Atkins Diet

On The Atkins diet, you’re pretty much eating meat and fat ---carbohydrates are almost totally restricted. That means, no bread products, biscuits, pies, cakes even to a degree fruits and vegetables are not permitted.

So, What can you eat? Meat, pork, cheese, chicken and butter (even though you can’t have bread or potatoes to put it on). That’s pretty much it. This may sound fine, if you’re a steak lover like I am. But try eating a thick juicy steak without a baked potato or any dinner rolls. It’s just not the same.

Anyway, the whole purpose of this carbohydrate restriction is to put your body into a state called ketosis, a medical condition that (according to Atkins) causes your body to burn fat directly as opposed to Glucose for energy. According to Atkins, your fat simply flows out of you.

The critics of the Atkins Diet plan say the reason you lose weight is that even though you’re encouraged to eat unlimited amounts of very fatty foods, since there’s so little variety, you become bored and actually eat less.

I tried Atkins several years ago. I made it a total of two days, I simply crave breads too much to give them up totally!

Here’s a typical Atkins Dinner

Unlimited Amounts of Beef
Unlimited Amounts of Butter

My Take...

I'm not a big fan of any weight loss program that restricts things like fruits and vegetables –Atkins does. My feeling is that a diet plan should be something you can follow, long term without, risking your health. I’m not a doctor but common sense tells me that you need more then meat and fat to survive. It’s also been said that when Dr Atkins died he was actually clinically obese. Hmmm...

That being said, there are definitely people who’ve lost weight on Atkins and they’ll argue that’s it’s the best weightloss program they’ve ever tried. So You’ll have to make up your own mind on this one.


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