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High Protein, Low Carbohydrate Diets (Atkins diet)

One of the most popular weight-loss methods is the low-carbohydrate diet. Since this method only requires the reduction of carbohydrates in the diet and still allows the dieter to partake in full meals, it will not leave you starving. The most popular low-carbohydrate diet is the one developed by Dr. Robert Atkins. The Atkins Diet or Atkins, developed in the 1960s is still acknowledged as an effective slimming program today.

The Atkins has four phases. The first phase or the induction phase will require the dieter to closely monitor his carbohydrates intake as only a maximum of 20 grams of carbohydrates per day is allowed. Any alcoholic beverages or drinks containing caffeine are also prohibited. Although the dieter is allowed to take most meats and other foods during this time, he will experience the highest weight-loss during this period.

After two weeks, the dieter may move to the Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL) phase where an additional 5 grams may be added to the daily carbohydrates target every week. It is recommended that the dieter stick to this phase until he reaches within 10 pounds of his ideal weight. Dr. Atkins has created a ladder that the dieter may follow regarding the right kind of foods to include in the diet during this phase.

The Pre-maintenance phase allows the dieter to add 10 net grams to his daily intake target per week until he finds the ideal carbohydrates intake that will allow him to lose less than one pound per week or to keep a stable energy level without weight-gain.

The Maintenance phase is intended for keeping the carbohydrates intake to the optimum level for energy-efficiency and preventing weight gain. The first three phases should have embedded good eating habits to the dieter. Healthier food choices are emphasized in this phase.

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