Weight Loss: The Atkins Diet Plan

robert atkins photo and the quote the more severe your withdrawal symptoms the more you have to gain by abandoning them
Considering trying a low carbohydrate diet plan?

After realizing that processed refined carbohydrates are the foremost to cause of being overweight Dr. Robert Atkins developed a diet plan that helps you to lose weight.

Sugar, flour, and high fructose corn syrup are restricted in the Atkins diet plan to control your body’s way of metabolizing foods.

The Atkins diet plan is mainly based on the fact that, instead of burning glucose, it allows your body to burn fat.

Atkins diet plan is the idea that consuming high levels of protein and low levels of carbohydrates is the key to weight loss and consists of four phases.


  • Induction phase 
  • Ongoing weight loss phase 
  • Pre-maintenance phase 
  • Lifetime maintenance phase 


The Atkins diet Induction phase:


During the first phase of Atkins diet plan you are allowed to take only 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. You will need to avoid caffeine and alcohol entirely. The objective is to get your body in to the state of ketosis in which your body uses fats as fuel instead of glucose. You will lose the most weight during this phase of the diet plan.

Ongoing weight loss phase:


The objective of this phase is to slowly introduce carbohydrates back into your diet, but you are not allowed to consume a greater amount. You can increase the intake of carbohydrates up to 5 grams.

During this step of the Atkins diet you will determine your ideal carbohydrate intake to continue to your weight loss. You will continue to follow this phase until you are within ten pounds of your goal.

Pre-maintenance phase:


In this phase you are allowed to eat 10 grams of carbohydrates in your diet per week schedule. The main goal of this Atkins diet plan is also to find the critical carbohydrate level in order to keep your weight where you want it.

In this phase of Atkins diet plan
, you will lose weight slowly and you will be able to test certain foods to observe if you can safely add them to your diet without weight gain. Once you achieve your goal weight, you will enter into the maintenance phase of Atkins diet plan.

Life maintenance phase:


In this phase you start to add some more good complex carbohydrates into your diet. This phase helps you continue to follow the eating habits that you picked up during this diet. Once you get into this phase and start to gain weight then you need to go back to an earlier stage and start again from there.

While following the Atkins diet plan:


Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Revised Edition

  • You will lose weight if you follow the Atkins diet plan. 
  • You will not feel hungry because your body produces ketones, which act as an appetite suppressant. 
  • Atkins diet plan has some possible but temporary side effects. Sometimes you may feel tired, constipated, experience bad breath and lack of energy
Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas



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