developed by Dr Robert C.
Atkins. He founded Atkins
Nutritional in 1989 with the view
to change the way the world eats, to promote good health. He
away in the 2003.
Atkins first weight loss book "Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution" was
published in 1972 promoting controlled carbohydrates nutrition and
complementary medical techniques. Dr Atkins had since written several
other books. The
has gone on to be probably the most
popular Low Carb
diet has been dogged with a lot of controversies,
from court suits e.g Jody Gorran, a 53-year-old businessman has sued
Atkins Nutritionals Inc. and the estate of Robert C. Atkins, M.D., for
negligent mis-representation, product liability, and deceptive and
unfair trade practices. To negative publicity e.g. the paper by the
American Heart Association denouncing high-protein, low carb diets such
as Atkin diet in 2002.
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Low carb diets have been a contentious issue
for some time now.
diet is designed on the supposition that the body switches from sugar
metabolism to a primarily fat metabolism as long as the person stays
below their critical carbohydrates tolerance (CCT).
CCT is the point at
which the no longer primarily burn body fat for fuel. Today however the
use of the Glycemic
Diets is considered a better
science in encouraging fat
One of the arguments leveled against Atkins is
its high dietary
fat content that critics claim raises blood cholesterol levels
increasing risks of a heart disease. While the lifetime maintenance
phase, diet changes in macronutrients occur and this can
disrupt metabolism and result to weight gain. This would probably occur
as you reintroduce carbohydrates and cut back on saturated fats.
The diet often does achieve calorie deficit needed for weight loss. The
unconventional diet of mainly proteins is used to create satiety and a
sense of being full to avoid consumption of the high calorie foods:
mostly sugars and carbohydrates.
With time though,
Atkins has softened
its stand concerning carbohydrates from, "most carbs are bad" to there
are "good and bad carbs". High protein, low carb diets popularized by
Atkins diet have been subject to heated debate in the nutrition circles
for three decades. But there still is increasing evidence that diets
like Atkins DO result to weight loss.
opposed to popular
belief some research has found that Atkins diet does improve
cholesterol levels by the end of 6 months. With time we see Atkins diet
and similar diets constantly improving their dieting recommendation.
This is as conclusive information on weight loss and effects of their
high fat and high proteins are unveiled.
The diet program is in four phases.
This kick starts your body into lypolysis i.e. principally metabolism
of body fats. This results to ketosis. This is intended to stabilize
blood sugar and curb cravings by breaking "carbohydrate addictions".
The stage lasts for 14 days and consist liberal eating of all other
food groups with most minimum carbohydrates.
Weight Loss Phase: This
involves the gradual reintroduction
of good carbohydrates in form of complex carbohydrates with low
glycemic index. Glycemic index is a weight
for determining quality of a carbohydrate.
this stage you
have to start counting calories. In words of Atkins Diet "if
you do not count [calories], you could be in trouble".
can be agonizing for some, but the system tries to help by including a
calorie counter. Reintroduction of carbohydrates will continue to the
point you realize you are not loosing weight anymore. An inherent
advantage of Atkins diet is the personalizing of your eating program.
section called mind and body connection takes on the psychological
aspect of weight loss. Here they encourage you to be specific, to
visualize and keep tab of your progress.
Phase: This phase is the home
stretch. About 10 pounds from
your goal you deliberately slow down the weight loss process to
internalize habits you have acquired. This is most probably introduced
to curb weight regain that is common in these kinds of diets, but
phrased in more politically correct terms. Atkins urges you not to
try and skip this important phase.
This involves selecting from a wide variety of foods to control
carbohydrate intake to ensure weight maintenance and a sense of
research in New England Journal of Medicine, May 2003 found that people
on a high protein, high fat, low carb like Atkins Diet lost twice as
much weight over six months than those on a standard low fat diet
recommended by most health agencies. However the study also showed that
the participant regained much of the weight by the end of
one year, eventually showing no major difference between the two diets.
The diet has undoubtedly proven to be effective
in the short term.
Sustaining the weight loss success is a whole different issue.
of 107 research studies on various low carb, high protein weight loss
diets concluded that weight loss
on these diets is not due to
special effect of restriction carbs. Rather on calorie reduction and
how long one stayed on the regime.
Committee of the
Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism of the American
Heart Association states, "High
protein diets are not
recommended because they restrict healthful foods that provide
essential nutrients and do not provide the variety of foods needed to
adequately meet nutritional needs. Individuals who follow these diets
are at risk for compromised vitamins and mineral intake as well as
potential cardiac, renal, bone and liver anomalies overall."
As much as any effective weight loss
reduced calorie intake, you should get all your nutrients from what you
For you to attain permanent weight loss you should approach it from a
comprehensive point view. You need to consider;
Physiology: This entails the
already discussed aspect of
controlled calorie intake and expenditure. The
Atkins Diet has some sound aspects to this.
Psychology: This is probably
the less tackled of
the disciplines. The psychology for weight loss is an integral part of
a comprehensive weight loss plan. Infact permanent weight loss is
impossible without its inclusion in your program. This is an aspect not
covered by the Atkins.
But what we are finding out more and more is that when
it comes to losing fat, especially belly fat,
will need to Go Beyond
If you want to get a
flat stomach or even a six pack you need two things, just two things.
These two are....
content is reviewed periodically and is subject to
change as new information on weight loss becomes
available. The information is intended for
educational purposes only. Please
consult your healthcare provider before beginning
any kind of weight loss program