The Adkins Diet

Thesis: The Adkins diet which was once used for heart patients is now the most widely spread diet throughout the world and it is successful if done correctly.


The Adkins Diet was presented around 1972 by Dr. Robert Atkins. He wrote many books warning of the dangers of sugar and carbohydrates, and he stressed the importance of a proper diet. A proper diet would help prevent and fight heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. For more than thirty years, Dr. Robert Atkins has advertised his diet formula for changing metabolism. Today it has become one of the most popular weight loss diets and is successful if done correctly.

The Atkins diet is a four phase diet plan. It is designed to be used in conjunction with vitamins, mineral supplements, and regular exercise. It is an individualized eating plan that allows you to knowledgeably select specific foods to eat to achieve your weight loss goal. It works by not limiting food intake, so you can eat as much food as you need to. It focuses on the intake of nutrient and vitamin fortified unprocessed foods, while restricting the intake of processed or refined carbohydrates and sugars. It literally transforms your body into a fat-burning machine.

The first phase of the Atkins Diet is the Induction Phase. This phase is the most restrictive phase. It helps to jump-start weight loss by severely limiting the carbohydrate intake to twenty grams of carbohydrates per day. During the Induction Phase the dieter must refrain not only from carbohydrates, but caffeine as well. Caffeine has been said to cause low blood sugar, which in turn makes you crave sugar. Also, the dieter must refrain from aspartame, a sugar substitute, and replace it with sucralose or saccharin. The dieter must drink at least eight ounces of water each day to hydrate your body, avoid constipation, and flush away by-products of burning fat. The dieter must take a good daily multivitamin with minerals to include: potassium, magnesium, and calcium, but without iron. The dieter must eat three regular-size meals each day, or four to five smaller meals. He/she must not skip meals or go more than six waking hours without eating. This phase can last for a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of one year. This phase is followed until the dieter has lost half of the weight he/she needs to lose.

The second phase of the Atkins Diet is the Ongoing Weight Loss Stage. During this phase the dieter must increase daily carbohydrate consumption by five grams each week. The dieter must repeat this until the weight loss stops, then subtract five grams of carbohydrate from their daily intake so that moderate weight loss is sustained. Carbohydrates must be consumed in the form of nutrient-dense and fiber rich foods. Try low-sugar fruits in small quantities and baked goods that haven’t been used in the Induction Phase. Do not eat any foods if the dieter is unsure of its carbohydrate count. Never eat a meal composed only of carbohydrates, and always have fruit with protein and/or natural fats to alleviate the impact on your system, even if it dies not slow down weight loss. Slowly add new foods, one at a time, eating each only three times a week until the dieter is sure it isn’t interfering with his/her. Then eat it daily, if so desired. Include a variety of meals such as chicken, beef, turkey and ham. Eat coldwater fish and shellfish such as crab, lobster, oysters, and shrimp. When the dieter has only five or six pounds of weight loss to go, he/she can move onto the next phase.

The third phase of the Atkins Diet is the Pre-maintenance Phase. At this point, the dieter has reached his/her weight loss goal and his/her weight loss strategy must be altered. The focus now is retaining ideal weight and creating an optimal lifetime eating program. This phase further slows weight loss down and teaches the dieter more about life long eating habits, while helping him/her to lose the last few pounds. The Pre-Maintenance Phase puts the dieter in charge of what he/she eats. The dieter learns skills that allow them to take charge of their life. Increase the daily carbohydrate count by ten grams each week, as long