We all are very concerned about the way we look and since lately more and more people confront themselves with gaining weight, in what follows we propose to present the Atkins diet, a low-carbohydrate diet promoted by Robert Atkins, an American cardiologist and physician. These days, most diet experts recommend dieters to eat various foods which are low in fat and high in carbohydrates, yet Robert Atkins comes up with an eating plan which involves eating more fats and less carbohydrates. Actually, he connects the problem of being overweight many people have to the over-consumption of carbohydrates.
This diet requires dieters to reduce the intake of carbohydrates, in order to enter a process called ketosis, which forces their metabolism to burn fat and boost out energy. Carbohydrates are known to be the primary source of producing energy in our bodies, so by significantly reducing the intake of carbohydrates, our bodies switch from burning carbohydrates to burning fats, in order to provide energy.
Generally, this dietary regimen teaches people how to avoid and replace sugary and starchy foods, which are known to be high in carbohydrates, with fat and protein packed foods. This eating plan also targets to increase the HDL cholesterol’s levels, which Dr. Atkins considers to be the good cholesterol, comparing it to the LDL cholesterol which should reduce its amount in the body, so that dieters can drop extra pounds.
Atkins’ weight loss program requires dieters to follow and complete four phases, which are termed as: introduction, ongoing weight loss, pre-maintenance and life maintenance. Each and every phase comes with specific recommendations for the foods people should stick to, when following the diet. The diet also aims to help people develop healthy eating habits, in order to maintain their desired body weight for the long term.
The first phase of the Atkins diet should be followed for at least 14 days and dieters are likely to drop up to 15 pounds. The rapid weight drop is mostly caused by a reduced intake of carbohydrates, which limits to 20 grams a day.
The next phase permits dieters to increase the carbohydrate intake by 5 grams per week. In this phase, dieters will lose 1-2 pounds per week.
In pre-maintenance, dieters will drop weight gradually and they can also include various foods in their diet and test them to see whether they can help them maintain their weight, or, on the contrary, lead to weight gain.
In the final phase of the Atkins diet, dieters are taught how to develop healthy eating habits which should come in handy, when keeping weight under control for the future.