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Atkins Diet Facts

Atkins Diet Facts

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 ==== ====Looking for a great dieting solution check this out!http://tinyurl.com/6vdtqkv ==== ====Atkins Diet "The Atkins Diet is a high-protein, low-carbohydrate weight loss diet developed by Robert Atkins,M.D., during the 1960s. In the early 1990s, Dr. Atkins brought his diet back into the nutritionspotlight with the publication of his best-selling book "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution". The Atkins Diet severely restricts the consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods and encourages theconsumption of protein and fat. The diet is divided into four phases: Induction, Ongoing WeightLoss, Pre-maintenance, and Maintenance. During the Induction phase (the first 14 days of thediet), carbohydrate intake is limited to no more than 20 grams per day. No fruit, bread, grains,starchy vegetables, or dairy products (except cheese, cream, and butter) are allowed during thisphase. During the Ongoing Weight Loss phase, dieters experiment with various levels ofcarbohydrate consumption until they determine the most liberal level of carbohydrate intake thatallows them to continue to lose weight. Dieters are encouraged to maintain this level ofcarbohydrate intake until their weight loss goals are met. During the Pre-maintenance andMaintenance phases, dieters determine the level of carbohydrate consumption that allows them tomaintain their weight. To prevent weight regain, dieters are told to maintain this level ofcarbohydrate consumption, perhaps for the rest of their lives. According to Dr. Atkins, most peoplemust limit their carbohydrate intake to no more than 60 grams per day to keep lost weight off. Inaddition to the dietary restrictions discussed above, Dr. Atkins recommends regular exercise andnutritional supplementation as part of his weight loss program. Note: The dietary recommendations issued by various organizations, including the United StatesDepartment of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Heart Association,encourage a daily carbohydrate intake of approximately 300 grams. To stay healthy, you will needto consume five times more what Atkins prescribes in his diets. Can a human being last longenough on this diet without experiencing any side effects? If the dieter dares to cheat on thisprogram, the result can be detrimental and the weight can be regained easily, twice as much aswhat has been lost during the diet. The quick weight gain brings about eventual depression andthe dieter will eventually reach his original weight before the weight loss. What is so attractive about the diet that so many individuals have taken the time and effort toapply? High-protein diets are the fad regimens of the moment. Their theory for weight loss consists ofeating lots of animal proteins and skipping carbohydrates such as breads, rice and pasta. Thetheory behind these diets is that if you load up on animal proteins, you will feel fuller faster, soyou'll end up eating less. 
The Atkins Diet is attractive to dieters who have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight on low-fat, low-calorie diets. Atkins dieters can eat as many calories as desired from protein and fat, as long ascarbohydrate consumption is restricted. Consequently, many Atkins dieters are spared the feelingsof hunger and deprivation that accompany other weight loss regimens. The underlying premise of the Atkins Diet is that diets high in sugar and refined carbohydratescause weight gain, and ultimately lead to obesity. Such diets increase the production of insulin (ahormone secreted by the pancreas). When insulin levels are high, the food we eat is quickly andeasily converted into fat, and stored in our cells. By restricting the consumption of carbohydrates,the production of insulin is moderated. In addition, the lack of available carbohydrate (the body'spreferred fuel source) forces the body to burn stored fat as energy. What do the critics say? Many nutrition experts disagree with the basic premise of the Atkins Diet - the notion that high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets cause obesity. For evidence of the implausibility of the Atkins Diet,some nutritionists point out that the traditional Japanese diet is very high in carbohydrates, low inprotein, and very low in fat; however, before the introduction of high-fat and high-protein Westernfoods, being overweight was rare in Japan. Such findings make sense because ounce for ounce,carbohydrates contain far fewer calories than fats (4 calories from carbohydrates versus 9 caloriesfrom fat). These critics blame the over-consumption of calories (from any source) and lack ofphysical activity as the primary causes of obesity. One concern about a high-protein diet stems from all the saturated fats one eats - those fats thatwe're told cause high cholesterol, clogged arteries and, eventually, heart disease. Critics alsoexpress concern about the impact of the Atkins Diet on the