During the last decade, Americans have been trying to loose weight through various weight loss programs. A specific program that endured ridicule since the early 70's, but has finally been approved has an effective diet, which is the Atkins Diet, by Robert C. Atkins, a cardiologist who spoke highly on the dangers of sugar and carbs. Dr. Atkins had been called names by peers and even brought before a senate committee, but he refused to go unheard. .
The Atkins diet is a high protein diet, with a restriction of dietary carbohydrates. The Atkins diet eliminates fruits, cereals, breads, grains, starches, baked goods, dairy products, starchy vegetables and sweets. During the initial two-week induction of the Atkins diet, only pure proteins are allowed. Pure proteins include, meat, fish, shellfish, poultry and eggs, along with pure fats such as butter, olive oil and mayonnaise. A total of 20 grams of carbohydrates are allowed during this initial 2-week period. These carbohydrates include, vegetables as salads, asparagus, broccoli and Kale. .
Many people has become hook instantly of the Atkins Diets due to this rapid weight reduction within the 2-week period, but as in any diet the first initial weight loss isn't by fat it is water. When the body is deprived from carbohydrates the body runs short on glucose, which breaks down carbohydrates. The body anticipates these situations by storing emergency glucose, known as glycogen in the muscle and liver. If carbohydrates are significantly limited, the body will begin to break down this glycogen to obtain glucose for energy. Also, the reduction in Ketosis is not considered to be healthy according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. .
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AAICR), inducing ketosis can lead to muscle breakdown, dehydration, headaches, nausea and severe as kidney problems. Also, the AICR warns, by omitting certain foods, and even entire food groups that certain diets are deficient in such major nutrients as dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as in selected vitamins, minerals and protective photochemical.