THE NEW ATKINS DIET
To anyone aboard the weight loss train, losing 15lb in two weeks is a dream. The new Atkins diet promises to make this dream as real as you’ll let it. This diet focuses on eliminating carbs to ensure that your body starts burning fat for fuel. It consists of about four phases.
Contrary to what most believe all four phases are major contributors to weight loss. It is inarguable that the first phase is more drastic contributing to a whooping loss of 15lb in two weeks. The following phases equally see to continual and gradual weight loss as well as keeping the lost weight off for good. There’ll still be at least a 2-3lb weight loss in the other phases.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ATKINS DIET AND THE NEW ATKINS DIET?
If you were already familiar with the Atkins diet, you’re probably wondering what the difference is and why it’s called the new Atkins diet now. Due to various controversies that arose as a result of the Atkins diet, there was a need to clarify all doubts hence, the new Atkins diet which is a reformulated version of the original diet.
Some of the changes include:
Portion control; this new diet has more emphasis on portion control where every meal is restricted to a specified portion.
- Flexibility: it embraces people from all walks of life and especially makes it do-able for people with very busy lifestyles.
- Counting calories: the new Atkins diet recognizes the need for emphasis on calorie counting. This further helps in guiding participants to consume no more/no less than what they actually need based on their individual body needs.
- Healthy fats and wholesome foods: there is emphasis on the importance of healthy fats and wholesome foods.
THE FOUR STAGES OF THE NEW ATKINS DIET
Stage one: Induction stage
This stage records loads of weight loss achievement. In fact, weight loss is more prominent hatiduring this stage. It is also known to be the most difficult stage of the new Atkins diet. during this stage (which should last for at least 2 weeks), carb intake is limited to about 20 to 25 grams a day as opposed to the 230 grams recommended by healthy eating guidelines. The theory behind this is that; as the body consumes less carbs and sugar, it begins to burn fat for fuel leading to weight loss.
it is true that the new Atkins diet encourages exercise and more physical activity. You are advised to refrain from exercises during this first stage because the body’s energy might be low at this time. If you must exercise then it shouldn’t be strenuous and you should gently ease your body into the routine.
Stage two: Ongoing weight loss stage
Ever heard of the Critical Carbohydrate Level for Weight Loss? It refers to the amount of carbs your body needs to be able to lose about 1 to 3lb per week. This second stage of the new Atkins diet allows for a 5g carb increase daily for a week until you discover your Critical Carbohydrate Level for Weight Loss. This stage’s duration is totally relative and only allows for a few low carb foods (nothing as drastic as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc).
Stage three: Pre-maintenance stage
At this stage you must have shed almost all the targeted weight and are left with only about 5-10lb to go. At this point your carb intake is increases by 10g a day per week. This regulates your weight loss slowing it to about 1lb a week. Controlled sizes of carb foods can be added to your plan as long as they don’t exceed your targeted carb intake for the day.
Stage four: Maintenance stage
This is the last stop. The duration for this stage is a lifetime that’s why it is also known as the lifetime maintenance. The purpose of this stage is to keep you at a healthy weight and ensure that all the weight you lost doesn’t find its way back to your body. What this entails is a lifelong low-carb diet.
THE FLIP SIDE
The new Atkins diet just like the original Atkins diet is not without its flip side. There are only very few changes that are in fact so subtle they hardly influence the downsides of this diet. Here are the ‘not so new’ flip sides of the new Atkins diet
- This diet is high in fat and might pose problems to cardiovascular health
- It is very low in fiber and calcium especially during the induction stage
- The side effects that may arise during the induction stage are not to be ignored either. These side effects may include; nausea, fatigue, bad breath, dizziness, and such.
- The recommendation to add salt is an issue of great concern and has given rise to controversy.
The new Atkins diet does not seek to replace the original diet but rather to bring clarity and allow room for more flexibility on the carb intake.