The Great Diet Debate

by Amy Paturel, MS, MPH on Jul 01, 2003

The Great Diet Debate Will you choose more bread or more fish? By Amy Paturel, MS, MPH For more than two decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has gone to great lengths to convince Americans of the benefits of consuming a diet that favors carbohydrates. Now the USDA's Food Guide Pyramid is under attack by physicians, researchers and consumers alike. In fact, recent scientific findings about popular high-protein food plans, such as the Atkins and Zone diets, appear to vindicate the low-carb theory of weight loss (Brehm et al. 2002; Layman et al. 2003). Add to this the anecdotal reports of substantial weight loss as a result of high-protein diets and it's no wonder that more experts are wondering if the traditional government dietary recommendations are responsible for our expanding waistlines. In the midst of this controversy, fitness professionals are scrambling to provide their clients with accurate, reliable information. How can you give your clients straight answers about nutrition? Even more important, how can you espouse healthy eating when your clients are losing pounds while feasting on double bacon cheeseburgers? Macronutrient Guidelines The National Academy of Sciences' Food and Nutrition Board offers the following broad ranges for daily intake of macronutrients:

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Amy Paturel, MS, MPH IDEA Author/Presenter

Amy Paturel, MS, MPH, is a nutritionist and a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. She regularly contributes to health and fitness publications, including Health, Cooking Light and SHAPE. She can be...