Dr Atkins Diet: Eat Your Way Slim, Too Good to be True?

The Dr Atkins Diet has caused a controversy in the world of dieting, some love the method and believe it to be the cause of rapid weight loss. On the other hand, others point out the gains are short term and that the diet has the potential to cause long term health issues.

The diet is split into four phases which sees the following effects:

Introduction – Here the diet begins and the dieter starts the process of switching from a carbohydrate rich diet to one rich in fats.

The idea is that the body over a two week period will go through what is referred to as ketosis.

In other words the body will start to burn fat as the main source of energy instead of carbohydrates.

Ongoing Weight Loss – After the initial two weeks and rapid weight loss stage, the diet allows a slow increase in the number of carbohydrates consumed whilst monitoring that weight loss is still being achieved. This stage should continue until a person is within 10 pounds of their target weight.

Pre-Maintenance – At this stage carbohydrate consumption is again increased in small increments of 10 grams per week until the body is no longer losing or gaining weight.

Lifetime Maintenance – Once weight loss is complete, an emphasis is put on not simply retuning to the pre-diet conditions. The diet advocates sticking to a low carb high fat diet although consumption of carbohydrates is permitted in greater volumes than in the introduction stage.

While the Dr Atkins Diet has been popular and many people have lost a great deal of weight, others have also reported side effects including head aches and migraines, a feeling of lethargy and post-diet weight gain. As such, if considering taking up the Atkins Diet check with a medial professional first the suitability of the diet.