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Atkins Diet

Atkins Diet

“If you love meat, you’ll enjoy the diet, as long as you can stay interested in it.”

By Myatt Murphy

Eat meat, lose weight? That's the basic principle behind the Atkins Diet. On it, you won't be counting calories: Instead, the focus is on consuming fewer grams of carbohydrates. By restricting carbs, the body not only ends up with fewer leftover calories after each meal (calories which are typically converted into stored body fat), but it also has no choice but to burn additional stored body fat for energy.

During the 14-day induction phase, Atkins followers are instructed to eat either three large meals or four to five smaller meals throughout the day. Although the plan calls for plenty of protein and fats, it only allows for 20 grams of carbohydrates each day (15 grams must come from low-carb vegetables). The second Ongoing Weight Loss or OWL phase allows an added five grams of carbs every week as long as you keep losing 1 to 3 pounds a week. This phase continues until you're within 5 to 10 pounds of your ideal weight. The third Pre-Maintenance phase lets you add ten grams of carbs each week until you're losing about a pound a week. This phase continues until you reach your target weight. The fourth Lifetime Maintenance phase instructs dieters to continue eating the final amount of carbohydrates they reached in phase three. If they find themselves five pounds above their target weight, dieters are told to return to the induction phase.

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