How the Atkins Diet Works

How the Atkins Diet Works
Dr. Atkins has been at the center of the recent controversy over
how to cure America?s obesity problem. America?s desire for a quick fix
has caused the introduction of fad diets that claim to work quickly. The
Atkins Diet has been deemed one of these fads because of its radical
ideas and its straying from the norm of low fat diets. Dr Atkins
encourages consumption of foods high in protein and fat while minimizing
intake of foods that are high in simple carbohydrates including sugars
and breads. But how can this diet be effective at losing body fat if the
subject consumes foods that are high in fat? The Atkins diet reduces
body fat quicker than normal low fat diets by reducing the amount of food
that is consumed and by causing the body?s natural biological functions
to burn the body fat that has already accumulated.
One reason that the Atkins diet reduces body fat is due to the
decreased intake of calories. This reduction in caloric intake is not
due to calorie counting but to a reduction in food consumption. The
first explanation for this decrease in consumption is that the strictness
of the diet severely reduces, if not halts, the occurrence
of ?snacking?. These in between meal snacks often consist of simple
carbohydrates that are prepared for your easy consumption. Since Dr.
Atkins forbids the consumption of simple carbohydrates, he prevents
snacking and therefore reduces the amount of calories that enter your
mouth. Furthermore, the monotony in the method of the Atkins diet could
be a cause of the loss of appetite that is experienced by dieters. Again
the strictness of the diet only allows the dieters to eat a small
category of foods. This causes the subjects to eat the same meals
consistently and understandably become bored with the acceptable foods.
Soon this will cause the dieter to opt not to eat rather than eat the
same meal again. In addition, the foods that are acceptable according to
Dr. Atkins, cause a stronger satiating effect than the simple
carbohydrates that are restricted from the diet. In other words, foods
that are high in protein and fat make the body think that it is satisfied
quicker than foods that are high in carbohydrates. Since the high
protein foods cause the body to be satisfied quicker than the restricted
foods the dieter will stop eating sooner than a non-dieter, which in turn
will reduce the amount of calories that are consumed.

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