Despite Atkins Nutritionals' defense, Sherry Peer
, a South Dakota registered dietician, said that while fast weight loss can be beneficial for some conditions, such as morbid obesity, the Atkins diet should not be used long-term.
"It is a low-fiber, very high-fat, unbalanced diet that contains low amount of water-soluble vitamins, calcium and vitamin D," said Peer
, also a certified diabetes nutrition educator and licensed nutritionist of Sioux Valley Hospital
, Sioux Falls.
"There are a number of risks, including colorectal cancer because of high red meat diets and low fiber intake; and cardiovascular disease from high protein and fat intake.
It is also not the diet for those at risk for renal disease and type 1 diabetes because of the extra stress put on the kidneys by ketosis, high BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and rapid weight loss.
It may also cause more kidney stones."
While the Atkins diet does its job, it is never good to nearly cut out whole food groups, Peer
"In addition, carbs are good for the body and all contain needed vitamins and minerals, fiber and iron," she
said not to be fooled by the Atkins