When we reduce carbohydrates, our bodies begin to burn fat for fuel. The main source of energy for our bodies is carbohydrates. Our body burns carbohydrates first for energy then fat.
The theory is that people on the Atkins diet experience reduced appetite and their bodies use stored fat for energy versus burning glucose from ingested carbohydrate. It has a lot of waste products, called ketone bodies, that are acidic in nature. The body must have a certain amount of glucose or ketone bodies around, since these are the only possible foods for the brain. These can feed the brain, but cause acidosis and ketosis of the blood; this causes nausea and reduces appetite. By reducing your carbohydrate intake to less than 40 grams a day, you will enter a bodily process called ketosis. Ketones suppress appetite, but they also cause fatigue, nausea, and a potentially dangerous fluid loss.
The food pyramid used by Dr Atkins is not approved by official bodies such as the American Heart Association, because of its high animal fat content. Of course, before starting any diet, you should consult your doctor. Proteins help replace and form new tissue, transport oxygen and nutrients in our blood and cells, regulate the balance of water and acids, and are needed to make antibodies.
The weight loss lasts for more than a day, and with continuous use, it definitely works on those problem areas for long-term results. The Atkins Diet, if followed ACCORDING TO THE GUIDELINES, is a very, very effective low-carb weight loss program and can also help control blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. A true low carb diet not only causes more weight loss, it vastly improves your cholesterol ratio and triglycerides.
The Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL) phase of Atkins consists of an increase in carbohydrate intake, but remaining at levels where weight loss occurs. Weight loss is all well and good, but what about people’s overall health?
Without exercise, part of a low-carb dieter’s weight loss may actually result from bone mass loss! As you bring more variety back, the percentage of protein and fat in your diet will naturally decrease from the levels seen in Induction and Ongoing Weight Loss.
As you reduce carbs, your body will be prompted to use fat for fuel, resulting in weight loss from this fat-burning metabolism. It does come at greater risk for coronary heart disease. A benefit of the Eco-Atkins approach is its potential for protecting the environment.
Diet composition does not affect the amount of weight loss, but the higher protein diet causes reductions in plasma glucose levels, insulin levels, and blood pressure. Consume veggies-YES, but only on a modified basis and watch the carb count. I highly recommend that all serious dieters reread the Atkins Diet book and contact Atkins for any questions.