Atkins Diet

atkins dietThe Atkins Diet was originally marketed in the 1960s by Dr. Robert Atkins and was designed to be a low carbohydrate, high protein diet.
Dr. Atkins wrote a series of books, beginning with Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution in 1972. Over the years, the diet has changed slightly over the years but has stuck to the staple low carbohydrate tenet.

The Diet

The Atkins diet is a departure from many of the diets out there. Atkins believed that the main cause of Western obesity by eating refined carbohydrates, like sugar, flour and high fructose corn syrup. He believed that saturated fat is not that bad of a health problem and that only trans fats need to be avoided. He, therefore, rejects the food pyramid guide and emphasizes the use of meats in higher quantities than other diets. Insulin-inducing foods are rejected in the place of proteins, which don’t trigger insulin.

Dr. Atkins believes that the process of fat loss or lypolysis begins only when the body enters ketosis as a consequence of not having excess carbohydrates to burn. Preferred foods involve anything whole or unprocessed that has a low glycemic load.

Dr. Robert Atkins

The force behind the Atkins diet was Dr. Robert Atkins, an American physician and cardiologist. He began studying the effects of diet on his heart patients and came to believe that a high protein, low carbohydrate diet would prevent obesity and would therefore improve heart disease. He became very famous for his ideas and the diet became very popular.

Around the year 2000, Atkins himself, who abided by the diet, suffered from a heart condition known as cardiomyopathy which he stated was unrelated to his diet. He suffered a cardiac arrest in 2002 but recovered in time to return to work. He died in April of 2003 after slipping and falling on the ice.

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