Help with Beginning the Atkins Diet
Since the late 1970s , it's mostly been taught that in order to lose weight a person must count calories and fat grams. We now know that there is a much easier and better way and it's called the Atkins Diet. The Atkins Diet was invented by Dr. Robert Atkins. While on the Atkins Diet you do not count calories or fat grams. Instead, you restrict your carbohydrates.
If you are overweight, there's good chance that you have a problem with blood sugar and insulin levels. Insulin is a fat producing hormone. By restricting the foods that stimulate excessive insulin release, you will lose weight. The Atkins diet does exactly this, reduces excessive insulin! The Atkins diet is a diet that can reverse hypertension, controls diabetes, end that dreaded afternoon fatigue, and help with many other medical conditions. On the Atkins Diet, the body switches from using glucose as its main source of fuel to almost entirely fatty acids for energy. Therefore, you burn fat instead of carbohydrates on a low carb diet, and lose weight. By reducing your intake of carbohydrates, you will enter a metabolic process called ketosis, which means you are burning fat.
One of the best things about the Atkins Diet is that you will not feel hungry. That's right! You will eat without calorie counting. Many people believe that the Atkins diet is a meat only diet. This is untrue. On Atkins you will be eating many vegetables too. Some people think that Atkins is a "No-Carb" Diet when in fact, it's a "Low-Carb" Diet.
If you are ready to begin the Atkins diet, please get the book. The Atkins book will help to explain the whole Atkins principle. There is a lot of information on this website to help you as well. The Atkins diet has four phases. The first phase is called the Induction Phase, which is the first two weeks of the diet. During the induction phase, a person is required to stay at 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. Learn about the Atkins Induction Phase here.
I would suggest joining the Atkins Diet Message Board so that you can talk with others and get help while on your weight loss journey. There you will find many Atkins friends for support. Make sure to read the reference and tips section of this site for more information. We also have a cookbook section that contains hundreds of Atkins Recipes that have been submitted by our members. Good luck on your journey to a better you!
Atkins Diet Articles of Interest:
May 19, 2005 US beer: low carb and lite options drive female consumption - The introduction of low-carb and lite beer products is bringing renewed vigor to what has been a flagging US beer market and it is female consumption that appears to be giving it this boost.
May 16, 2005 'Zine Gives The Skinny on Diet Programs - Among six diet plans rated in Consumer Reports' June edition, Slim-Fast and two stages of the Atkins diet produced the most weight loss after six months.
May 15, 2005 Atkins Diet Forcing Restaurants To Offer Low-Carb Options - The restaurant industry has been "shaken up" by the Atkins diet, according to Johnson, and has attempted to meet consumer demand for low-carb products to keep up with the change in eating habits that tens of millions of people have chosen to make their lifestyle.
May 10, 2005
High Protein, Low Carbohydrate Diet Helps Reduce Stomach Fat -
May 2, 2005 Don't Blame Atkins For Wave Of Poor Low-Carb Products The Atkins diet has been around since the early 1970's and has literally helped millions upon millions of people lose and maintain weight loss over that time. Furthermore, the Atkins diet is not an avoidance of carbohydrates altogether, but rather a controlled-carb lifestyle approach that makes people aware of what they are putting into their mouths.
April 26, 2005 Dr. Atkins' widow vows to vindicate diet - April 17 marked two years since the accidental death of her husband, embattled low-carb guru Dr. Robert Atkins, after a fall on an icy New York sidewalk. She increasingly is making public appearances, not only fighting back against his detractors with millions of dollars for research she knows will prove him right, but with the passionate words of a wounded wife.
April 12, 2005 Atkins Foundation funds new obesity center A $5 million grant from a foundation established by the family of Atkins diet guru Robert Atkins will fund a center in St. Louis aimed at fighting obesity. A ceremony to open the Veronica and Robert C. Atkins Center for Excellence in Obesity Medicine was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
April 12, 2005 Scientists Study Atkins Style Diets During Pregnancy Researchers are investigating whether a woman who consumes a high-meat, low-carbohydrate diet in late pregnancy risks damaging the future health of her child. The study focuses on a group of nearly 1,000 men and women born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, in the late 1960s whose mothers' diets were similar to Atkins.
April 8, 2005 Atkins Diet products end up in food banks
A surplus of diet food for the overweight has been a boon for the hungry in Appalachia. Once trendy, low-carb Atkins diet foods that were never sold are being shipped to food banks. Since September, 14 truckloads of Atkins Nutritional bars, shakes and breakfast mixes have been sent to charities that hand out free food.
March 6, 2005 Low Carb Diets Rich in Antioxidants:
Now that the clinical research is in, and it's clear that a low-carbohydrate diet aids weight loss and actually improves blood work for most people, the dietitians are working overtime to find objections. The current cry is “A low-carb diet is low in antioxidants!” So let's take a closer look, shall we?
May 18, 2004 Benefits of low-carbohydrate Atkins diet reaffirmed
May 18, 2004 Low-Carb Vs. Low-Fat Diets: Which Works Best? Studies: Cutting Carbs Improves Triglyceride, HDL Levels The low-carb craze that's sweeping the nation has no sign of letting up -- and two new studies bolster the idea that cutting carbs is a good way to cut pounds.
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