What is the Dr. Atkins Diet??
If you are considering weight loss, the Atkins Diet is a low carb diet that was developed by Robert C. Atkins in the 1960's. It became very popular in the 90's and peaked about 2003-2004.
The Atkins Diet has evolved over the years, but the original concepts have not changed. The latest Atkins Diet in 2010 , The New Atkins for a New You has added more help, information, and foods.
How Does The Atkins Diet Work?
The Atkins Diet is made up of four phases: induction, ongoing weight loss, pre-maintenance and lifetime maintenance.
Induction is the initial phase which lasts about two weeks. This phase involves switching to a state of ketosis. This is the most restrictive phase and usually where you will see significant weight loss...as much as 5 or 10 pounds per week.
The Ongoing Weight Loss phase allows for small increases in carbs, but still remaining at levels where weight loss occurs. This phase lasts until you are within 10 pounds of your target weight.
Pre-maintenance allows for your daily net carbs to increase by 10 grams each week vs. about 5 in the OGWL phase Your key goal in this phase is to find the "Critical Carbohydrate Level for Maintenance". This is the maximum number of carbohydrates that you can eat each day without gaining weight.
You may be able to add back some of the forbidden carbs into their diet once a week. In this phase, according to the Atkins Diet, one's body is beginning to lose the protection of ketosis as one prepares for the last phase which is Lifetime Maintenance.
Lifetime maintenance phase is intended help you carry on the habits acquired in the previous phases. It also helps you avoid the typical 'end-of-diet' mindset that can return you to your old habits and previous weight.
The latest versions of the Atkins Diet are the Atkins 20 Diet and now the Atkins 40 Diet. The Atkins 40 is a bit more relaxed and allows you to start with 40 grams of carbs per day. On Atkins 40, you can eat tons of vegetables, meat, fish, poultry, plant-based proteins, olive oil, avocado, nuts, Greek yogurt, cheese, fruits, and whole grains. Alcohol is permitted but most mixers are not allowed due to sugar content. Atkins says that they used 31 clinical studies to determine that 40g Net Carbs daily will maintain fat burning and be effective for weight loss.
In 2003, Dr. Atkins died from a fatal head injury due to a fall on ice. His business rapidly declined and on July 31, 2005, the Atkins Nutritional Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. His company is still in business and remains popular.
Easy, convenient, lots of delicious foods and recipes, designed for the long term, tested and proven.
Compared to other diets that work, you are likely to have a little more weight loss initially primarily due to water loss, then you should experience similar weight loss vs. comparable diets.
Cost: The Atkins Diet is expensive. The average diet is about 50% higher than the American national average (per Forbes Magazine). Atkins is about 80% higher.
Side Effects: The side effects should be minor and can include diarrhea, rashes, muscle cramps, and general weakness.
Gorging on meats and chesses! This was allowed in the earlier versions but is not promoted in the later versions...aw snap! Although there is not a limit on calories or protein, the Atkins diet per Dr. Atkins is "not a license to gorge", rather eat until satisfied.
The Atkins diet seems to work in many cases. Long term maintenance is probably easier now than ever before, because of more and more carb friendly products and some great low carb recipes. I give the Atkins diet a thumbs up and I feel that the Atkins Diet is one that you should consider adding to your list of diet choices.
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