The Atkins Diet
C. Atkins, M.D., was the founder and medical chair of The
Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine, in New York City.
A 1951 graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Atkins
received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical
School in 1955, and went on to specialize in cardiology.
In his more than 40 years of practice, he cared for more
than 65,000 patients.
The Atkins diet was devised by Dr Robert C Atkins. Dr Atkins was
a pioneer of the high protein/ low carbohydrate diets that are
so popular today. Dr Atkins published his book 'Diet Revolution'
in 1972 and it was an immediate bestseller. The theory of a low
carb diet had been around for some time when William Banting devised
the in the late 19th century. It was Dr Atkins that popularized
the theory that you can eat all the proteins you want and lose
weight as long as you eat no carbohydrates. Over the years Dr
Atkins modified his position and the diet now allows non-starchy
vegetables and some unrefined fruits and grains. The Atkins diet
does not allow sugar, simple carbohydrates or refined grains and
starches wherever possible.
Dr Atkins programme is a high protein diet in the purest sense
and allows almost no carbohydrates at the start of the diet. The
diet works by inducing a state of ketosis in the body and you
may eat as much food as you like while in this state. Ketosis
is when the body believes it is starving and is deprived of carbohydrates
to burn so it burns fat instead. There is some dispute whether
or not ketosis is damaging to the body (especially the liver),
there is also debate as to whether the body burns lean muscle
mass for fuel not just fat. You can check if you are in the state
of ketosis by checking your urine for the presence of ketones
with a urine test stick (available from the chemist)
The first two weeks there is an induction phase which is like
the original 'diet revolution' where carbohydrates are very restricted.
There should be a large initial weight loss that will be mainly
water. After the first induction phase there is a transition or
ongoing weight loss stage this involves slowly increasing the
amount of carbohydrates in your diet until your body comes out
of the state of ketosis. This can be seen by testing your urine
or when you start to gain weight. When you are within 5lbs of
your target weight you enter the last stage of the diet, which
is 'maintenance', and it is for life long eating.
Diet : Reasons for
Is safe if you keep some carbohydrates in your diet
Can eat as much protein and fat as you want and still lose weight
Diet : Reasons against
can return quite quickly when you stop the diet
has a high drop out rate for the induction phase
breath is a side effect of this diet
diet is high in cholesterol and saturated fats which are linked
in vitamins and minerals especially in the induction stage
Diet : Verdict
The Atkins diet is an effective diet and is very good for weight
loss especially in the short term and is based on proven results.
To succeed on this diet you must enjoy eggs meat and high fat
foods and be prepared for a life without many foods. It is important
that you have 8 glasses of water with this diet to flush the ketones
from your body it also avoids having bad breath. The diet doesn't
promote healthy eating or a balanced diet
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