People everywhere have lost tons of weight on the Atkins diet. This low carbohydrate, high protein diet will make you lose weight fast, but you could also be losing your health in the process. Should you really follow a diet, where the creator, Dr. Robert Atkins, who was on the diet himself, died of a heart attack? The answer is no, you shouldn’t.
The Atkins diet ill allow you to lose weight quickly, and see immediate results. This is why many people like it at first. You remove almost all of the carbohydrates from your diet. This eliminates a lot of starches, refined sugars, and other things that contribute to obesity problems in United States. This diet follows a four stage process, Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre Maintenance, and Lifetime Maintenance. So what is the problem? Your body cannot live without carbohydrates. You cannot perform everyday tasks without any energy. Along with this diet, also come many scary health risks.
When you are following this diet, you are losing things your body needs. Glucose for example, the kinds found in fruits and vegetables, is vitally important for the development and function of your brain. Also, Gail Frank PhD states that a healthy body must obtain 150g of carbohydrates a day to function efficiently. On the Atkins, you start at just 20g a day. On this diet your body will begin to break down. You will have no energy, your immunity system will start to deteriorate, you will experience malnourishment, and your cholesterol and insulin levels will rise.
The diet will start you out by cutting out all breads, grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy, almost everything. Then after a two week period, where your body adapts to living without carbohydrates, and goes into ketosis, where it starts burning the fat stored in your body, you can slowly start to add in more things. Your maximum amount of carbohydrates aloud will increase to 40grams, which isn’t enough, over time, to survive.
There have been numerous controversial reports about the health effects of this diet. Although this book was a national best seller, and known all around the world, in the end, people are disappointed with its results. The diet is almost impossible to stay on for a long period of time. After you lose the weight, it usually comes back, and sometimes you end up gaining more weight than you did when you first dot on it. As a personal trainer, I see many people disappointed with low carbohydrate diets. If you want to lose weight effectively, and keep it off, you need to change your lifestyle. Jumping on a fad diet will not work.
The bottom line is stay away from the Atkins diet. The creator was obese, and died of a heart attack, that can never be a good sign. Moderate exercise, portion control, and healthier food choices will get you on the track to continual weight loss, that you can maintain, and live health on.