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Dec 23rd, 2013

Losing weight after the Holidays

Atkins Diet

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The Basics

The Atkins Diet is a high-protein, low-carbohydrate weight-loss diet developed by Robert Atkins, MD. Atkins dieters can eat as many calories from protein and fat as they want, as long as they restrict their carbohydrates.

The diet is divided into four phases:

  • Induction (the first 14 days)—Carbs are limited to no more than 20 grams per day. No fruit, bread, grains, starchy vegetables, or dairy products (except cheese, cream, and butter) are allowed during this phase.
  • Ongoing weight loss—Dieters experiment until they find a carbohydrate intake that allows them to continue to lose weight until their weight-loss goals are met.
  • Premaintenance and maintenance—Dieters determine the level of carbohydrate intake that allows them to maintain their weight.

Best bets: Meats, eggs, dairy products (except milk), Atkins-labeled products, or check the nutrition label to see the carb content for any food. See our Low-Carbohydrate Diet article for more low-carb ideas.

More about this diet

Originally developed in the 1960s, in the early 1990s Dr. Atkins brought his diet back into the nutrition spotlight with the publication of his best-selling book Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution.

The Atkins Diet severely restricts the consumption of carbohydrate-rich foods and encourages the consumption of protein and fat. The diet is divided into four phases: Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Premaintenance, and Maintenance. During the Induction phase (the first 14 days of the diet), carbohydrate intake is limited to no more than 20 grams per day. No fruit, bread, grains, starchy vegetables, or dairy products (except cheese, cream, and butter) are allowed during this phase. During the Ongoing Weight Loss phase, dieters experiment with various levels of carbohydrate consumption until they determine the most liberal level of carbohydrate intake that allows them to continue to lose weight. Dieters are encouraged to maintain this level of carbohydrate intake until their weight loss goals are met. During the Premaintenance and Maintenance phases, dieters determine the level of carbohydrate consumption that allows them to maintain their weight. To prevent weight regain, dieters are told to maintain this level of carbohydrate consumption, perhaps for the rest of their lives. According to Dr. Atkins, most people must limit their carbohydrate intake to no more than 60 grams per day to keep lost weight off.

Note: The dietary recommendations issued by various organizations, including the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Heart Association, encourage a daily carbohydrate intake of approximately 300 grams.

In addition to the dietary restrictions discussed above, Dr. Atkins’ weight loss program recommends regular exercise and nutritional supplementation.

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2 Responses to Losing weight after the Holidays

  1. Sean 08/01/2014 at 7:35 pm

    Organic meats are also part of a healthy diet. The only organic meat of any kind Acme carries, (at very few stores) is the Empire Organic Chicken/turkey. “All natural” can be anything these days. Even Target has a selection of Organic meats, so why can’t Acme?
    Or at least bring back the Wild Harvest chicken, and drop that Perdue Harvestland stuff. Thanks!

  2. review venus factor 03/03/2014 at 11:13 am

    However, due to reasons that may involve health restrictions, lifestyle habits
    or diet purposes, some people would find that the diet alone cannot
    provide all their daily vitamin needs. The trouble starts when people begin to compromise good
    health in favor of rich tastes. Remember, natural doesn’t
    mean anything if it isn’t healthy.

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