Farewell To The Atkins Low Carb Diet

Atkins Nutritionals recently announced they’re filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It would seem the “low carb craze” was nothing more than just a passing fad. Well my friends I have come to both praise and bury the Atkins Diet.

I first found low carbohydrate diets aproximatelly fifteen years back — well before their recent popularity. The first introduction of mine was through a book entitled “The Endocrine Control Diet.” Like the Atkins Diet and other low carb diets for that matter, Alpilean Ingredients it was based on a severely limited carbohydrate consumption — below 50 grams of carbohydrates each day. You add your body into a state of ketosis and force it to burn off fat rather than glucose.

I was amazed at how quick I managed to drop pounds on the diet. If memory serves properly, I dropped 15 lbs in little over 7 days. Without a doubt, a part of it was water as well as muscle weight, though I also dropped quite a great deal of unwanted fat. I may tell it was fat as my waistline shrunk considerably.

The “Endocrine Control Diet” was stringent about keeping carbs low as well as staying in a state of ketosis until you hit the weight loss goal of yours. This was tracked on a regular basis by peeing on Keto Strips to ensure you are still in ketosis. I stayed on the diet for about 2 months before reverting back to the former diet of mine. The interesting thing was that I was able to keep my weight down for another 3 months prior to getting back up to the place I was prior to the diet.

I really should mention that throughout the diet which I was lifting weights and working on cardio exercise on a routine schedule. I sincerely believe this aspect was vital in retaining lean muscle mass while decreasing so much excess fat as possible while on a calorie restricted, low carb diet plan.

In the intervening years I tried different low carbohydrate diet programs which were most variations on the same theme. The one constant for me was keeping up with my weight training as well as cardio exercise. Each & whenever I managed to drop 15 – 20 lbs within 3 weeks and keep it all for a minimum of 3 months after stopping the diet plan.

The biggest problem I’ve with low carbohydrate diet plans is that I am personally unable to remain on them for far more that three months at a time. It is simply too damn hard! Let us face it I like the carbs of mine. Being of Italian extraction I was raised on bread as well as pasta. I also love Chinese cuisine with additional grain and in addition have a fondness for potatoes. Most of these nuts are taboo on a low carb diet plan!

In the end, a low carbohydrate diet isn’t very reasonable or maybe very sociable for that matter. I’ve never been too anxious about the health effects though. I have had my cholesterol tested both on and off the low carbohydrate diet programs and there were no variation in the readings even when I have consumed extra fat during some of the diet plans. My total cholesterol has always hovered around 200, which could be lower, but will be the cutoff for a regular level.

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