Atkins Diet

This is probably one of the most popular diets around since it has been successfully marketed to the public. This particular diet is well-known for the low-carbohydrate diets that it espouses. This was particularly endorsed and adapted by Dr. Robert Atkins way back in the 1960s when he read a type of diet which he read in the Journal of American Medical Association.

This was transformed into his own diet where modified it to suit his own overweight condition after graduating from medical school and medical training. Dr. Atkins was able to successfully treat over ten thousand patients who followed his Atkins diet.

He was able to make the diet popular by launching a series of books which started with the book, “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution” He eventually updated his book in his revised “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution” while remaining faithful to the different concepts that he was able to develop in his original book

This particular diet is one that restricts the person from eating carbohydrates. It also gives the other people changed perspectives regarding the different types of carbohydrates that one essentially provides the body. One of the different causes of obesity in the Western world is the presence and the ingestion of refined carbohydrate. Examples of these are sugar, flour as well as corn syrups which are high-fructose. Another issue that the Atkins diet seeks to clarify is that saturated fat is overrated as a nutritional problem.

This diet seeks to shed light on the advantages of good fats. The diet also distinguishes good fats and bad fats which are those trans fat which come from hydrogenated oils. These are those type of fats that one should avoid at all costs. Another thing that is interesting regarding this diet is that it throws the food pyramid out the window and simply asserts that refined carbohydrates should never be part of a person’s diet.

Therefore, the Atkins diet restricts the carbohydrates in one’s diet for the purpose of swtiching the body’s metabolism from burning glucose to burning protein as well as fat. This is achieved when the body goes to a state of ketosis as a result of running out of excess carbohydrates you can burn. If you stop eating lots and lots of carbohydrates, your body will then adjust itself to burn fat instead.

This results in a metabolism that is primed for burning fat instead of the normal sugar that it is used to get energy from. This specific diet produces a so-called “metabolic advantage” as it burns more calories, overall, compared to normal diets. This also claims that it expels some unused calories in the process. There was one study where the estimated advantage was a staggering 950 calories a day.

For those people who are adventurous and who want to try something radical, the Atkins diet is perfect for them. It is a diet that will challenge anyone in so many different ways and it is sure to instill discipline in those people who need it just a little more than others.

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