Diet A-Z: Atkins Diet - What, Why and Review

Diet A-Z: Atkins Diet - What, Why and Review

As a new feature to Diets Detox and Weight Loss (get thin or diet trying), we are going to be reviewing or at least looking at most of the major diets around in our Diet A to Z. Drawing from my own experiences and those of my friends and family who have tried these diets i will be giving honest feedback about each, as well as an explanation and a usual days diet plan. For those i cant review as i don’t know anyone who has tried, i will just give an overview until i actually get around to trying them.

OK so thats the plan, and the first diet up is…

The Atkins Diet


In the 1970’s Dr Robert Atkins created a new kind of diet - Dr Atkins Diet Revolution. It was a very low carb diet (as in, almost no carbs). This changes how your body digests food to a form of “Ketosis” - a more able method of burning fat.

Since the 1970’s the diet has been highly popular throughout certain parts of the world (mainly America - where the amount of overweight people looking for a quick painless solution is, or at least was, at its highest). The Atkins diet boomed again in early 2000 when many celebrities turned to it for quick weight loss solutions.

How do you do ‘Atkins’

You more or less cut out carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are sugars and starch that we digest for energy. There are two type, simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbs are found in fruits and dairy products and are easy to digest, complex carbs are found in wholegrain foods - brown bread, pasta, wheat based cerals. Usually complex carbs are better for us as they keep full for longer, amongst other reasons. Anyway Robert Atkins had something against both types, but in particular simple carbs.

Cutting out carbs makes your body go into a state of Ketosis, as described above. What do you eat instead of carbs? Almost unlimited amounts of meats, cheese, eggs, oil, butter, - and importantly to me bacon and sausages. Sounds great? Eating as much of that stuff as your can each day and still losing weight? Well it sounded great to me, but the reality was slightly differnt

Review (based on personal experience)

It all sounded great to me to start with. Salmon, chicken, bacon - all fried and all as much as i wanted. And it was good to start with. I enjoyed the foods and after a few days my body felt different and my urine started to smell horrible (sorry to mention that, but its the main sign of Ketosis and the diet going well!). Weight actually started to come off really fast. 3 - 4 pounds a week which was really good for me. But that only lasted for about three weeks, then it went down rapidly. That was not really a surprise and not a big disappointment, but i was getting really, really sick of basically meat only. Meat and omelette’s i seem to remember mainly. On top of that, with no fiber in my diet going to the toilet began to become a bit of a mission. Infact if anyone reading this want ot try Atkins, i highly recommend taking fibre tablets once a day.

I couldn’t stomach anymore of the diet after 5 weeks and ran off to eat some bread. In my opinion it is just not a sustainable diet plan. You will get sick of the foods you have to eat before you lose enough weight to hit your target. However, if you did hit your target on the diet things change slightly and you are allowed a treat here and there. I lost around 12 pounds in 5 - 6 weeks. I put it all back on again a couple of months later.

That doesn’t mean the diet is bad, it just wasnt for me. If you are thinking about going on the Atkins diet - buy the official Atkins diet book, think carefully how you can make the meals interesting without including carbs, plan them way in advance, buy fibre tablets and possibly join a support forum / community.

A Usual Atkins Meal Plan Menu

Breakfast -

Scrambled eggs and bacon


Bowl of mixed berries




Olives, Broccoli and Egg Salad


Pork with cabbage and onions


Oven cooked Salmon with asparagus and cabbage




Sugar free Jello (Jelly)

Resources to help if you choose to go on Atkins:

All you need to know about Atkins on Wikipedia

Official home page - Sells the diet book and other related products

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