by John McGran
Diet.com Chief Editor
Like some sort of creature from a horror flick, the Atkins Nutritional Approach refuses to die. Not even a STEAK to the heart (sorry, couldnâ€™t resist the pun) can lay it low for long. The search term "Atkins" continues to register impressive clicks.
I hopped on the Atkins bandwagon a decade or so ago and I must say it was one of the most fulfilling diets I have ever undertaken. While pigging out and filling up on steak, pork chops, chicken - even bacon! - I dropped a cool 26 pounds.
Until my lust for bread, rolls and pizza kicked in, I was lovinâ€™ life. I rarely felt hungry... and my extra pounds melted off me like a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.
By the way, the principles behind the Atkins plan DO NOT call for cutting all carbs from your diet. What happens is that you start with no more than 20 grams of carbs a day (two slices of bread can do you in quick) and then you add more into your diet until you discover your â€śtipping pointâ€ť â€" the point where any more carbs will lead to weight gain.
There are Four Phases but I never got past the initial Induction phase of 20 grams of carbs or less per day. After my initial success (I lost 10 pounds in the first week), I developed a fear that any extra carbs would do me in. This isnâ€™t good for your mind or your body.
More on the plan
According to Wikipedia.com, â€śThe Atkins Nutritional Approach, popularly known as the Atkins Diet or just Atkins, is the most marketed and well-known low-carbohydrate diet. It was adapted by Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1960s from a diet he read about in the Journal of the American Medical Association and utilized to resolve his own overweight condition following medical school and graduate medical training.
â€śAfter successfully treating over 10,000 patients, he popularized the Atkins diet in a series of books, starting with Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution in 1972. In his revised book, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Atkins updated some of his ideas, but remained faithful to the original concepts.â€ť
If you do the plan right, you leave Induction and head into Ongoing Weight Loss. That is followed by the Pre-Maintenance and Maintenance phases. I know a lot of people who lost weight with Atkins; I donâ€™t know anybody who stuck with it as a long-term lifestyle.
A common misconception
It is a common misconception that meat with high fat is a typical meal in the Atkins diet. The actual goal of Atkins dieters is to avoid high-glycemic index foods such as soft drinks, fruit juice and potatoes. Atkins dieters supposedly can still eat a variety of food such as salads, cheese, and lean meats.
Thereâ€™s no denying the plan will take off weight. Whether itâ€™s healthy weight loss has long been debated.
According to WebMD.com, â€śBy restricting carbohydrates drastically to a mere fraction of that found in the typical American diet, the body goes into a state of ketosis, which means it burns its own fat for fuel. A person in ketosis is getting energy from ketones, little carbon fragments that are the fuel created by the breakdown of fat stores.
"When the body is in ketosis, you tend to feel less hungry, and thus you're likely to eat less than you might otherwise. However, ketosis can also cause a variety of unpleasant effects (such as unusual breath odor and constipation) in a small number of people.
â€śAs a result, your body changes from a carbohydrate-burning engine into a fat-burning engine. So instead of relying on the carbohydrate-rich items you might typically consume for energy, and leaving your fat stores just where they were before (alas, the hips, belly, and thunder thighs are popular fat-gathering spots), your fat stores become a primary energy source. The purported result: weight loss.â€ť
The American Dietetic Association notes, â€śArguably one of the most famous fad diets, the Continue
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