Different Stages of Atkins Diet

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Dr. Trupti Shirole
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Different Stages of Atkins Diet

Phases of the Atkin's Diet -

Induction -

It is the first 14 days of the plan. If combined with exercise a dieter can achieve 5-10 pounds of weight loss per week. The weight loss during this stage is due to limiting carbohydrate intake to 20 grams a day; 12-15 grams of which must come in the form of green salads and other fruits and vegetables. This carbohydrate restriction is intended to cause the body to quickly enter a state of ketosis.

Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL) -

The OWL stage comprises of gradually increasing the carbohydrate intake, but not exceeding the level where weight loss occurs. The carbohydrate intake during this stage is increased by 5 grams per week. This phase lasts until weight is within 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of the target weight.

Pre-maintenance -

The total daily carbohydrate intake is increased by 10 grams each week. The key goal of this phase is to determine the maximum number of carbohydrates a dieter can eat each day without gaining weight. Weight loss is achieved a little slowly during this phase. In this phase the body begins to lose the protection of ketosis as one prepares for the last phase.

Maintenance -

This phase intends to continue the eating habits adopted in the previous stages. Some carbohydrates are re-introduced back into the diet, but not the ‘bad’ ones, as they will result in the weight returning.

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