our Health Index for More Subjects, Conditions and
They call themselves the Low
How this diet works:
Atkins calls it the Great Fat Meltdown. He shows how we can change our metabolism and lose weight easily
by eating foods high in protein and fat and limiting foods high in carbohydrate. Consuming a high level of carbohydrates causes overproduction of insulin, Dr. Atkins says, leading to increased hunger,
weight gain and ill health. Carbohydrates are limited to 20 to 90 grams per
day. Instead of getting energy by supplying the body with glucose
(from carbohydrates and sugars) to burn, the body burns fat.
For people who have tried a low-fat, high-carbohydrate weight loss plan without success, increasing protein in their diet often results in decreased food cravings and more rapid weight loss.
Atkins also sights other health benefits. He makes a good case for
why the modern fast food diet, high carbohydrate and low-fat meals are
detrimental to your health.
The diet is relatively easy to follow; there are no complicated meal plans.
You also figure out for yourself what your limit of carbohydrates a day is
by testing. Thus, you know if you are burning fat, or will
shortly be gaining it back.
Those opposed to Atkin's diet claim that a diet that limits carbohydrate causes the body to rely on fat or muscle for energy.
When our body breaks down stored fat to supply energy, a byproduct called ketones are formed. Ketones suppress appetite,
It is claimed that it is dangerous to anyone with diabetes, heart, or kidney problems
and that they should NOT follow a diet that promotes the formation of ketones, without first seeing their doctor. (This argument is countered in Atkin's
book as the ketones is not the same as the ketones found in diabetics)
Atkins does tell his patients to see a doctor before going on this
There are many claims about how bad the diet it, but they are each
countered in Atkin's book so that you get a good understanding of what he
is trying to get across.
I would add here: Eating unlimited amounts of fat, especially saturated fat found in meat products, can lead to increased
ill health without also getting the Omega 3 fatty acids. So, supplement
with Omega 3 fatty acids. (See Essential Fatty Acids)
Duration: There is an induction diet, OWL (ongoing weight loss)
diet a pre-maintenance and a maintenance diet. If it works for you,
you work out a lifetime plan for thinness and good health.
More information about this diet:
Taking Aloe Vera juice helps to digest the protein.
You can eat at restaurants, but you have to leave a lot behind - potatoes,
etc. Some restaurants will accommodate your order and substitute
cottage cheese for potatoes, etc. You can not drink alcohol
and no caffeine is allowed. It is difficult, but not
impossible to follow if you are
Purchasing the Atkins weight management books is necessary to follow his plan. The books also include recipes and sample menus that simplify meal planning.
For a copy of the book, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Revised Edition
Dr. Atkins' New Carbohydrate Gram Counter
The All-New Atkins Advantage: The 12-Week
Low-Carb Program to Lose Weight, Achieve Peak Fitness and Health, and Maximize Your Willpower to Reach Life Goals
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