The Atkins Diet was started by Dr. Robert Atkins in the early 1970’s when he published his first book. The low carb diet was so popular at one point in 2003-2004 that it is said 1 in 11 adults in the United States was on it. The popularity has waned in recent years, but it is still very popular.
The premise of the Atkins Diet is that people lose weight and feel better when they eat a low carbohydrate diet. Atkins consists of 4 stages: Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-Maintenance, and Lifetime Maintenance. At first you can only eat a very small amount of carbohydrates, to allow your body to break bad eating habits and train your body to use body fat as energy (state called ketosis). Gradually some carbs are introduced back into your diet.
By the end of phase 4 of the Atkins Diet, you have reached your target weight and will continue the low-carb diet for lifelong weight maintenance. Some medical professionals warn that the diet is very high in saturated fat and also in protein, which may cause kidney problems. A new version of the book has been published in 2010 that allow for greater flexibility in the diet, including allowing some alcohol and coffee.
|Site Link||Atkins Diet|
|Category||Life Change Diet|
|Claimed Weight Loss||5-15 pounds during the first two weeks|
Snacks & cuisines
Registration which includes:
|Price||Book: From $6.40
Snacks & cuisines (mainly bars and shakes): From $3.99
|Special Features||Severely limits carbs
Goal is for the dieter to achieve ketosis
Dieters can eat high fat foods such as cheese, red meat, and bacon