The Atkins Diet is one of the most popular diets around today.
It is an extremely low carbohydrate diet. One of the reasons for it’s popularity is that you can eat all the protein and fat that you want. And there’s no counitng calories or measuring portions.
The downside is that ALL sugar is eliminated.
You can dine out – just skip the bread, vegetables and dessert. This is also an easy plan to follow if you are fixing meals for a family.
Limited studies conclude that following Atkins will raise your “Good Cholesterol”.
The Atkins Revolution Diet consists of 4 phases:
- Phase 1 – Induction lasts 14 days and will jump start weight loss (20 net carbs)
- Phase 2 – Ongoing Weight Loss phase gradually adds nutrient rich carbs (25 net carbs)
- Phase 3 – Pre-Maintenance Begins when you are 10 pounds from goal. Prepares you for lifelong maintenance. (35 net carbs)
- Phase 4 – Lifetime Maintenance – Eat veggies, potatoes and fruits in controlled amounts
Is the Atkins diet right for you?
Is the Atkins diet Safe and Effective?
The Atkins Diet is one of the most controversial diets today. A lot of people have successfully lost weight on Atkins with no adverse affect on their health. However it is imperative that you consult your physician and have a complete physical before beginning this diet. A low carb diet can be detrimental to undiagnosed diabetics. Some people gain weight as soon as they start eating a normal diet with a safe amount of carbohydrates. The health impact of a lifetime restricted of carbs is unclear at this time. Most nutritionists do not promote a low carb diet.
Is there a Maintenance Plan?
YES. The 3rd and 4th phases of the diet lead you to a lifelong maintenance plan. It may be difficult to follow a low carb lifestyle forever. Follow Atkins on Ediets to receive support every step of the way.
- Eat until you’re full
- Eat all the protein and fat you want
- Don’t need to control portions
- Quickly lose weight
- No calorie counting
- One of the most popular diets
- Highly controversial among medical professionals
- Not suitable for vegetarians
- Limited variety of foods
- Low carb foods may be expensive
- Have to count carbs
- Caffeine is not allowed
- May regain the weight if you return to eating carbs
- How long can you go with out bread, potatoes, rice, sugar … etc?
History of the Atkins Diet
Dr. Robert C. Atkins began formulating his high protein, high fat, low carb diet in the early 1960s. He believed that eating fewer carbohydrates and more protein increased the body’s ability to burn fat. This theory was reached through substantial research.
Dr. Atkins strongly believed in his theory even though the medical profession strongly disagreed with him. In spite of the fact that the Atkins Diet is highly controversial its popularity has continued to grow. His original book “Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution” was introduced in 1972 and instantly became a bestseller. Dr Atkins’ New Diet Revolution was released in 2001.
Atkins claims obesity as well as other diseases have been successfully treated with this diet at the Atkins Center for Complementary medicine in New York.
Dr. Atkins died April 17, 2003 due to head injuries after falling outside of his New York clinic. He was 72 years old. After his death The Wall Street Journal published a report stating Dr. Atkins weighed 258 pounds and had a history of heart disease. Dr. Atkins widow Veronica confirmed that her husband did have some artery disease in the last three years of his life.
The controversy has continued after his death with numerous rumors that a heart attack caused the fall that killed Dr. Atkins. There was no autopsy and it is unknown the extent of Dr. Atkins heart disease or if his diet contributed to it.