Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

By Robert C. Atkins

Dr. Robert C. Atkins has given his popular diet plan a makeover, complete with new recipes, updated scientific information, and a more integrative approach to weight loss and total health. With the medical community beginning to recognize the validity of the Atkins approach,which maintains that excessive carbohydrates, not fat, are the real culprits in weight gain,there has never been a better time to check out the diet revolution pioneered by Dr. Robert C. Atkins whose other bestsellers include Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter and Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Cookbook.
Designed to catapult your body into a state of fat meltdown, Dr. Atkins's diet has taken America by storm. It targets insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. The bodies of most overeaters are continually in a state of hyperinsulinism; their bodies are so adept at releasing insulin to help convert excess carbohydrates to fat that there's always too much of the hormone circulating through the body. This puts the body into a bind; it always wants to store fat. Even when people with hyperinsulinism try to lose weight,especially when they cut fat but increase carbohydrate consumption,their efforts will fail. That is why Dr. Atkins refers to insulin as "the fat-producing hormone."
Dr. Atkins's diet is extremely low in carbohydrates, which helps to regulate insulin production and decrease circulating insulin; less insulin soon results in less fat storage and fewer food cravings. The diet is far from torturous.Those who've tried it attest that hunger is not a part of this plan. Ninety percent of Dr. Atkins's patients,more than 25,000 of them,have experienced dramatic weight loss. The book includes recipes for such luscious, low-carb dishes as lobster soup, zabaglione, sea bass, and blueberry ice cream, and even includes a carbohydrate gram counter and menus.
The first several chapters of the book explain the relationship between Carbohydrates and fat (weight) gain. It also discusses the blood sugar and carbohydrate connection. The book then goes on to explain what will happen to your body as you follow the plan. About how your body will go into something called "ketosis".To quote from the book : "ketosis" is: "a metabolic advantage. Briefly, the body naturally turns to fat for fuel when carbohydrate isn't available. When a lot of fat is burned, some of the fat fragments - ketones - get excreted to preserve the body's acid-base balance (because ketones are acid), and this called "ketosis." The book explains exactly how long it will take for your body to go into ketosis, and what you will be experiencing as your body starts to begin to experience ketosis. It also explains how to stay in ketosis, and what to do if you temporarily take yourself out of it. .
Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution also recommends several supplements that you should take along with the diet.The book goes into more detail about the connection between carbohydrates, ketosis, blood sugar, and the health benefits of the low carbohydrate diet, and how it can improve your health over all and help you to keep control over several different diseases including diabetes; it also goes in to some detail about the carbohydrate/insulin connection.
Dr. Robert C. Atkins contends that weight gain has little to do with fat intake; and, he will demonstrate "how much fat you can burn off, while eating liberally, even luxuriously.He encourages dieters to revel in traditional sources of protein like red meat, and to eat eggs and bacon for breakfast. Rapid weight loss, he promises, will be achieved through his 14-day "induction" diet, in which almost all carbohydrates are virtually banned from the table, forcing the body to go into a fat-burning metabolic state called ketosis. Dr.Atkins still urges broad-based vitamin supplements to take up any nutritional slack. So what's changed in 20 years? Atkins says he now is more interested in "complete wellness" than in dropping pounds quickly; he stresses that the "induction" is not to be considered a lifetime regimen unless, of course, the dieter has particularly stubborn "metabolic resistance." Readers of his last book may notice some defensiveness,two decades of criticism clearly have taken their toll. Nonetheless, there is enough of the old Atkins to make this the most arrogant diet book to appear in a long while. " I hope to amaze you ," he writes, " as I amazed millions of dieters in the past ."
He repeats his controversial, questionably valid premise that the elimination of carbohydrates from the diet will result in weight loss, good health, and euphoria. Contrary to current thinking, Dr. Robert C. Atkins promotes a diet of protein and fat in four stages: induction, ongoing weight loss, premaintenance, and maintenance. Case histories document his achievementsIn this book there are updated meals that are shown how to prepare. and is broken down into many pages of vital information on how to stay on the diet.

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