Is The Atkins Diet All It’s Hyped Up To Be?

Dr. Atkins found out that restricting carbs works better as a weight loss method rather than restricting calories after researching many studies on nutrition. With the studies he applied, he was able to revolutionize the world of diets forever. Dr. Atkins diet inspired then many diets to follow the same pattern of restricting carbs instead of calories, allowing dieters to eat freely under only one condition, to limit their carbs under 20 or 40gm per day for the diet to work. Imagine your body as a machine, the Atkins diet transforms that machine from burning glucose and storing fats, to a fat burning machine. Low-carb diets work not by only burning fat for energy, but for their hunger-suppressing features. All this information is well-known, what we don’t know if it deserves all this.

Atkins Diet Changed The Diet Game Forever

If the Atkins diet doesn’t work, it wouldn’t have inspired many diets to adopt its concept of limiting carbs instead of calories. Many diets and versions, then popped up; from the typical low-carb diet plan, the ketogenic diet, the zero-carb diet, Low-Carb Paleo Diet, and many more. If you are unsure about the differences in the nutrition plans or the results, this article will clarify the difference between two of the most famous diets in the low-carb diet world. Many people underestimate the role of nutrition in their plans, by only factoring the calorie count per day. This may be a common mistake, but improving your metabolism to burn more calories will help you more than fasting all day and night. You should start dieting with the intention to have a healthy body, rather than just losing weight, or you think you might face the danger of getting an eating disorder.

Atkins 20 VS Atkins 40

In general, low carb diets work by switching the body’s energy source of glucose to fats, which then leads to the massive weight-loss results the diet promises. Low-calories diets might be great in maintaining weight loss and keeping off the fats you lost, however, if you limit your carb intake while digesting a high amount of calories, you will still lose weight while feeling energized and full.

Bodies differ in responding to diet and nutrition plans; what works for you might not work for someone else. Some people have more discipline when it comes to sticking to the diet, and some wouldn’t follow the diet for more than three days. That’s why many versions of the diet were created to satisfy the different needs of different people.

Atkins 20 starts with limiting your carb intake to only 20gm a day for the first phase (the induction phase) and upping that amount to finally reach from 80 to 100 gm per day throughout the last phase of the diet (phase 4).  Atkins 40, on the other hand, starts the induction phase with 40gm of carbs per day to be increased slowly as you reach your weight-loss goals.

You can find many success stories and pictures all over the internet of people who followed the diet, sometimes even for just a week. There are some mistakes to be avoided if you want to ensure your success in reaching your ideal weight. While the diet offers freedom when it comes to your fat intake, make sure you are distributing your daily amount of carbs correctly between meals and food options. Veggies should be spared at least 12 grams of your carb intake per day to ensure that you are digesting enough fibers to avoid any digestion problems. And remember to not fall for the same mistake of many people who count their carb intake instead of their net carb intake.

Written by Valentin Bosioc

Valentin Bosioc - wellness specialist, certified personal trainer, certified fitness instructor, celebrity trainer, Musclemania Champion, Ninja Warrior Semifinalist, world wide motivator!

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