Atkins Diet

Atkins Diet Summary

In keeping with its emphasis on helping dieters shed pounds fast, the Atkins program rated well for short-term weight loss but was judged by experts as less impressive over the long haul. On balance, it came out slightly ahead of the middle of the pack.

Diet Type:

Low-Carb

Atkins Resembles:

South Beach Diet, Eco-Atkins, Paleo Diet

The Goal of Atkins:

Weight loss.

The Claim of Atkins:

You’ll lose up to 15 pounds within two weeks, and eat lots of fatty foods.

The Theory of Atkins:

The body is an engine; carbs are the gas that makes it go. Limiting carbs makes the body turn to an alternative fuel—stored fat. So sugars and “simple starches” like potatoes, white bread, and rice are all but squeezed out; protein and fat like chicken, meat, and eggs are embraced. Fat is burned; pounds come off.

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