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Comparing Carbohydrate Prerequisites for the Atkins Diet and the Food Pyramid Guide "Carbohydrates are an organic compound that serves as a major energy source for your human body" (Dictionary.com). These carbs convert into sugars which trigger insulin production, that our body requires for certain processes, and activates fat storage (Health-Doc. Id). As stated by the Institute of Medicine, adults should get 45 to 65 percent of their calories from carbs. That is about seven servings according to a 2000 calorie dietplan. At least one of the two carbohydrate diet programs states something different. The Atkins diet plan calls for a limited amount of carbs for ingestion whereas the Food Pyramid Guide produced by USDA and supported by the Department of Health and Human Services allows for a lot more servings. The Atkins diet needs that at the first two weeks of this diet you eat no more than twenty grams of carbohydrates each day. Twenty grams of carbohydrates a day is the equivalent of one slice of bread or a single serving of carbs a day. Afte...