Time to talk diets. Over the past 3 or 4 decades, the Atkins diet has had a huge impact on the weight loss field. This phenomenon came from a book called “The Atkins Diet” written by Dr. Robert C. Atkins. The concept of weight loss in the book is that we need to be concerned with the amount of carbohydrates that we consume, and not the fat. So many people have lost weight, and achieved outstanding results. But this diet is not for everyone.
The Atkins diet does not consist of counting your calorie intake, (but it will eliminate your junk food and processed food intake). You will instead reduce the amounts of carbohydrates, and increase the amount of protein rich food.
The theory behind the low-carb diet found with the Atkins diet is that by reducing your intake of these foods, you will enter a phase in your body called Ketosis. During this phase, your body will be burning fat to create energy, instead of burning the food your eating. This will stop the production of insulin and it will prevent or stop more fat from being stored.
This diet program consists of 4 phases:
- Phase 1 is known as the induction phase. During this phase it is estimated that you will lose up to 15 pounds in two weeks. This is because your carbohydrate intake is cut down to 20 grams a day. You will be eating low-carb vegetables, but the amount is very limited.
- Phase 2 is the ongoing weight loss phase. During this phase you will start to add more food types & more carbs back to your diet. The goal here is to get to know your body food intake limits, so that you can eat more and still lose weight.
- Phase 3 is the Pre-Maintenance phase. During this phase you are now adding more carbs to your diet, and you keep losing weight. This gives you more awareness of what you are eating and how much, the goal here is to eat more than in phase 2, all while still losing weight.
- Phase 4 is the final phase, and it is known as the Lifetime Maintenance. After you’ve reached your weight loss goals, you can eat all good carbs, but the goal behind the diet plan is that you will not want to eat these foods anymore, and choosing healthy meals with good carbs will become your way of life.
I have visited their website, and they do have some amazing testimonials. The only thing I don’t like about this diet is not being able to eat what I want to eat. I understand that I can’t expect to lose weight if all I eat is junk food, but this is the reason why so many people fail (including myself) at following through with a diet. We love to eat, period.
There are many diets to choose from, the idea is that you find one that works for you and that gives you results while you still have a healthy nutrition plan.
Until next time,
P.S. Have you tried the Atkins diet? What results did you achieve?