Atkins Diet | Phases, Foods, Benefits, Risks and More

Nowadays, there are plenty of different types of diets and food regimens out there to choose from in order to lose weight more easily. Obesity is a serious health issue the world has been suffering from greatly in the past couple of decades with its associated devastating comorbidities and impact on the quality of life.

Not all of diets are healthy plans, some of them are (fad diets), those diets that claim you can notice a dramatic weight loss in a short term with little to no effort, that usually appeals to the uneducated consumers that go with the flow from intermittent fasting and plant-based diets to keto and Atkins diets. All of them consist of different types of food to eat and ones to avoid with the same goal being rapid weight loss. Alone, they might not be enough but accompanied with exercise and a healthy lifestyle is the only way that these diets will work, and consistency is key to losing weight. If one diet doesn’t work for you, you can always try another that suits your body type, distribution of fat and weight goal.

History of the Atkins diet

The Atkins diet is a well-known old diet that has been around for more than 50 years now it was first developed by the famous cardiologist Robert Atkins in the 70s and became popular in America in the early 2000s with the publishing of the book (Dr Atkins diet revolution) which is one of the top 50 bestselling books in history with over 12 million copies sold in North America alone.  It was even the cause of the decline in carbs consumption that led the companies to produce more products that are low in carbs under the name of (The Atkins Nutritional Approach).

The Atkins diet plan

This diet is a low carbohydrate (sugars and starches), high fat, and high protein diet. It encourages the consumption of cheese, meats, and butter in substantial amounts and restricts the use of carbs as pasta , bread , and rice, providing daily nutrition in the form of  68% of the daily calories from fat, 27% of the daily calories from protein, and 5% of the daily calories from carbs.

Resources for following the Atkins diet

There are plenty of meal plans available in the Atkins books and on their website to check out, the most popular one being (The Atkins 20). Since not everybody’s goal in weight loss is the same, you get to decide on the plan according to your body’s responses to the plan and to better suit your lifestyle and personal needs, and in special situations like whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or if you have any diseases that are affected by your diet like diabetes for instance.

There is also a ton of products out there to help you plan your meals easily and plenty of recipes online to choose from to inspire you daily.