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									The Atkins Diet

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Over the years, the Atkins plan has become synonymous with weight loss.
Fans of the program say that it has proven to be instrumental in helping
them to shed unwanted pounds. They talk of improved overall health and
greater energy as a result of the Atkins program. However, critics
maintain that Atkins could lead to heart damage, making it an unhealthy

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Supporters of Atkins say just about anyone can slim down using their
program. However, there are certain people that are most likely to
benefit from the Atkins plan. These include yo-yo dieters, who find
themselves losing weight, only to gain it back again; dieters who feel
constantly hungry; and those who eat for emotional reasons. Binge
eaters and constant snackers can also benefit from the Atkins program. In
addition, those who suffer from a food addiction are prime candidates for
Atkins. Atkins relies heavily on proteins and fats, along with
carbohydrates that are rich in nutrients. The idea is to strictly reduce
the amount of non-nutritious carbohydrates you consume. The theory
behind this is that, when carbs are restricted, you end up burning fat
rather than glucose. In addition, it has been shown that, all things
being equal, you will lose more fat with Atkins than with other types of
weight loss plans.

The Atkins plan is divided into four stages. During the initial stage,
your body moves from burning carbohydrates to burning fats. You should
also be able to kick the sugar habit during this stage. During the second
stage, your weight loss will accelerate, but you will also be able to eat
larger portions of vegetables. In the third stage, known as pre-
maintenance, you will continue to add more foods to the mix.   The final
stage involves lifetime maintenance. During this phase, you can continue
to fight food addictions, maintain your goal weight, and decrease the
chance that you will suffer from diabetes.

However, it can be difficult to stick with the Atkins plan. This is
because the temptation to eat carbohydrates and sweets is so great.
Friends and relatives can become diet saboteurs, preventing you from
achieving the results you’re looking for. In this case, the best defense
is a good offense. This means telling your significant others in advance
that you’re determined to complete the Atkins program. Inform them that
you don’t want to even be offered French fries and potato chips.
The Journal of the American Medical Association has suggested that the
Atkins plan can be dangerous for children. This is not surprising,
considering that young people are still growing and need all the
nutrients they can get, whether the vitamins and minerals are from
carbohydrates or other sources. Supporters of Atkins say that, while
children may not benefit from a restriction of vegetables and fruits,
they could consume fewer potatoes and breads and still remain healthy.

Some medical experts say that the Atkins approach is not appropriate for
people who already suffer from kidney or liver trouble. Also, because
Atkins reduces the amount of fruits and vegetables an individual
consumes, the diet can leave people at greater risk for such problems as
cancer and heart disease. As a result, you should probably check with
your family physician before resorting to the Atkins plan, or any other
low-carb, high-protein diet.

It is likely that the Atkins plan will remain controversial for the
foreseeable future. While it has been proven effective in helping people
lose weight, it may also place individuals at a higher risk for serious
diseases. A great deal of additional research needs to be conducted in
order to determine if Atkins is a miracle cure or a medical nightmare.
Once more studies are conducted, the long-term effects of Atkins on the
human body may be easier to determine. If you are generally in good
health and have a normal energy level, you might give Atkins a try. If,
however, you suffer from any serious diseases, or are experiencing
symptoms such as high blood pressure, you might consider an alternative
diet plan. In the end, you, in consultation with your doctor, will have
to determine the diet program that’s appropriate in your particular case.

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