Atkins Diets FAQ's Answered!

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TOTAL = 8 Questions Answered.

1. Can Atkins carb counter diet be used as a short-term or crash diet?

If you do Induction for two weeks to drop 10 pounds and then go back to your old way of eating, you will be treating it as a crash diet. But that goes against everything Atkins recommends, and will lead to problems in the long run.

2. Can I lose weight doing Atkins Nutritional Approach, and then return to my old way of eating?

Do this, and as with your past attempts, you will neglect to change those eating habits that ensure you always regain lost weight.

3. Can I focus solely on losing weight and minimize the maintenance aspects?

Any weight loss program that does not segue into weight maintenance is doomed to failure. The eating plan you will follow during Lifetime Maintenance is likely to be somewhere between your menu during the Induction phase and the way you ate before you started Atkins.

4. Can I eat any food so long as I do not exceed 20 grams of carbs a day?

If you eat junk foods or other nutrient-deficient carbohydrate foods instead of vegetables and other nutrient-dense foods, you will miss most of the benefits Atkins write about and you certainly will not be fostering long-term health.

5. Can I use Atkins plan for weight loss, and don’t bother with exercise and supplements if I don’t have any health problems?

If you don’t supplement with vita nutrients and exercise regularly, you may take off pounds, but you will miss out on important health benefits. And everyone needs exercise: It is not related solely to weight loss.

6. Can I go back to eating my favorite foods after I lose weight?

Your favorite foods may well be your problem foods. Unless you acknowledge and learn how to deal with your addictions, you are doomed to regain your weight and fall back into the dangerous cycle of high blood sugar and overproduction of insulin.

7. Can I do Induction during the week and binge on weekends and still lose or maintain weight?

When you do Atkins during the week and then cheat on the weekends, for several days after your binge, you are no longer burning fat. At most, you could be in the fat-burning state for only three days each week. In addition, you may have over stimulated your insulin response, increasing the metabolic risk factors underlying your weight problem.

Remember, that when you burn fat, dietary fat is also being burned. However, if you combine high carbs with high fat – the typical American diet – you can be increasing your cardiovascular risks.

8. Can I do Atkins while following a low-fat regimen?

To encourage your body to burn its own stores of fat, you need to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat, meaning you need to eat primarily foods rich in protein and fat. Remember that essential fatty acids play a role in normal metabolic function.

Fat also plays a role in stabilizing blood sugar and increasing satiety. If fat intake is too low, you will not burn fat aggressively. Moreover, excess protein converts to glucose and can keep fat from becoming the primary fuel.

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