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Atkins Diet

The low carb classic!

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More than 30 years ago, Dr. Robert Atkins introduced his low-carb diet, now popularly known as the Atkins Diet. While this low-carb phenomenon has had critics over the years, there are still proponents who live by Dr. Atkins’ dietary plan.

Dr. Atkins introduced his Diet Revolution in 1972 as the diet that would have you never look at dieting the same way again. The Atkins Diet participants dramatically reduce the carbohydrates in their diets and replace them with high-protein foods through four phases: Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-Maintenance and Maintenance.

Carbohydrates, Dr. Atkins says, belong in two categories: favorable and non-favorable. When you first begin the Atkins diet, you will cut your carbohydrates drastically and as you move through the four phases, gradually re-introduce favorable carbs.

The Atkins Diet boasts that you’ll be able to continue enjoying foods that most weight-loss methods reject. You’ll start the Atkins Diet in the Induction phase, which is primarily intended for initial weight loss and removal of extraneous carbs. You’ll only be allowed 20 grams of net carbs, this can come from non-starchy vegetables and salads. This phase can last 14 days, although some prefer to extend it to hurry weight loss.

Next you’ll move into the Ongoing Weight Loss Phase. You’ll consume an additional 25 grams of net carbs and this will increase by five grams as weight loss continues.

The third phase is Pre-Maintenance. You’ll begin this stage of the Atkins Diet when you are 5-10 pounds from your goal weight. You’ll increase your net carbs 10 grams per week, as long as you continue to lose the last few pounds.

You’ll then need to learn your ACE (Atkins Carbohydrate Equilibrium), based on maintaining or gaining weight. The ACE will determine the amount of carbs you’ll need to maintain your goal weight during the final Maintenance phase.

Increased protein consumption and removing processed food that your body converts to sugar will help you reach the goals of the Atkins Diet- weight loss and consistent insulin and energy levels during the day. Atkins dieters comment that they remain fuller longer and some studies have shown the added benefits of decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

FOOD & RECIPES

By removing the extra carbs in your diet, and not reducing calories, Atkins allows you to enjoy flavorful favorites like steak, eggs, bacon, cream and butter. Atkins followers are directed to remove white bread, pasta and rice, baked goods and chips. Dr. Atkins’ books and website provide a comprehensive list of Atkins-approved foods.

EXERCISE

Exercise takes center stage in the Atkins plan. Plenty of exercise information and tips can be found at www.atkins.com.

EXPENSE

Atkins has a wide array of food products formulated to their diet philosophy. The plan is also available at eDiets.com for about $5 a week.

PRO

Atkins is known for tasty foods that disregard fat content. So, most carnivores will enjoy it. Don’t think that doesn’t mean that you don’t need plenty of vegetables either!

CON

There’s considerable work involved with the different levels of the plan. Plus, there’s the ever present debate as to whether a high-fat diet is good in the long haul. That said, Atkins isn’t totally about red meat and butter. You can eat leaner protein sources and still adhere to the plan.

CONCLUSION

Atkins is often mislabeled as red meat and more red meat. While it’s allowed, there are plenty of other lean protein sources to choose from. It’s doubtful that most people will follow Atkins for life, but it may be OK if you’re looking for a plan to springboard you into weight loss… just as long as you are willing to consider healthy choices after you’re done.

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  2. redeemer
    August 12, 2008

    The Atkins diet is also call the nightmare diet and it is a healthy risk for everyone. Check this out – http://www.atkinsexposed.org/atkins/25/Atkins_Nightmare_Diet.htm

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