Thursday, May 22, 2003

Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet

A Low Carb, High fat Diet

Instead of blaming fat for the weight problem, Atkins claims fat consumption has actually declined the past few decades. He blames the increase in refined carbohydrate consumption

His diet, the Atkins Diet focusses on the consumption of nutrient-dense, unprocessed foods and nutrient supplements. It restricts intake of processed/refined carbohydrates, like high-sugar foods, breads, pasta, cereal and starchy vegetables

Atkis claims it works because because people are generally less hungry and are less obsessed with food because

1. By cutting the carbs, you'll maintain a more even blood sugar level throughout the day. Stable blood sugar throughout the day ensures that you will have fewer food cravings or false hunger pains.
2. The food you eat (meat, fish, cheese, nuts, eggs, low sugar/starch vegetables and fruit, etc.) is less processed and more nutritious.
3. Many of the toxins you take into your body are stored in your fat cells. By getting your body to burn stored fat, you allow it to clean itself out

Atkins claims in absence of carbohydrates, the primary energy source, your body starts burning fat for energy

The Atkins diet is highly personalised and is not for everyone.A person who performs a lot of aerobic exercise and who doesn't have a weight problem has no reason to be on a low carb diet


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