 Low-carbohydrate diet promoters have argued that the risks of diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol may be disregarded when the diet is also very low in carbohydrate. However, no long-term studies have tested this conjecture.

Furthermore, a study of nearly 30,000 women followed for 15 years found that coronary heart disease death was associated with intakes of red meat and dairy products when substituted for servings of carbohydrates. Coronary heart disease death was significantly reduced when animal protein was replaced with vegetable protein, leading the authors to conclude that "Long-term adherence to high-protein diets, without discrimination toward protein source, may have potentially adverse health consequences."33

3. Impaired kidney function. Studies of the Atkins diet and other low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets have not been of sufficient duration to evaluate their potential to affect kidney function. However, reason for concern comes from studies of the general population, in which diets high in animal protein are associated with reduced kidney function over time. Harvard researchers reported that animal protein intake is associated with decline in kidney function, based on observations in 1,624 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study.24 The good news is that the damage to the kidneys was found only in those who already had reduced kidney function at the study’s outset. The bad news is that as many as one in four adults in the United States may already have reduced kidney function, and the percentage is considerably higher for those over forty or who have hypertension. Mild kidney impairment is also found in approximately 40% of individuals with diabetes.25 This suggests that many people who have kidney problems are unaware of that fact and do not realize that high-protein diets may put them at risk for further deterioration. The kidney-damaging effect was seen only with animal protein. Plant protein had no harmful effect.24

The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that high animal protein intake is largely responsible for the high prevalence of kidney stones in the United States and other developed countries and recommends protein restriction for the prevention of recurrent kidney stones.26

4. Complications of diabetes. In diabetes, kidney and heart problems are particularly common. The use of diets that may further tax the kidneys and may reduce arterial compliance is not recommended.

No studies of low-carbohydrate diets have been of sufficient duration to assess their potential long-term effects on individuals with diabetes. Because controlling blood cholesterol levels and protecting kidney function are essential for individuals with diabetes, health authorities recommend choosing diets that are rich in vegetables and fruits, while limiting saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein.27

5. Osteoporosis. High intake of animal protein is known to encourage urinary calcium losses and has been shown to be associated with increased fracture risk in research studies involving various populations.28,29 Two studies have examined the effects of low-carbohydrate diets on calcium losses. A Duke University study showed that urinary calcium losses rose significantly in individuals following a low-carbohydrate, high animal-protein diet for six months.15 Similarly, the loss of calcium was demonstrated in a low-carbohydrate diet study at the University of Texas. In the maintenance phase of the diet, urinary calcium losses were 55% higher than normal. The researchers concluded that the diet presents a marked acid load to the kidney, increases the risk for kidney stones, and may increase the risk for bone loss.30 No studies of low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets have yet been of sufficient duration to measure long-term bone loss.

6. Other adverse effects. The following adverse effects were noted in a six-month study of a low-carbohydrate diet, in addition to the effects on cholesterol levels noted above:23

Constipation 68%
Headache 60%
Bad breath 38%
Muscle cramps 35%
Diarrhea 23%
General weakness 25%


Misunderstandings and Deceptive Statements

Some individuals may be confused or misled about important dietary issues based on the following inaccurate claims:

1. “High-protein diets cause dramatic weight loss.”
The weight loss typically occurring with high-protein diets—approximately 11-16 pounds over the course of a year5,6—is not significantly different from that seen with other weight-reduction regimens or with low-fat, vegetarian eating patterns.

2. “Fatty foods must not be fattening, because fat intake fell during the 1980s, just as America's obesity epidemic began.”
Some news stories have encouraged the public to discount health warnings about the amount of fat (especially saturated fat) in the diet, suggesting that fat intake declined during the 1980s, an era during which obesity became more common. However, food surveys from the National Center for Health Statistics from 1980 to 1991 show that daily per capita fat intake did not drop during that period. For adults, fat intake averaged 81 grams in 1980 and was essentially unchanged in 1991. While the American public added sodas and other non-fat foods to the diet, forcing the percentage of calories from fat to decline slightly, the actual amount of fat in the American diet did not drop at all. What did change was portion size. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirmed that meal sizes have steadily risen over recent decades.31

A notable contributor to fat and calorie intake in recent years is cheese consumption. Per capita cheese consumption rose from 15 pounds in 1975 to more than 30 pounds in 1999. Typical cheeses derive approximately 70 percent of energy from fat and are a significant source of dietary cholesterol.

3. “Fat and cholesterol have nothing to do with heart problems.”
Abundant scientific evidence establishes that dietary fat and cholesterol are associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk.19 Nonetheless, some popular-press articles have incorrectly suggested that evidence supporting this relationship is weak and inconsistent.
In addition, the late diet-book author Robert Atkins claimed in interviews that, despite his having followed a fatty, high-cholesterol diet for decades, he did not have artery blockages. The net result may be that dieters believe they can safely disregard well-established contributors to heart disease. After Dr. Atkins’ death, his widow and his personal physician revealed that Dr. Atkins had indeed had coronary artery blockages, although they have maintained that these blockages had nothing to do with his death.

4. “Meat doesn't boost insulin; only carbohydrates do that, and that's why they make people fat.”
Popular books and news stories have encouraged individuals to avoid carbohydrate-rich foods, suggesting that high-protein foods will not stimulate insulin release. However, contrary to this popular myth, proteins stimulate insulin release, just as carbohydrates do. Clinical studies indicate that beef and cheese cause a bigger insulin release than pasta, and fish produces a bigger insulin release than popcorn.32

Also, it is important to realize that different carbohydrate-rich foods have very different effects. Most cause a gradual, temporary, and safe rise in blood sugar after meals. Beans, green leafy vegetables, and most fruits are in this healthful category. The main exceptions are large baking potatoes, white bread, and sugary foods, which can cause an overly rapid rise in blood sugar.

5. “People who eat the most carbohydrates tend to gain the most weight.”
Popular diet books point out that cutting out carbohydrate-containing foods may lead to temporary weight loss. This fact has been misinterpreted as suggesting that carbohydrate-rich foods are the cause of obesity. In epidemiological studies and clinical trials, the reverse has been shown to be true. Many people throughout Asia consume large amounts of carbohydrate in the form of rice, noodles, and vegetables and generally have lower body weights than Americans—including Asian Americans—who eat large amounts of meat, dairy products, and fried foods. Similarly, vegetarians, who generally follow diets rich in carbohydrates, typically have significantly lower body weights than omnivores.


High-Protein Diet Registry Established

In order to assist patients and consulting clinicians, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has established a registry for individuals who have begun low-carbohydrate, high-protein diets or who may have been prescribed them by practitioners. Individuals signing onto the registry may report their experience with such diets.

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