That short-term diet remedies such as going on the Atkins diet has many success stories is without question. There are many best selling books explaining how and why a low carbohydrate diet turns you into a fat burning metabolic machine. The worry for diabetes specialists regarding such diets go way past the question of whether it is effective for losing weight. The real concern amongst physicians is whether such a diet being relatively high in saturated fat might actually cause heart disease. The same questions can be asked of many of our current diet fads and a trawl through the A to Z of amazing diets will throw up more questions about long-term health than answers.

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