The Atkins Diet Weight Loss Strategies

If you have ever struggled with a weight problem, then you have no doubt tried a number of weight loss strategies. When it comes to choosing a weight loss plan, there are too many to mention, such as fad diets, liquid diets, high protein-low carbohydrate diets, low fat diets, cleansing diets, cabbage soup diets, and green tea diets, in addition to an overwhelming selection of diet products like supplements, appetite suppressants, diet systems, diet clubs, etc.

In light of all these choices, a diet low in carbohydrates has proven to be the most popular and the most effective for losing and maintaining weight loss. The Atkins diet is a well-known low carb diet that many people have followed to successfully take off significant amounts of weight amidst a fair amount of controversy.

The low carbohydrate, high protein diet was adapted by Dr Robert Atkins from a medical journal he read in the 1960s. He first tried it out on himself and found he lost weight. He then gave the diet to thousands of his patients. The next step was to introduce it to the wide world, which he did in his book, Dr Atkins’ Diet Revolution in 1972. A revised edition followed with Dr Atkins’ New Diet Revolution. After the publication of the books, the Atkins Diet became a household term.

I bought the atkins diet book which not only outlines the diet but also has recipes. It is amazing how you can eat a lot of food on the atkins diet and still lose weight. The main challenge is getting some variety into your meals. When we first started the atkins diet the dinner meal was very easy to prepare. We would have some type of protein, fish, pork, chicken or beef and a large leafy salad with bleu cheese dressing.

This was not that different than what we ate before it was just minus the potato and bread. After a few weeks the lack of variety started to bore us. We were both losing weights, so that helped keep us motivated, but we were getting tired of the same meal each night. Then I discovered some of the recipes in the back of the Atkins diet book. Our favorite is mashed cauliflower. It is the same texture as mashed potatoes. The Atkins diet book also had a recipe for a salad that has all the same ingredients as potato salad, minus the potatoes. You substitute cooked cauliflower. I was skeptical at first, but it tastes wonderful.

Over the years we have added carbohydrates back into out diet. Initially we both gained some of the weight back, but now we have found the right balance for each of us. Long term with very low carbohydrates did not fit our life style, or taste buds, but the Atkins diet was an effective way for us to take off pounds.

There are countless success stories and weight loss claims by people who used the Atkins diet to lose massive amounts of weight, but it may not be right for everyone. Nothing can replace good health, nutrition, and fitness, which should be combined with any diet plan. There is a fair amount of controversy surrounding the Atkins Diet.

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