Highfields' Own - - Nutrition -

THE Atkins Diet has been around since 1972 and even after all the trends in the years since, it is still a vi­able op­tion for many peo­ple.

The crux of the diet is keep­ing your food in­take low in carbs, so if you en­joy bread, pasta, rice and hot chips, chances are this diet won’t be for you.

The Atkins diet is a low-car­bo­hy­drate diet, rec­om­mended for weight loss by eat­ing less carbs and as much pro­tein and fats as you like.

In the last decade, many stud­ies have shown that di­ets that fo­cus on low carbs can be ef­fec­tive for los­ing weight and can im­prove your health over­all.

Con­ceived by Dr Robert C. Atkins, he wrote a book about his diet in 1972 and it has re­mained pop­u­lar since.

The Atkins Diet works on four phases: in­duc­tion, bal­anc­ing, fine tun­ing and main­te­nance. Phase 1: Un­der 20g of carbs a day for two weeks. Eat high-fat, high-pro­tein foods and leafy greens. Phase 2: Add nuts, low-carb veg­eta­bles and a lit­tle fruit. Phase 3: When you are close to your goal weight, add more carbs un­til the weight loss slows down. Phase 4: Eat as many healthy carbs as your body can tol­er­ate with­out re­gain­ing weight. The first two weeks of the diet are the hard­est. After the in­duc­tion is over, you’re not lim­ited to eat­ing a hand­ful of foods. For ex­am­ple, you can eat ba­con, cream, cheese and dark chocolate, be­cause of the high fat con­tent.

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