Atkins nutritional approach

Egg dietAtkins nutritional approach is one of the most popular dietary systems that hit the market around fifty years ago, promising overall weight maintenance, good health, and disease prevention.

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It also claimed to not only help a person lose weight but do so without having him/ her suffer any hunger pangs. This low carbohydrate diet also promised to result in a healthier heart and better memory function as well as providing a host of other wellness benefits.

The Idea

Atkins diet is a high-protein, high-fat and low-carbohydrate weight-loss diet made famous by Dr. Robert C. Atkins. It is basically a weight loss program that helps overweight people lose extra weight by cutting down drastically on their carbohydrate intake while upping their protein and fat ingestion.

It all started when in the 1960s; Dr. Atkins stumbled on an article in a medical journal and treated his own overweight problem using the article’s approach. After treating innumerable patients through this program, in 1972 he started writing a series of books, expounding his revolutionary ideas.

What is it about

The basic notion of Dr. Atkins’ Diet theory is that people are overweight due to their tendency to over eat and of their hypersensitivity to carbohydrates. According to him it is not only how much a person eats but the way that the body processes the carbohydrates that they eat that causes them to become overweight.

Then again, Dr. Atkins theorizes that most overweight people are insulin resistant i.e. their body does not properly convert carbohydrates into glucose. According to Dr. Atkins, the remedy to the disorder is to restrict the amount of carbohydrate intake particularly the bad ones that are found in processed pre-packaged and junk foods like cookies, sodas, chips etc.

Atkins suggests that by bringing down carbohydrate intake to less than 40 grams a day the body begins to burn fat as fuel. This process is called Ketosis. Atkins further theorizes that Ketosis also prevents more fat formation in the body. As a result, a person’s craving for carbohydrates also comes down resulting in a fitter body.

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