The Atkins “carb-cutting” craze has produced controversy since its debut in the 1970s. Yet the popular diet plan is not only still around, but it was also recently revised. The latest version, The New Atkins for a New You, is a more flexible approach to “carb cutting,” according to an article on WebMD.
Under the old plan, dieters could eat as much high-protein food such as red meat and cheese as they wanted, but most carbohydrates were banned. The latest 12-week program is split into four stages. Within each stage the amount of carbs one is allowed to consume is increased. The basic principle, however, remains the same: to train your body to burn more fat by cutting back on sugars and other refined carbohydrates. Dieters count carbs, not calories.
According to the dailymail.co.uk, the rules advise dieters to get the fat intake right, exercise, eat until they are full and include protein in every meal. For the first two weeks, dieters eat only 20g of net carbohydrates (carbohydrates minus protein) made up of foods such as seeds and berries.
In the period called ‘ongoing weight loss’, this allowance rises to between 30g and 60g and includes carbs such as oatmeal, brown rice, wholegrain pasta and whole wheat bread. Those who want to eat more carbohydrates just balance the increased intake with exercise.
When thin enough, it’s time for the ‘life maintenance phase’, in which white bread, sandwiches and desserts can be introduced with about 120g of carbs a day.
While the old Atkins diet did include vegetables, the new version encourages even more greens. Dieters, though, are warned to stay away from the starchy ones, such as corn. In addition, dieters are now advised to subtract the amount of fiber, which doesn’t affect blood sugar levels, from the total number of carbs in a food. This focus on “net carbs” allows more vegetables to be eaten.
Take a look at a sample plan on your new Atkins diet revamped:
Half an avocado
Roast beef on 4 cups mixed salad
½ cup mung bean sprouts
5 black olives
2 tablespoons vinaigrette
10 green olives
1 slice cheddar cheese
Salmon with 2 tablespoons garlic mayonnaise
6 asparagus spears2 cups arugula
5 cherry tomatoes
½ cup sliced cucumbers
2 tablespoons Italian dressing
The new version of Atkins does not come unjustified. In fact, more than 50 research papers verify the safety of low-carbohydrate diets. However, it seems likely that the latest plan will come in for similar criticism to its predecessor. In 2005, an Oxford University study found the diet could damage the heart. And demand further dropped after founder Dr Robert Atkins died in a fall in 2003, at 72. A report showed he had heart disease and was clinically obese.
In the new version of the Atkins Diet, besides sticking to the diet in each of its phases, the new plan also recommends that you take a daily multivitamin and mineral with an omega-3 fatty acid supplement.
For more information on the new Atkins diet, please visit www.atkins.com.