A Review of the Atkins Diet
- Degree of Difficulty / 0= Extremely Hard, 100- Extremely Easy/ 50% 50%
- Level of Activity /0=Not included, 100= Activity is high/ 50% 50%
- Water Included in Diet /0=Not included, 100= Built into plan/ 100% 100%
- Maintenance Plan /0=No plan after initial weight loss, 100= Lifetime plan/ 100% 100%
The Atkins diet is based on the hypothesis that carbohydrates cause a spike in blood sugar levels which leads to storing fat. This diet limits carbs severely at the beginning and slowly introduces them back into diet.
Ease for Dieter*
- Diet has graduated phases
- Phase 1 typically lasts for 2 weeks and is limited to only 20-25 g Daily Net Carbs from “Foundation Vegetables, Proteins, Healthy Fats and Most Cheeses” or “Nuts and Seeds”.
- Phase 2 is limited to only 25-50 g Daily Net Carbs from Phase 1 and “Berries, Cherries or Melon”, “Whole Milk Greek Yogurt”, “Legumes”, or “Tomato Juice”.
- In Phase 3 you are limited to only 50-80 g Daily Net Carbs from Phase 1, Phase 2 and “Additional Fruits”, “starchy Vegetables”, or “Whole Grains”.
- Finally, Phase 4 is limits you to only 80-100 g Daily Net Carbs from Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3. (This is the maintenance level)
- Many tools are available on the Atkins Site
- There are several versions of the diet depending on your weight loss goals.
(*My impression is based on my research and how hard I think it would be to maintain for 1, 6, 8, 10, 20 weeks. Your experience may vary.)
- Restricted Carbs
- High Protein
- High Fat
- Lifetime. 45 to 100 grams of carbohydrates per day.
Suggested Activity Level
- No Activity Required
Suggested Further Reading from Amazon
New Atkins You Ultimate Shedding