The “Calorie Restriction Diet Plan” has been getting a lot of publicity lately, so is this the latest greatest diet invented or just another of the hundreds of fad diets that come out every year. If you want to lose weight, why not just stick with the traditional ones such as the Atkins Diet Plan. The Atkins diet is based just on one simple principle: And that is your body burns both fat and carbohydrates when it comes to calories. If you reduce the amount of carbohydrates that’s available, it will then burn more fat and you’ll lose weight.
According to the Atkins principle, calories are unimportant. The key to you losing weight is to stop or restrict the carbohydrates that you eat daily and that will force your body to turn to its fat stored in your body as an energy source. Need proof?, well those who use the Atkins Diet plan point to the following facts which are derived from scientific research:
* When the body doesn’t have enough stored carbohydrates, it will as a result use ketenes, which is derived from fat as energy.
* You can actually eat more food and then lose more weight when on a low carbohydrate diet than you can on any other low fat diet.
* You will naturally crave less food, when you consume fewer carbohydrates.
* When eating fewer carbohydrates, you will tend to eat a lot fewer calories without counting them.
* The greater the difference between carbohydrates and fat, the greater the weight loss.
So the end result is that if you restrict the intake of carbohydrates, you’ll most likely restrict the intake of calories. When you lower your carbohydrate intake, you will then encourage your body to turn the stored fat into energy.
The Atkins Diet plan has also had its controversies since it was first introduced. The basic recommendation is to eat a low-carbohydrate, high protein diets, contradicted all of the dietary recommendations as recommended by established medical institutions. The diet was thus denounced as unsafe, particularly if used as a long term weight maintenance plan. Over the past decade, there has been several studies that support both sides of this issue, and forced Atkins last edition to state that calorie intake does matter, along with the advice to ‘Eat enough to satisfy your hunger’.
Here Is A Typical Meal Plan When On the Atkins Diet:
Portobello & Ricotta Crostini
Chicken Milanese with Spring Salad
Lemon Vinaigrette salad dressing
Warm Lentils & Celery
Raspberry Cheesecake in a Cup
Sounds good to me.
The food plan as recommended by the Atkins diet contains low portions of carbohydrates, where the majority of carbohydrates are derived from vegetables that are high in fiber and low in carbs, and unrestricted amounts of proteins, including high in fat proteins such as beef, pork and cheese.
Research on those who have used the Atkins Diet for weight loss shows a dramatic initial weight loss that will eventually level off.
The Atkins Diet has four phases which causes this:
1. The Induction Phase, restricts carbohydrates intake severely.
2. The Ongoing Weight Loss or the OWL Phase, where limited carbs are added and then tailored to the eating plan to suit your tastes
3. Pre-maintenance, where 10 pounds or less to the target goal, deliberately slows down weight loss to purposely begin adjusting the body to an after-weight-loss diet.
4. Lifetime Maintenance, a long-term weight loss eating plan that emphasizes low carbs and healthy, long-term eating
Who Should Be Using The Atkins Diet?
While the Atkins Diet plan appears to counter what is normally recommended by most medical institutions, many of the actual principles are the same. Unless you have a chronic medical condition such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, or coronary problems, you can use the Atkins Diet. Do pay attention however to the portions that are recommended in the plan, despite they saying you can eat as much as you want, and still lose weight.’