I would like to thank my friend and food technologist Loulwa Kalash for this interview. She wrote out the article and it was published in the American University of Beirut (AUB) university paper Outlook.
I would like to start by saying,
If it’s too good to be true, it probably is!
“Popular diets don’t necessarily mean healthy or balanced. That’s the case of most diets that have emerged in the last three decades such Atkins, Dukan, Zone and the South Beach diet.
The American Academy of Family Physicians warns that these fad diets don’t typically result in long-term weight loss and even some can be dangerous to health such as the cabbage soup diet, Hollywood diet, apple cider vinegar diet, and Acai berry diet (promoted by Oprah Winfrey).
How can one know how these diets are fads? Most of these diets promise a quick fix or are based on a simple study or have claims that sound too good to be true. They even eliminate one of the five essential food groups, promote a certain product or emphasize a “popular” lifestyle.
I asked Nour Hammami, a Licensed dietitian from the Lebanese ministry of Public health and currently pursuing her Masters in Nutrition, to give students some advice about the popular low carbohydrate (carb) -high protein diets.
Hammami claims that a low carb-high protein diet truly offers a fast and short term weight loss, but has certain backlash effects. Continue reading