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A new study by Danish researchers suggests that people on the Atkins Diet are more likely than people on conventional diets to suffer from muscle weakness, headaches, and either diarrhea or constipation – suggesting that the long-term impact of such a low-carb diet could be unhealthy.

The research was done by Danish obesity expert Dr. Arne Astrup and published in The Lancet, a medical journal.
KC's View:
The story, in the Houston Chronicle, is a perfect illustration of why so many people are confused about dieting.

On the one hand, it says that people using the Atkins Diet are more likely to suffer certain side-effects that border on indignities because they aren’t eating sufficient amounts of fruit, vegetables and whole grains. However, the same researchers says that the diet may not be bad for people for whom the side-effects aren’t too debilitating/nauseating.

And, at the same time, the story notes that other researchers say that in the long run, the Atkins Diet is no more successful than other diets even though it tends to get faster short-term results.