I composed a list of many many advantages and disadvantages of the Atkins diet, so…you will be well informed before doing any choice!
The popularity of Atkins is a double-edged sword for dieters. There is a lot of information available on the diet, which makes it easy to find resources and support. Few diets have ever been more controversial than the Atkins Diet Plan. First introduced by Dr. Robert Atkins in 1972, the plan severely restricts consumption of carbohydrates in the form of bread, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables. The diet espouses the theory that carbohydrates increase blood sugar levels, releasing insulin. Insulin then prevents fat from breaking down in the body. Consequently, you will not burn fat or lose weight.
As promised, the article today is about the pros and cons of Atkins diet. After reading the article you get to decide if you want to follow its rules or not.
- There are studies that show that low-carbs eating improves triglycerides, reduces blood glucose for diabetics and pre-diabetics and increases good cholesterol (HDL).
- Atkins is also simple to use, compared with some other low-carbs diets on the market. There are some basic food carbohydrate counts that you’ll need to learn, but after that, you are free to eat from the acceptable food lists.
- Increased mental awareness; using high protein and low-carbohydrate foods usually creates more mental concentration and lighter stomach and also easier digestion for the people who have no intolerance to meat-based products.
- If you have been a minimal fat dieter in previous years, you’ll enjoy eating all of those “forbidden foods” that you just once had to go without having. Steak, butter and cream are a regular part of Atkins dieters’ meals.
- Dr. Atkins also emphasized finding your own personal carbohydrate level. Diverse people have distinct levels of carbohydrate tolerance. While some gain pounds on just 90 carbohydrate grams a day, others can live comfortably at 120 carbohydrate gram.
- You do need to count carbohydrates in everything you eat to make sure that you are staying within your personal carbohydrate range. There is also the issue of Induction, the most hotly debate aspect of the plan. Induction can be difficult to get through if you’ve had a diet that centers on carbs and sugar.
- Low extent of vitamins and minerals; Atkins diet offers poor nutritionally balanced diet (containing less vitamins and minerals as a result of less consumption of salads and fruits). This can lead to nutritional deficiency.