Atkin's Diet

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Atkin's Diet

Basic Premise:

Lose excess weight and keep it off by consuming fewer carbohydrates, which allows your body to burn greater amounts of fat.

Allowable Foods:

  • Low protein and starch vegetables
  • High fat meats
  • Exclusions include simple carbs such as flour and sugar

Brief History:

Founder Robert Atkins used the study documented in "Weight Reduction" (by Dr. Alfred W. Pennington, in the Journal of the A.M.A.) to solve his own weight issues. In 1972, he popularized the method by puglishing Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution.

As the diet is low-carb in design, it is generally claimed to be effective and has proven itself to be effective in short-term weight loss. However, nutritionalists point out that the diet is too low-carb to be healthy and for long-term, as some carbohydrates are necessary to the body.

Dietary Practice:

There are four phases to the Atkins Diet


Initial two week period designed to push the body into ketosis. Carbohydrate intake is limited to less than 20 grams/day, 12-15 of which must come in the form of salad greens and other fruits and
vegetables (excluding legumes.) 4-6 ounces of meats, poultry, fish, shellfish and eggs, 4 ounces of cheese, most salad vegetables, low carb vegetabls, and butter, olive oil, and vegetable oil. 8 glasses of water are required. Alcohol may not be consumed. Caffine is allowed in moderation. A daily multivitamin is recommended.


A small incremental increase in carb intake is introduced at 5 grams each week. The objective is to find the "Critical Carbohydrate level for Losing" per individual and determine which foods are suitable to maintain. Other dietary additions are incorporated based on the Atikins Ladder. This phase lasts until
weight is within 10 pounds of the target goal.


Daily carb intake is increased again by 10 grams each week. Some forbidden carbs may be allowed. Water is still encouraged. Once target weight is achieved, and can be maintained for a month, daily carb consumption may be again increased by 10 grams per week. If weight-gain occurs, then revert to previous phase's levels.


This final phases carries forth the habits aquired during the previous phases. Whole, unprocessed food choices are emphasized with the option to drop back to a previous phase if weight-gain occurs. Target carb intake is 45-100 grams per day.

Physical Activity:

The Atkins diet emphasizes an active lifestyle and recommends regular excersize programs.


DISCLAIMER: For all dietary recommendations, consult your primary physician to determine what is best for your
individual goals and health conditions.

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