Dr. Robert C. Atkins revolutionalized the dieting world when he introduced the Atkins diet (a new low-carb eating concept) in . He claimed that carbohydrates is the main reason for weight gain and you would lose weight effectively if you can control the amount of daily carbohydrate intake. While most medical experts were recommending low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets, Dr Atkins suggested people who wanted to lose weight should do the exact opposite. His philosophy was that up to two thirds of calories could come from fat – more than double the usual recommendation – and people should eat meats and cheeses instead of breads, pastas, and even fruits and vegetables.
The Atkins diet allows unrestricted amounts of protein, including meats, eggs and cheeses, while limiting foods containing carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are limited to fifteen to sixty grams per day, depending on the dieter’s average level of physical activity. However without carbohydrates, the body is left to rely on fat or muscle for energy. When stored fat is broken down, a byproduct called ketones is formed. Ketones suppress the appetite, but can also cause fatigue, nausea and potentially dangerous fluid loss. For this reason, it is not recommended for people with diabetes, heart or kidney problems.
Atkins Diet Phase
Dr Atkins diet program is a very structure diet program that are broken down into four general phases, each phase contain specific objective to help it followers to archive weight loss in stages. The phases are plan so that at the end of the diet program an individual will find the Carbohydrate Consumption Level for Maintenance (CCLM). This magic number serve as an important guide for daily carbohydrates consumption to maintain an individual weight. The four phases of Atkins diet are :
Phase I – Induction Phase
Phase II – Ongoing Weight Loss
Phase III – Pre Maintenance
Phase IV – Lifetime Maintenance