The Four Phases of the Atkins Diet

It is known that the Atkins’ Nutritional approach to dieting was named after its user and proposer Dr. Robert Atkins. The diet is composed of high protein, low carbohydrate and of high fat diet. This can be used to solve obesity or one’s overweight problem. In the food portion of the diet, there is no fluid, protein intakes and not even calorie restrictions. This diet do encourage the intakes of cheese, eggs, meat while it also discourage the eating of fruits, bread, pasta, and other sugary type of food. The diets type is a combination and is referred to as the ketogenic diet.

The maker of this diet, Dr. Atkins also proposed that there is a need for a minimal intake of carbohydrates. This actually makes our bodies to use stored carbohydrates-glycogen. This significantly reduces our accumulated carbohydrates that automatically lead to weight loss.

This diet is divided into four phases, and they are the following:

First Phase – This is known as the induction of Atkins phases that restricts any carbohydrate intake up to 20 grams for a period of 24 hours. The sources must be either salad or any form other than starch.

Second Phase – This is known as the continuous weight loss, that allows carbohydrate intakes in the form of fiber nutrients of up to 25 grams in a period of 24 hours for about 7 days. And an increase of 5 grams in the succeeding weeks until the weight loss stops.

Third Phase – This is the pre maintenance part. This is to reduce intakes by up to 5 grams per week in order for the individual to have a stable loss of weight.

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Fourth Phase – This is the final and last Phase of the diet. This is the continuous or lifetime maintenance of the said diet. This phase also aim to have full control over carbohydrate intake for the subsequent days.

Source by Irsan Komarga

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