A drastic reduction in carbohydrates and an increase in one’s protein and fat intake can result in significant weight loss and promote good health, according to the proponent of the Atkins diet. Learn more about how it works and what the menu of this type of diet contains.
What is the Atkins diet all about?
Dr. Robert Atkins, an American physician, cardiologist and nutritionist, created a weight-loss system that promotes good health based on a low carbohydrate, high protein and high fat diet (popularly known as the Atkins diet). Theory
His theory is that a drastic reduction in the amount of carbs in the diet can lead to accelerated breakdown of fats in the body for energy, resulting in weight loss. This also leads to more stable blood sugar levels and prevents or controls diabetes. Low carbohydrate diet
A low carb diet, as prescribed by Atkins, is one which consists of no more than 40 grams of carbohydrates a day. However, carbs are severely restricted to about 20 grams of carbs per day in the first two weeks to jump-start weight loss and fat breakdown. Effects
A dieter’s energy is supplied by his fat and protein intake which is relatively high in this diet. This is one of the reasons why the safety of this diet is being questioned by some health experts like the American Dietetic Association which states that the body needs about 150 grams of carbs daily for normal metabolic activity. A diet high in fats and proteins may predispose people to heart and kidney disease.
Atkins diet menu
With the new Atkins diet, one is urged to count carbohydrates and is allowed to eat 20 to 40 grams of these (depending on the phase) per day. These consist of fiber rich foods like whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables. Refined sugar, white rice, white potatoes, pasta and white flour are avoided.
High fat, high protein diet
A low carb diet menu like this is in essence a high fat and high protein diet which allows one to eat rich foods such as red meat, bacon, eggs, cheese, fish, shellfish, fowl and more. Here are some examples of what low carb meal contains: Breakfast – three-egg omelet, bacon and coffee or tea
Lunch – grilled chicken salad with cheese and green leafy vegetables
Dinner – beef steak and green salad with olive oil dressing and cheese Final word
Although low carb menus may be effective in losing and maintaining weight, some doctors and nutritionists are concerned about their long term effects to the heart and kidneys and also its potential for cancer. The article is only meant to inform and should not be regarded as medical advice. Reference