Before the Ketogenic diet became so popular and arguably one of the best methods of dieting and losing weight, there was the Atkins diet. Compared to the Atkins diet, Keto is like the new kid on the block.
The Atkins diet was first created and recommended by a cardiologist. This happened almost half a century ago. For the majority of that period, it was considered the most optimum method of dieting. Atkins is a subtype of low carb diets, just like Keto diet.
The Atkins diet is a little hard to follow because it is divided into 4 phases. Each phase has its own diet plan, so you’re not sticking to the same plan for the duration of your diet. What’s great about having 4 phases is that the 4th phase is the maintenance phase that prevents you from regaining weight after you stop dieting. Here are the four phases of the Atkins diet:
Induction phase: This is the first phase and it lasts between one to two weeks. During induction, your carb intake should be less than 20 grams per day. During these few weeks, you should eat lots of proteins. Your liver can convert these proteins into glucose, preventing you from entering ketosis.
Balancing phase: This phase starts after the induction phase and ends when you’re 10 pounds away from your desired weight. Naturally, the duration of this phase is variable from one person to the other. In addition to low carb foods, you can also introduce some moderate carb foods to your regimen.
Pre-maintenance phase: This phase only ends when you reach your desired weight. You can start introducing high carb foods here, but only in moderation. Avoid processed foods as much as possible. If you notice that your progress is declining, then it might be time to take a step back and reconsider how much carbs you’re eating.
Maintenance phase: Once you’re done dieting after reaching your target weight, this phase will help stabilize your body. Set a daily carbohydrate limit to keep you from gaining back some of the lost weight.
The Atkins diet was one of the best low carb diets for a very long time, but things have changed since the Keto diet emerged. For starters, Keto is much easier to follow since your dietary regimen is consistent throughout your diet.
Additionally, as you’ve seen in the Atkins diet, you start to increase your carbohydrate intake as you progress through the phases. This can have a detrimental effect on your weight loss. The Ketogenic diet, on the other hand, restricts carbs from day one until you decide to stop dieting. A persistent cutback on carbs will induce a state of ketosis, resulting in fat breakdown.
They say old is gold, but that’s not always the case. When it comes to low carb diets, the Atkins diet may not fair as good as the Keto diet. Apart from all the science and technicalities, some people who tried both diets say that they lost more weight while on Keto.