Are you planning to lose your weight? Well,
there are thousands of diet plans but it is very hard to pick one and follow it. One such
diet plan is Atkins Diet. The Atkins Diet is a low carb diet, developed
twenty years ago by American heart specialist, Dr Robert Atkins. He found, the diet he devised
for his patients not only improved their heart conditions it also reduced their weight without
food restriction. Dr Atkins realized that the carbohydrate restriction
was forcing the body to ‘change gear’ and start preferring its fat stores to the food
taken in as a source of energy. This breakdown of fat stores produces ketones.
The body excretes any ketones which are surplus to requirements, hence the ability to determine
whether the body has started using its fat stores for energy by testing the urine for
ketones. Weight lost under these conditions is mostly
from the body’s fat stores, rather than lean muscle.
Purpose of the Atkins Diet is to change your eating habits to help lose weight. The Atkins
Diet is also healthy lifelong approach to eating. Whether you want to lose weight, boost
your energy or improve health, it helps with high blood pressure or metabolic syndrome.
The Atkins Diet has several phases for weight loss and maintenance, starting out with a
very low carbohydrate eating plan. According to the Atkins Diet, obesity and related health
problems, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, are the fault of the typical low-fat,
high-carbohydrate American diet. It uses a system called net carbs, which is
the total carbohydrate content of an item minus its fiber content. For example, a half-cup
of raw broccoli has 2.3 grams of total carbs and 1.3 grams of fiber, putting its net carb
value at 1 gram. The Atkins Diet’s approach to carbs will
burn off your body’s fat stores, regulate your blood sugar and help you achieve optimal
health, while not leaving you feeling hungry or deprived.
Once you’re at your Ideal weight, the Atkins Diet also helps you to identify your personal
carbohydrate tolerance, the net carbs you can eat each day without gaining or losing
weight. Unfortunately much misinformation exists about
the Atkins Diet. Such as it is low in nutrients and fiber and it does not help in weight loss,
such peoples have not taken the trouble to read Dr Atkins’ book.