The short name for the Atkins nutritional approach is the Atkins diet.
It’s a low carbs diet created by Robert Atkins. He had gained a lot of weight during his time in medical school. He also read about this diet in a medical journal he was reading. Who would of known!
He perfected it and released it to the public.
Are All The Theories Wrong?
Atkins, in his Atkins Diet, believed prevailing theories about weight gain were all wrong. First, he dismissed the idea that saturated fats were bad. Instead it was carbohydrates that led to the weight problems Americans have. In fact Atkins thought that the total focus on fats had made a problem much worse. He pointed to all the low-fat foods that were high in carbohydrates.
Dieters were being tricked into eating foods that would cause them to gain more weight. This all changes in the Atkins diet.
By cutting out carbohydrates people would burn stored body fats. Lose the weight lose the fat. It’s not just a case of eating less. The diet would work because it burned excess calories. In fact Atkins cited a study that claimed the body would burn an extra 950 calories on his diet. But later research and reviews of his studies found that his claims were false.
Carbohydrate is an important nutrient found in many foods. Carbohydrate containing foods include breads, breakfast cereal, rice, pasta, noodles, fruit, potato and starchy vegetables, corn, dried beans and lentils, sugar, milk and yogurt. Carbohydrate is an important source of energy for the body. Source: http://daa.asn.au/for-the-public/smart-eating-for-you/nutrition-a-z/carbohydrate/
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Dr. Atkins also touted the positive influence this Atkins diet could have on people with type 2 diabetes. Being overweight is generally considered the major cause for type 2 diabetes.
So in general any diet that helps decrease weight will help address type 2 diabetes. But the Atkins diet is also low in carbohydrates, which must be avoided with type 2 diabetes regardless of caloric intake, so by means of this aspect of the diet Atkins claimed those who suffer type 2 diabetes would no longer need medication such as insulin.
But that’s counter to the prevailing medical theories regarding type 2 diabetes which, although recommending that lowered intake of carbohydrates and weight loss help manage diabetes, ascribe no causal relationship between carbohydrates and type 2 diabetes.
How It All Works
It follows four phases – induction, ongoing weight loss, ongoing-maintenance and lifetime maintenance.
Here are some more details of Induction you need to consider, there are the most crucial of the phases.
The Induction phase is the most difficult phase of the Atkins diet. Atkins is flexible as to the time period but recommends two weeks. Carbohydrates are nearly removed entirely from the diet, only 15-20 grams can be consumed each day. The lack of carbohydrates will prompt the body to convert fat into fatty acids for fuel a process known as ketosis. Weight loss during this phase can be extreme some Atkins followers reported losses of 5-10 pounds a week.
The other phases are generally used for determining the levels of carbohydrates ideal for losing weight and for maintaining a standard weight not gaining weight. Dr. Atkins himself died of complications of increased fat intake in his diet, which is something to keep in mind when choosing this diet.