Atkins Diet Phase 1
Sometimes even seemingly inconsequential moments turn into huge opportunities and change the course of the life. Something similar happened, when Dr. Robert Atkins came across a research paper in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), titled “A New Concept in the Treatment of Obesity”. Himself an obese, Dr. Atkins followed this concept, which emphasized on low-starch food, and pulled down his weight successfully. Furthermore, he applied the same concept to 65 of his patients and reduced their obesity as well. This success led Dr. Atkins to conduct rigorous research to find an alternative diet, which we know today as Atkins Diet.
Categorized into four phases, Atkins Diet Phase 1 is the introductory phase, which induces people to this diet plan. Generally, when we start a new program or undertake some regime, the beginning is always easy. Surprisingly, Atkins Diet Phase 1 is the most restraining and most stringent phase of the program.
The Atkins diet’s official website identifies two clear-cut objectives of induction: To switch your body from burning carbohydrates to burning fats for energy, and to jump-start weight loss. Adhering to these objectives, this phase strictly restricts the intake of carbs. It is reduced to be exactly 20 net grams per day, and even the source of these 20 grams of carbs is predetermined. These 20 grams of carbs are preset to be gained from 54 permissible food items, such as green salad, broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, cauliflower, turnips, tomatoes, etc. People are refrained from eating fruits, bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables, flour, sugar, nuts, seeds, legumes, etc.
This phase is referred to as the most difficult one, because one has to control his strongest urges to eat his favorite food, drink “minimum” eight glasses of water every day, alcoholic beverages are completely shunned, and caffeine is allowed in moderation “only” if you have low blood sugar. No wonder, it is Atkins Diet Phase 1, when the most rapid weight loss is accounted.
Spanning for entire two weeks, this phase makes the body to develop elevated levels of Ketone bodies, which are used as the source of energy in the heart and brain. This state of body is called “Ketosis”. After two days of the diet, Ketosis level is measured using Ketone Testing Sticks.
It is not obligatory to start this program with Atkins Diet Phase 1, but it is advisable. The reason is that this induction phase is the most effective and quickest way to break the barrier that is guarding your fat-store. It is imperative to streamline your cells to be able to burn the fats. The Atkins Diet Phase 1 takes maximum two weeks to shed your excessive fats. If you have very few pounds to reduce, you may need even shorter duration for this phase.
When the two primary objectives of Atkins Diet Phase 1 are accomplished, you can move on to the next phase, Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL). However, it is very critical to follow the phase 1 regime very strictly and to make sure that its purposes are achieved to the fullest.