Introduction to Atkins Diet

Dr. Atkins DietYou always thought that to lose weight and feel good you have to adopt a low-fat diet? If so, the principles and approach of the Dr.Atkin’s New Diet Revolution, Revised might just not sound right for you. Since Dr. Atkins published his book, new scientific researches show that a controlled carbohydrate nutritional approach is better for you-and for your body-than a lowfat, high-carbohydrate nutritional approach.

Many people think that only one thing matters: how many calories you take in and use up. It’s not that simple.When you follow a controlled carbohydrate approach, you get what Dr. Atkins calls a “metabolic advantage”. When you control carbohydrate consumption sufficiently, your body will switch from burning glucose derived from carbohydrate to burning primarily fat for energy. The metabolic advantage is that burning fat takes more energy so you expend more calories. And if you eat fewer calories-as many Atkins people do because their appetite is usually diminished-you’ll likely lose weight even faster. So it’s not that calories don’t count, it’s just that you will burn more of them, with less hunger, when your body is operating on a fat-based metabolism.

According to Dr. Atkins, there are 3 groups of patients that fit into the Atkins Diet profile. If your answer is “yes” to most of the questions in one category, then Atkins is the right diet for you.

Group A: “I Really Don’t Eat That Much!”

  • Are you overweight despite the fact that you don’t eat that much?
  • Do you follow standard weight loss diets to the letter, yet make no headway losing weight, or get stuck far short of your goal?
  • Have you noticed that many slim people definitely consume more food and more calories than you do?
  • Are you just plain unpleasantly hungry on low-calorie/ low-fat diets?
  • Do you find the amount of food you eat is really the least you can take in without feeling physically unsatisfied?
  • Do you feel unfulfilled when you finish a so-called “balanced” meal?
  • Do you find that when you eat the amount of food that feels just right, you don’t lose-or you even gain?
  • Do you find yourself losing and regaining the same 10 to 15 pounds?
  • Do you gain weight even though you eat natural, low fat foods?
  • Have you often said, “I’m really very disciplined; it must be my metabolism”?
  • Do you ever wonder if your weight problem could be hereditary?
  • Do you eat to make yourself feel better?

Group B: “I Always Crave Food !”

  • Do you have an inexplicable obsession with food?
  • Do you have a habit of eating late at night after dinner?
  • Do you have a tendency to binge?
  • Do you constantly crave sweets, pasta, bread and other high-carbohydrate foods?
  • Do you nibble all day long when food is available?
  • Do you have a strong desire to eat again within two hours of eating a filling meal?
  • Do you consider yourself a compulsive eater?
  • Have you ever said, “I only wish I could control my eating behavior”?
  • Do you wish you had more control over how much food you eat?
  • Do you have specific symptoms of ill health, such as the ones I’m about to list, that diminish or vanish as soon as you eat? Do you suffer from:irritability? inexplicable drops in your energy level throughout the day? often overwhelming bouts of fatigue, especially in the afternoon? mood swings? difficulty concentrating? sleep difficulties-whether the need for lots of sleep or a habit of waking from a sound sleep? anxiety, sadness and depression for which there’s no obvious explanation? dizziness, trembling or palpitations? brain fog and loss of mental acuity?

Group C: “I Can’t Live Without This One Food!”

  • Do you have a single food or beverage you feel you could not do without?
  • Would you pass up an elegant meal to have your most favorite food instead?
  • Is there a specific food or beverage that makes you feel better as soon as you consume it?
  • Do you ever think “I wonder if I could be addicted to that food/beverage”?

I can say about myself that I am definitely a group A pacient!

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  4. Tammi Dunn

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    I was wondering about keeping track on what you put in your mouth. Do you post to write down the carbs? Is there any way you can keep a diary or a journal on what you eat.

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