Dr. Atkins created the Atkins diet in the year 1972. His main aim was to create a healthy diet so that people live long by following a healthy lifestyle. His formula was:
Low carb = low insulin = ketosis phase = burning fat = losing weight.
If a person reduces the carbohydrate intake to 30-40 grams a day, the body will enter a phase, which is called as ketosis. In this phase the body burns fat and it will affect the production of insulin in the liver. Once you enter the ketosis phase your body will start using fat, as fuel and the desire for carbohydrate products will drop. The logic behind the Akins diet is that when you lower your carb intake the body starts using the excess fat and you begin to lose weight.
The first stage limits/restricts the carbohydrate intake to 20 grams a day. In the second stage you increase the carbohydrates and fiber rich foods to 20-25 grams every day. During the second week you increase it to 30 grams and keep the diet continuous until your weight loss stops. After this you start deducting 5 grams of carb every day to stay at that level. In the third stage you can increase the carb intake by 5-10 grams per week. In the fourth stage you can add some good carbohydrates to your existing diet.
Atkins diet has been a success worldwide and many people follow this diet to reduce their weight. It is estimated that nearly 20 million people have followed this dieting technique. Extensive research has been done on Atkins diet and it has been proved to be a safe and healthy diet for people who are obese. There has also been a reduction in “bad cholesterol” levels in people.
You should always consult a physician before starting any dietary regimen, so if you wish to start the Atkins diet consult your physician first.