Monday, March 12, 2012


It can be said that atkins diet is a low carbohydrate high protein diet. The diet is initially launched by Dr. Roberts C. Atkins who is a cardiologist as well. The theory says that by raising food consumption that contains protein and to eat carbohydrate at all at the first two weeks, body will build ketosis, a condition where body uses fat as fuel.
After two weeks or which is called second phase, you can consume carbohydrate, though it is only in very little portion.  This way will make body defends insulin levels  to stay low and stop body burning food to fat.
 The theory is that eating too much carbohydrate will raise blood sugar level. In its turn this process will produce insulin which is quickly get into blood stream and alter excess blood sugar to fat which is called trigliserid and later it will be stored as body fat. After that there are two more phases have to run in this diet, pre maintenance and maintenance. In these phases you only remain to keep on your diet as well as starting to see the result.
Atkins diet will encourage your body metabolism and soon after your metabolism changed your body will adjust automatically to new fat burning way. Besides that, by controlling insulin level to stay low those who suffers heart diseases, hypertension and diabetes will show adequate significant clinically progress.

This diet absolutely succeeds in a short period of time (3-6 months) far better than other diets. But for long period of time a study which is published in The New England Journal of medicine shows that a year later the dieters doesn’t undergo different weight loss than those who do conventional low fat diet.
Though people in this diet eat more meat, but there is a big possibility they reduce amount of calorie by eating another less carbohydrate or low calorie’s foods. As the truth this habit makes you be more selective on choosing food and it effects on decreasing of total calorie intake.

The main fear is high protein foods often have high saturated fat. Eating high protein foods can also decrease calcium level which causes the happening of osteoporosis and so do for people who have health problems just like liver and kidney diseases sufferer can get unusual stress as an effect when body tries to eliminate ketone. Other experts observe that this diet can cause constipation, colon, kidney problems or raising cholesterol level problems. You can also have unusual breath odor because of the raising of ketone.
A Nutrician Wendy Martinson warns you not to do Atkins Diet if you are often having exercise (4-5 times a week). Because to do exercises you need fuel. Body can get it by burning body fat,  
but it is not the same fast as your body wants to exercise. As a result you will lack of energy.

Don’t make this diet as a reason so that you can eat steak, cheese, or other high protein (fat as well) foods as you want. Make variety sources of protein and eat more fish and low carbohydrate fruits as well as vegetables which are allowed such as Sprouts, mushroom, celery, pepper, turnip, asparagus, cabbage, spinach and eggplant. You can use this diet as the first step to your weight loss program but don’t use it in more than 14 days.

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