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Why Is Atkins The Most Popular Of All Low Carb Diets?

Nov 30, 2007
With all low carbohydrate diets claiming success, it can be hard to start the correct low carbohydrate diet for you? Are all low carb diets alike? It can be overwhelming with all low carb diets, products and plans you see everywhere. Luckily, these diets have been analyzed extensively. We'll get into all low carb diets - what works and what doesn't.

First enjoy this delicious recipe that is ok for all low carb diets:

Yummy Fast Breakfast Recipe

Easy Mushroom-Zucchini Greek Omlette

2 eggs
2 Tbsp water
Dash of onion, cumin and/or garlic powders
1 tablespoon olive oil (or nonstick cooking spray)
1 cup diced, or chopped Zucchini squash
1/4 cup sliced white mushrooms
1/4 cup shredded cheese
Green Olives for garnish

Add oil to small skillet, (or spray with nonstick cooking spray) and heat over medium heat.

Saute zucchini and mushrooms for 7 minutes, or until tender. Lightly whip by hand eggs and water, add dash of onion, cumin and/or garlic powders. Pour egg/water mix into skillet.

When top is firm, sprinkle cheese onto half the omlette. Fold over other half. Serve each portion with Green Olives and sliced tomatoes.

Yields 4 servings
Total Net carbs: 3 grams per serving

Ok, Here are is the first review of the most well known of all the low carb diets: The Dr. Atkins Diet

Of all low carb diets, Atkins is probably one of the most popular there is. Most reviewers offer several reasons why Atkins is so attractive. The Atkins Diet can bring fast results. Atkins dieters notice a weight loss of eight to fourteen pounds within the early induction phase of the diet.

Also, most dieters like following the Atkins approach. Watching carb levels is all that's required , and the foods you are allowed to eat with Atkins, like hamburgers, steaks, and rich foods are enjoyable to many people.

Negative comments, though, may include the fact that the body may respond poorly in the early days. You may feel overtired, stressed. Some may even have a headache.

Studies are still being evaluated, but many suggest that this diet lowers blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and saturated fat levels, helping heart health.

Dr. Atkins believed that nearly all obesity is caused by overactive insulin production and not by overeating. He believed that overeating could be caused by carbohydrate addiction and that most overweight people actually ate less than their slim counterparts.

However, they crave and eat carbohydrate, which raises their insulin levels and suppresses fat burning. He also recommends the use of dietary supplements to help balance nutrition and the bodies systems.

The Atkins Diet has four stages: the Induction diet, the Ongoing Weight Loss diet, the Pre-Maintenance diet, and finally the Lifetime Maintenance diet. The Induction diet is very strict as far as carb elimination (20 grams or less per day), but generous in the allowance of fat and protein. Low starch vegetables are the recommended source of carbs.

This phase of the diet lasts 14 days and is followed by the Ongoing Weight Loss diet (OWL). The OWL phase allows for the reintroduction of certain good carbs but the levels are kept below 40 grams a day. Dieters stay on OWL until they reach their ideal weight.

Once the ideal weight is reached dieters transition into the Pre-Maintenance diet, where they experiment with reintroducing certain good carbs until they discover the total carb grams they can consume in a
day and still not gain weight.

Here is a tip for success with all low carb dieting:

Start your diet with a daily food diary, record everything you eat, what you were doing at the
time, and how you felt. That tells you about your temptations, the emotional states that cause you to snack and may help you lose once you see how much you eat. It is good to keep detailed records, in order to guarantee your success.

Often people go off low-carb diets, even those that help you lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks, because they lack good recipes. It's too boring. Get good recipes!
About the Author
Get a FREE Delicious Easy KosherLow Carb RecipeBook.Lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks And Get A Free Gift Now at All Low Carb Diets. Aliza Adar Levine RNMH,a nurse and medical writer runs a Low Carb Recipe Blog.
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