AtkinsFacts.org "Exaggerates" Side Effects
Atkins Implies That Their Diet is Not Extraordinarily Constipating
Constipation can occur on any weight loss program.
As documented in the Constipation section, one study funded by Atkins found that 70% of the patients on the Atkins Diet suffered from constipation. Dr. Atkins himself even admitted that nearly all of his patients were constipated.
It is true that consipation can occur with any weight loss program. However, even compared to other low-carb diets, the Atkins Diet is exemplary for its dearth of fiber. Compared to 7 other popular diets, the Atkins Diet came out by far the lowest in fiber.
Independent nutritional analyses have found that the initial phase of the Atkins Diet, which dieters may have to repeatedly return to, has less than 15% of the minimum daily recommendation for fiber of the American College of Gastroenterology.