The Atkins Diet theory is based on keeping the body in a state of ketosis. Ketosis causes the liver to convert fatty acids into energy instead of using carbohydrates. But Atkins is still in debate on if it is a way to lose weight healthily.
Dr. Robert Atkins, the founder, explains the theory behind the Atkins Diet: your body's main source of energy is from carbohydrates. If you significantly decrease your intake of carbohydrates, it forces your body to utilize your stored fat for energy.
The Atkins Diet Advantage program offers pre-packaged low-carb making meal planning quick and convenient.
Studies were conducted on the Atkins Diet for a period of one year showed measurable weight loss. Studies are continuing to determine if the Atkins Diet affects weight for more than one year.
Details of the Atkins Diet program are written in an easy to follow format in the Diet Revolution and the New Diet Revolution, by Dr. Atkins
Atkins Diet - Four Phases
The weight loss program is set up into four phases.
• On-going Weight Loss
• Lifetime Maintenance
Atkins Diet - Induction
For the induction phase (approximately 2 weeks) carbohydrates are restricted to 20 grams per day. Only leafy, green carbohydrates are allowed. Cheeses, meats, oils and creams are the bulk of this phase. Alcohol and caffeine are not allowed during induction. The ketosis state starts and causes calories to be burnt at a higher rate, usually producing the largest amount of weight loss throughout the diet.
Atkins Diet - On-going Weight Loss
Cheeses, meats, oils and creams are still the main focus of Atkins, but carbohydrates are increased weekly by approximately 5 grams. If there is an increase in weight or weight loss stops, it is advised to decrease your intake of carbohydrates. This phase is continues until you're within 10 pounds of your desired weight.
Atkins Diet -Pre-Maintenance
Following the Atkins Glycemic Ranking, carbohydrate intake is again increased. The goal is to find level of carbohydrates that can be eaten while maintain the desired body weight.
Atkins Diet - Lifetime Maintenance
Lifetime Maintenance is maintaining the desired body weight while trying different amounts of carbohydrates. Varying the types of carbohydrates to determine how much of each food can be consumed without affecting body weight.
Atkins Diet – Exercise
Walking is one recommended exercise to maintain fitness levels while on the Atkins Diet. Walking is aerobic and will encourage the body to utilize fat for fuel and is one of the ways on how to lose weight. END AKISMET -->
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