You will have to almost give up carbs and be patient.

Robert Atkins is an Amer­i­can car­di­ol­o­gist who cre­at­ed a pop­u­lar nutri­tion sys­tem in the 1960s that helps you lose weight with min­i­mal stress on the body. The doc­tor began to prac­tice this diet not only out of sci­en­tif­ic inter­est, but also for per­son­al ben­e­fit — his weight at that time exceed­ed 115 kilo­grams.

Atkins diet concept for weight loss

Atkins used a new-for-the-era approach to treat­ing obe­si­ty, which con­sist­ed of lim­it­ing the con­sump­tion of car­bo­hy­drate foods (before this, it was believed that weight loss was only affect­ed by reduc­ing the caloric con­tent of the diet). Atkins test­ed the devel­oped nutri­tion sys­tem on him­self, and the results were impres­sive — he lost 28 kilo­grams.

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The essence of the diet is that you need to eat main­ly pro­tein and fat­ty foods, reduc­ing the con­sump­tion of car­bo­hy­drates to a min­i­mum. At the same time, prod­ucts that do not con­tain car­bo­hy­drates can be eat­en in any quan­ti­ty.

4 stages of the Atkins diet

  • Step One: Reduce Carbohydrate Intake

Grad­u­al­ly reduce your car­bo­hy­drate intake to a min­i­mum. Atkins rec­om­mend­ed eat­ing just 20 grams of car­bo­hy­drates per day. The goal of the stage is to force the body to switch to receiv­ing ener­gy from fats. The stage must last at least two weeks.

  • Stage two: active weight loss

Dur­ing this stage, eat 25 to 45 grams of car­bo­hy­drates per day. The goal is to grad­u­al­ly rein­tro­duce car­bo­hy­drates into the diet to avoid weight gain.

  • Stage three: maintain the result

Increase your car­bo­hy­drate intake each week, but keep an eye on your body weight. If the scale shows the same val­ue for a month, then you are ready to move on to the final stage.

  • Stage four: continue to live in the regime

Now you know how many macronu­tri­ents you need to con­sume to main­tain your weight. To main­tain the results, con­tin­ue to adhere to the estab­lished diet.

Nev­er­the­less, mod­ern dietet­ics and nutri­tion­al sci­ence clas­si­fy the Atkins diet as an unbal­anced diet. A num­ber of stud­ies have shown that not con­sum­ing enough car­bo­hy­drates and fiber can neg­a­tive­ly impact your health. If you decide to lose weight, then you should stick to a calo­rie deficit and eat a bal­anced diet, with­out elim­i­nat­ing any food groups or reduc­ing the intake of any nutri­ents to min­i­mal crit­i­cal val­ues.

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