In 1972, Dr. Robert C. Atkins wrote a book about a new diet called the Atkins diet. For over 40 years, people have successfully relied on the Atkins diet to reach their target weights. The buzz around the Atkins diet has faded a bit since the Ketogenic diet emerged as a better alternative.
The Atkins diet wasn’t always very popular at the time. When it first came out, it faced a lot of backlash and criticism from the medical community. After some time and as more and more studies were done on its health effects, the Atkins diet was proven to be safe.
Some of the concerns about the diet were due to its high content of saturated fat. This claim was later debunked when studies showed that saturated fat is harmless. The other effects that this diet has on the lipid profiles involve the elevation of HDL while keeping LDL levels at bay. HDL is regarded as good cholesterol while LDL is considered as bad cholesterol. This makes the impact of the Atkins diet beneficial, or at the very least neutral.
The diet’s reliance on high protein and fat intake with very little carbs result in a decreased appetite. Having a large appetite is one of the serious obstacles that can impede a person’s weight loss. By eliminating it, losing weight will be much easier.
The Ketogenic diet, recently overshadowing the Atkins diet, has a fixed plan from start to finish. It’s easy. Just eat plenty of fats and some proteins while limiting carbohydrate intake to not more than 20 grams per day. The Atkins diet is a little more complicated since it has 4 phases.
Induction is the first phase and lasts for 2 weeks. It almost mimics the Ketogenic diet in that you’re only allowed to eat up to 20 grams of carbs per day. Despite following a similar regimen, this phase doesn’t count as Keto because your body doesn’t enter ketosis. You’ll be consuming enough protein which can be converted to glucose by your liver to be used for energy.
The 2nd phase is called balancing. You’re allowed to introduce some low carb vegetables and small amounts of fruits into your diet. This phase lasts until you’re about 10 pounds away from achieving your dream weight.
Phase 3 is all about fine-tuning. More carbs are allowed during this phase and it lasts until your optimum weight is reached. If you notice, you’ll stop losing weight once you’ve added more carbs into your body.
Phase 4 is all about maintaining your progress and trying not to gain back the weight that you’ve lost. Throughout all phases of the diet, you should avoid soda, cake, grains, trans fats, high carb vegetables and fruits, and starches.
While there’s no denying that the Keto diet is more effective for most people, Atkins diet may still work for some. But while it’s more lenient, it may take some time to work.