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I am forever a critic of diets as I feel that a lot of these are just fads and are not healthy to maintain for any length of time. I took this new diet on board after doing my homework and reading many articles both good and bad and decided that I would put this to the test. At first this is quite a strange diet and difficult to fit around a busy working schedule as everyone's staple food of cereal and sandwiches if a total no no! You start the first couple of weeks very strictly basically barring all but a small quota of carbohydrates from your diet. What I have to say is that if you stick to this strictly you really do not feel at all hungry at any time if anything it slightly puts you off. After the first two weeks you can start introducing some carbs back in but very slowly. I have to say I lost over a stone within 4 weeks and up to yet (6 months down the line) I have kept this off. One thing that I had problems with was introducing the carbs back into my diet and still to this day cannot stomach either bread or pasta as it bloats my stomach and I feel uncomfortable. It really does make you re-assess your whole diet and why you are eating what you are eating. Long term you can keep an eye on the carbs in your diet as you become quite an expert on this and it really does open your eyes to additives/man made aspects of your food. Well worth a try!!
Designed to catapult your body into a state of fat meltdown, Dr Atkins' New Diet ... more
Revolution (and the accompanying Dr Atkins' Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook 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. This is why Dr Atkins refers to insulin as "the fat-producing hormone". Dr Atkins' 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, though--those who've tried it attest that hunger is not a part of this plan. Ninety per cent of Dr Atkins' patients--more than 25,000 of them--have experienced dramatic weight loss. --Karim Nanji, Amazon.com