25 October 2008

Atkins Diet named from Dr. Robert Atkins, a doctor who wrote a book called The New Diet Revolution, in 1970. Time magazine ever wrote about this diet as “The most popular diet program” , but during 2004 the diet rapidly fell out of favor coz many food manufacturers quickly formulated low-carb food products.

Atkins Diet Steps and Mechanism
Weight loss in Atkins is based on the process of Ketosis. Reduce carbohydrate intake as the main source of energy, with the result body will find other sources, FAT. So reducing carbohydrates forces the body to burn fat.

Second step : carbohydrate stimulate the creation of insulin. Insulin is what converts excess carbohydrate to fat. So when you have less carbohydrate you have less insulin and therefore create less new fat.

This Diet has four phases. During this phase carbohydrate level were controlled.

Phase 1
  • This phases lasts for a minimum of two weeks and calls for a maximum of 20 grams of carbohydate intake with no starchy vegetables, fruits, grains, and bread
Phase 2
  • Add more fibrous vegetables (carbohydrates) until the Critical Carbohydrate Level for Losing is reached.
Phase 3 and 4
  • Phase 3 and 4 are maintenance phases
  • In this phase, carbohydrate intake can be increased but only until the point that weight is maintained (Critical Carbohydrate Level for Maintenance).
Warning and Side effect
  • Atkins is a high-fat diet and most of health agencies and nutrients recommend no more than 30% fat in our diet. While in Atkins you can easily consume more fat than this.
  • In the short term ketosis may have desired effect, but in the long term certain organs may be overworked to sustain the process of Ketosis.
The Benefits
For many people Atkins has been very successful and has resulted in significant weight loss and health improvement.


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