overall health of the dieter. Dependingon the foods chosen by the dieter, the diet may contain a large amount of saturated fat and transfat, putting those at risk for heart disease in danger. Recent research has found that high-proteindiets speed up the progression of arteriosclerosis, the main cause of heart attacks. Moreover,contrary to Atkins' claims, extremely low-fat diets have been found to reverse heart disease. Inaddition, the lack of grains, fruits, and vegetables in the Atkins Diet may lead to deficiencies of keynutrients, including dietary fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, and several minerals. Finally, high proteindiets may increase the risk of osteoporosis and accelerate the rate of deterioration in kidneyfunction associated with aging. Critics concede that Atkins dieters often experience significant weight loss during the initial stagesof the diet. However, these critics argue that the diet has a diuretic effect and that the initial weightloss is due to water loss, not fat loss. Eventually the body restores its water and sodium balance,and the rate of weight loss declines. Critics also note that there is no evidence showing that theAtkins diet leads to greater weight loss than do other diets that provide more carbohydrates, yetthe same number of calories.Critics also note high-protein diets can lead to dangerous imbalances- bone loss and kidney problems - because too much protein can overwork the kidneys. Dr. Atkins was the first person who brought a low-carbohydrates diet to major prominence in theU.S. and I credit him for defying "the system" and offering a weight loss plan that works for somepeople. He presents scientific fact, but for the most part his recent book provides anecdotalinformation from many of his patients. 
Dr. Atkins claims that some people have a condition of "hyper-insulinism", in which they produceexcess amounts of insulin when they eat carbohydrates, which in turn causes fat storage,diabetes, and a craving for more carbohydrates. This theory is scientifically logical but has notbeen accepted as proven by the medical community. In Dr. Atkins' "maintenance phase", he advises that persons increase their carbohydrate intake tothe point where they do not gain or lose weight. All that is great, however, how can we understand the whole concept behind his diets and why dopeople truly believe in it? How does it actually work? Insulin is a hormone, which is a substance that travels through the body and stimulates chemicalreactions. The human body has mechanisms to regulate how much of each hormone is produced,so that their effects can be controlled. With insulin, however, there is no "shut-off" switch as thereis with other hormones. The digestion of carbohydrates produces insulin, and there is no way tostop its activity once it is present in the bloodstream. There is also no way to prevent it from beingproduced when carbohydrates are consumed, even if these are in excess of what the body needsfor fuel. So, the more carbohydrates you consume, the more insulin the pancreas will produce to helpdigest the sugars of the carbohydrates. The more insulin that is being produced, the more storedfat will be sent to the cells, especially to those around your waist.I believe Dr. Atkins' diet may be useful for persons who are very sensitive to carbohydrates andhave extremely slow metabolic rates. Dr. Atkins' diet does not restrict protein intake, which is the correct approach. However, his adviceto add carbohydrate grams for the maintenance phase so that continued weight loss does notoccur is not scientifically sound. There is no indication that a person will continue to lose weightbelow his ideal bodyweight, taking in consideration his body type and metabolism. Your body ispredisposed to a certain weight, even though you interrupt carbohydrates consumption from yourdiet, the body will still maintain the same weight. After that phase, you will simply need to maintainit and be happy with it. Extreme dieters will need to understand that all the information mentioned above and below theselines is to make you realize some facts that you've never taken the time to research. When a dietbecomes popular, people jump on it without researching in more detail what it can do for theirbodies or if the diet fits their standard. It is not because "John Doe has lost some weight on thisspecific diet" that you will have a similar result. The same goes for diet pills: be careful with them.If they work temporarily for some people, it doesn't necessarily mean they will have the sameeffect on you. As for me, experiencing my own programs enabled me to lose weight, maintain it and still eat asmuch as I want of the right foods. I eat and exercise plenty. Remember that moderation is important. If you want to eat something that is not healthy, go aheadand eat it. However, make sure to moderate the rest of the day with the right food. The followinginformation should be helpful when it comes to moderation regarding a well-balanced diet. 

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