Atkins Nutrition

Written by Gregg Ruais
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The Atkins Diet has revolutionized the way Americans view weight loss. Before Atkins became popular, people who wanted to lose weight generally steered clear of all foods that contained fat. Dieters avoided steaks and sausages like they were contaminated with the Bubonic plague. People had no idea they could enjoy bacon and eggs for breakfast, hot dogs (minus the buns) for lunch, and prime rib for dinner in accordance with a diet that actually works.

Foods high in protein, like beef, chicken, pork, fish, and tofu, make up the foundation of the Atkins Diet. The next most important group is vegetables. Atkins-friendly vegetables include spinach, asparagus, and broccoli. In order to shed pounds using the Atkins Diet, people must avoid fruits and vegetables that are high in sugar, like grapes and carrots. Other foods that violate the Atkins Diet include milk and white bread.

Sticking with the Atkins Diet

Many people find it difficult to stay on the Atkins Diet, because so many snack foods are high in carbohydrates. Potato chips, pretzels, and most candy bars contain many carbs. Atkins has produced snack foods, such as chocolate and peanut butter bars, which dieters can enjoy in between meals.

While on the Atkins Diet, people should make sure they do not receive more than 20 percent of their calories in the form of saturated fat, which clogs arteries and causes high cholesterol. Moreover, Atkins is not a license for gluttony. Some experts actually contend that Atkins is merely a reduced-calorie diet in disguise; by taking away foods like white bread and sugars, Atkins reduces total caloric intake. Moreover, regardless of how few carbohydrates people eat, consuming adequate proportions of the four basic food groups is still essential to overall well being.

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