The Atkins diet was promoted and brought into the mainstream public by Robert Atkins, where he came across a study in 1963 from the journal of the American medical association published by Alfred W. Pennington in 1958 called “Weight Reduction”. Since then the Atkins diet has become one of the most popular weight loss diets to go on amongst all the controversy. However, new studies have shown that low carb diets such as the Atkins/Ketogenic diet can improve blood sugar, HDL (good cholesterol) and other health markers.
The Atkins Diet
Similar to the ketogenic diet where you eat high amounts of fat and protein, but little to no carb. Being on a low carb diet is supposed to switch your body from burning carbohydrates for energy to burning fat. It is also known to reduce your appetite so you end up eating less calories without you having to even think about it, both of these effects are desirable for fat loss.
There Are 4 Phases In The Atkins Diet:
- Induction: Cut carbs down to only 20g per day for 2 weeks to kick start your weight loss and only eat high fat/protein foods.
- Balancing: After the 2 weeks you slowly reintroduce carbs back into your diet and your allowed between 25 – 45g of carbs per day.
- Pre Maintenance: Continue to reintroduce carbs back into your diet until weight loss slows down, but you can only do this when you’re very close to your goal weight (10 pounds or less from your goal weight).
- Lifelong: You have now reached your goal weight and you simply maintain this weight for as long as you want by eating a healthy and balanced diet from whole foods including carbs, fats and proteins.
- Promotes rapid weight/fat loss.
- Has been proven to work.
- Not as time consuming (IIFYM diet) or expensive as other popular diets (juice diet).
- Can enjoy many high fat/protein foods such as sirloin steak, mature cheddar cheese, whole eggs, spam, corned beef, roast pork, bacon etc.
- Low carb causes a lack of energy, fatigue and even dizziness.
- Nutrient deficiencies due to lack of food choice.
- Can cause headaches (especially women on their period) and bad breath.
- Lack of fiber may cause constipation and bowel problems.
To sum up the Atkins diet could work for you, but as with anything to do with your diet you will need to experiment thoroughly to know how your body responds to certain foods/macronutrients. As some people lose weight faster on high carb – low fat diets and others high fat – low carb. If you have anymore questions regarding the Atkins diet or you would like to leave your personal opinion on it then leave a comment below.