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Swapping clothes shows how hard it is for the fat person to fit into the thin persons, while the thin person is showing how much extra weight that obese person is actually carrying.Back to back, the skinny and obese lady are so obviously different to look at.
Lady, lovely proportions, not overweight, not underweight, eating a healthy apple.

Is the Atkins Diet For You?

What is the Atkins diet?

The Atkins Diet is the grand daddy of the quick weight loss diets.  It’s based on severely limiting carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates, or carbs as they are abbreviated to, are processed by the body to become sugar or glucose.  Glucose is used by the body for energy. 

If the carbs consumed for the day aren’t enough, the body transforms the fat it has stored back into glucose for energy.  Carbs also cause the blood sugar to spike which signals the body to produce insulin to remove the sugar from the bloodstream.  This causes the blood sugar to drop which results in a craving for more carbs to raise it back up. That’s the basis of the Atkin’s Diet.  Severely limit carbohydrates in the daily diet and the body has to fall back on its fat storage for energy.

The first two weeks of the Atkins diet

The initial two week kick start program only allows 20 grams of carbs per day. The carbs from fiber are netted – subtracted from the total carb count.  So for example, while ¼ cup of blueberries has a total carb count of 5.1 grams, only 4.1 grams are counted because 1 gram is from fiber.

Protein such as fish, chicken, beef, and pork contains 0 grams.  The diet allows cheese and eggs.  Seafood is tricky, some, like shrimp, have 0 grams  and others like oysters, pack a walloping 12.5 grams per 6 oz.  You can have limited amounts of green vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli, asparagus, and cabbage.  Fruit is not allowed.  To give you examples of carb counts, an apple has a net 16 grams of carbs, a slice of wheat bread has 12 carbs.   Alcohol in any form is not allowed during the kickoff stage.  An exercise period of 30 minutes per day is mandatory.

Atkins diet for the third and latter weeks

After the initial two weeks, carbs are gradually and slowly added back to the diet, fruits and vegetables first.  Some vegetables like sweet potatoes (19) and corn (14 per 1/3 cup) contain too many carbs to ever become a regular part of the diet.  The maximum level of carbs at this stage should be between 30 to 35. The objective is to continue losing weight but at a lesser rate than the initial two week period.  If the weight loss stops the number of carbs being consumed has to decrease again.

The Atkens Diet for Maintenance

The maintenance Atkins diet is at a level of carbs where you’ve stopped losing weight and don’t gain weight.  It maxes out at about 40 grams of carbs per day.  A turkey sandwich with mayo and sliced tomatoes is about 30 grams of carbs.  A medium pear has 21 and one cup of 2% milk has 11.

Sugar, processed foods, flour and starches, such as potatoes and rice are pretty much off limits forever on the Atkins Diet. Most fruits have to be eaten in moderation if at all and certain vegetables as well.

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