Steak with Bearnaise sauce, eggs and bacon, cheddar cheese omelets, Roquefort dressing, avocado cream soup made with real cream. All these rich foods are allowed as part of the controversial diet described in the Atkins Diet. This diet promises that not only will you lose weight with a low carb diet, but you will also be on the road to better heart health and memory function, as well as other wellness benefits. This plan is based on the theory that overweight people eat too many carbohydrates. Our bodies burn both fat and carbs for energy, but carbs are used first. By drastically reducing carbs and eating more protein and fat, our bodies naturally lose weight by burning stored body fat more efficiently.

Drastically restricting carbohydrates to a mere fraction of that found in the typical American diet causes the body to go in a state of ketosis, which means it burns its own fat for fuel. A person in ketosis is getting energy from ketones, little carbon fragments that are fuel created by the breakdown of fat stores. When the body is in ketosis, you tend to feel less hungry, and thus you are likely to eat less than you might otherwise. Ketosis can also cause a variety of unpleasant effects in a small number of people. As a result, your changes from a carbohydrate-burning engine into a fat-burning engine. Instead of relying on the carbohydrate rich items you might typically consume for energy, and leaving your fat stores just where they were before, your fat stores become a primary energy source. The purposed result is weight loss.

In slightly mode detail, consider what happens when you eat a high-carbohydrate meal. Sugar from the carbohydrate quickly enters the bloodstream. To keep the extra blood sugar from rising too high, the body secretes insulin. Insulin allows the extra sugar to be stored in the liver and muscle as glycogen, but these stores are rapidly filled to capacity. The insulin then converts any extra sugar to fat.

According to the Atkins diet theory, if the body keeps on making too much insulin, as it tries to deal with the excess sugar, it may become less responsive to insulin and eventually may develop the metabolic disorder diabetes. The Atkins theory states that this should properly be called unstable blood sugar, since the blood sugar level rises and then drops quickly.

Reference:? Atkins Diet Food List | Health Guides