Atkins Diets

The Famous Fad Diets

The most famous of all fad diets are of course Atkins diets. It was also the great diet of 2004. But now, as that phenomenon fades away and sales of the diet books according to this theme become only one-tenth what they were a year ago, what's next? Read here why I woudn't recommend this type of diet even if you are a great meat lover...

The Atkins approach

The Atkins Nutritional Approach, also known as the Atkins Diet, is a very popular but also often disputed high-fat, high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet.

Dr. Robert Atkins who lived from 1930 - 2003 published it in several books. It has been spectacular popular nowadays because of his newer adjusted version, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution. Atkins revised some of his ideas however stuck mostly to the basic concept ideas.

High Insuline causes Food Cravings

The famous doctor argues that eating disorders often have to do with hyperinsulinism. In other words - he connects eating disorders with the massive secretion of insulin. This happens in his opinion when consuming too many carbohydrates. The results are cravings for food and "nervous" blood sugar levels. In his opinion this together can cause depression, mood swings, depression and sleeping problems.

He claims that Atkins Diets stabilize insulin and blood sugar levels. They eliminate also cravings and help reducing the appetite....

Diet Nature

The most important parts in Atkins Diets are the program steps. But nutritional supplements and workouts play also a major role.

The concept limits the absorption of carbohydrates in order to turn metabolism from burning glucose to burning stored fat instead. This process is called lipolysis. When the body runs out of carbohydrates to burn it then enters the state of ketosis.

Although "the originator" claims that ketosis helps the body burn fat more easily, nutrition scientists conter that the body will burn stored fat for energy as soon as the calories eaten are less than those burned.

Also this diet avoids "net carbs", or carbohydrates that influence blood sugar. Net carbs in food can be calculated by subtracting sugar alcohols and fiber (no effect on blood sugar level) from total carb intake.

4 Diet Phases

The Atkins diet consists of 4 phases

Phase 1: Induction

This first and hardest phase of this approach aims to help the body quickly enter a state of ketosis. Carbs intake is max. 20 net grams per day. Allowed is a good bit of cheese and cream, an unlimited amount of most meats, two salad cups, and one cup of other vegetables. Not allowed are alcoholic beverages and caffeine.

In this phase many experience the most prominent weight loss - reports of dropped seven or eight pounds per week are not unusual.

Atkins recommends the use of KetoStix. These are small strips used by diabetics which are chemically reactive . They help the dieter keep control when the ketosis, or fat burning phase starts.

Phase 2: OWL
In the Atkins' Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL) phase the carbs consumption is increased, but still holds a level where weight loss happens. Carb intake goes upstairs by 5 grams of carbohydrates daily each week. An intension in OWL is to get to know the "Critical Carbohydrate Level for Losing". As soon as weight is within 10 pounds of the weight objective the next phase starts.

Phase 3 + 4:
the purpose of the third and fourth phase is then Pre-maintenance and Lifetime maintenance.

No Recommendation!

I would not recommend this Diet. If you are like me you surely fail on a diet that omits practically all carbs. Carb laden foods include fruit, bread, cakes, pasta and of course chocolate, ice cream and pies. That's not a longterm vision for me!...

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