FAQ About Atkins Diet

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1.What is the Atkins carb counter diet?

The Atkins diet is the way how to lose weight by the restriction of carbohydrates and the implementation of protein and fat in the diet. The Atkins Nutritional Approach is created by diet pioneer Robert Atkins.

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2. Is it true that the Atkins diet is a low-calorie diet?

No, it’s not true! Atkins isn’t about counting calories. While doing Atkins you can eat fewer calories as a result of being less hungry and less obsessed with food.

Atkins counts grams of carbohydrates instead of calories. At the beginning of Induction diet you are allowed 20 grams of carbs, gradually adding them in 5-gram increments as you progress from Ongoing Weight Loss to Pre Maintenance, and finally to the Lifetime Maintenance phase of Atkins.

3.How does the Atkins Nutritional Approach work?

The diet initially eliminates simple carbohydrates (sugars) and complex carbohydrates (starches) except for high-fiber vegetables, for the first two weeks. This allows for cravings triggered by High Glycemic foods to be controlled and prevents binge eating. The initial two-week period is considered a “jump start” for weight reduction. Your meal plans will tell you exactly what to eat!

The first weeks will take you through the Induction and Ongoing Weight Loss phase.

Induction is a very low carbohydrate phase for the initial two weeks. You will be consuming only 20 grams of carbohydrates a day. As a result of limiting carbohydrate intake, your initial weight loss will be very substantial.

As the diet progresses, controlled amounts of carbohydrate-containing foods are gradually introduced to your weekly meal plans.

Ongoing Weight Loss phase will allow a very steady weight loss. After the two week strict phase you will add 5 grams of carbohydrates each week to gradually re-introduce some carbohydrate foods up to 40 grams per week. You may stay on this program as long as you wish.

Next two phases are Pre-Maintenance and Lifetime Maintenance phase.

4.Does the Atkins diet work?

Yes, the Atkins diet does work. Unlike other diets, Atkins is not based on limiting calories.

Atkins drastically reduce the amount of carbohydrate intake, discourage foods such as bread, pasta, fruit, and sugar, emphasize protein and fat intake (meat, cheese, and eggs), include saturated fat in addition to leaf vegetables and dietary supplements.

Choosing the right nutrient-dense foods allow the body to feel fuller while burning more fat and working more efficiently.

The Atkins diet is backed by over 50 studies validating the diet’s principles and its success rate for weight loss and weight management.

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In the Journal of American Medical Association (March 7, 2007) were one recent example about Atkins diet by Stanford University Diet Study. This study compared Atkins diet vs Zone, LEARN and Ornish diets. The results were great:

„The Atkins Nutritional Approach delivered the strongest weight loss results with the most beneficial metabolic effects among four top diet regimens.”

5. Is this High Protein Low Carbohydrate diet for me?

This lowcarb diet is for everyone! If you are seeking to be at your ideal body weight, lose excess body fat, improve your health and live a longer and better life this diet is for you.

It is ideal for people with diabetes, hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. It will also improve your mental clarity and energy.

6. What makes Atkins different from other diet programs?

Depending upon your weight and overall health, you can personalize the diet to suit your individual needs, perhaps starting at a later phase or moving from one phase of the program to another as your needs change.

Do You Need Atkins Induction Phase?

So if you’re not looking to lose a significant amount of weight, but just maintain your current weight or reduce your reliance on carbs in your diet, you can begin with Induction or Phase 2, called Ongoing Weight Loss, where the net carbohydrate level is higher and more foods are included.

7. How much weight will I lose?

Men lose an average of 6-16 pounds after the first two weeks (Induction) on this diet. Women lose an average of 4-12 pounds. In subsequent weeks, dieters lose an average of 1-2 pounds each week.

8. Will I gain the weight back after the Atkins diet?

Many dieters have taken the weight off and kept it off. See Success stories about Atkins diet!

In fact, thanks to the attention that Atkins brought to the role of carbohydrates in the diet, many Americans today have changed the way they eat. According to the Natural Marketing Institute, 44 percent of the American adult population today controls their carbohydrate intake. There are millions of men and women who have found and continue to find success with the Atkins Nutritional Approach.

9. Atkins is a fad diet?

Atkins is not a fad diet.

A growing body of peer-reviewed research continues to support the fact that the Atkins diet works and leads to successful weight loss/management along with a variety of other health benefits.

10. Dr. Atkins died of a heart attack?

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