The Atkins diet

This diet forbids the consumption of all carbohydrates in any meal.

Food forbidden in the Atkins diet

  • Starchy foods: pasta, rice, potatoes...
  • Legumes: beans, lenses, garden peas, soya, broad beans...
  • Fruits
  • Dry vegetables
  • Milk, yoghurt, dairy products, cottage cheese
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar and sweets
  • Sweet drinks

Food allowed in the Atkins diet

  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Butter, margarine, oil and cream
  • Unsweetened dairy produces
  • Cheeses, except the reduced cheeses which contain carbohydrates.
  • Salad

Food allowed but in moderation

  • Authorised drinks: tea, coffee and water
  • Green vegetables, salads, spices and herbs can be consumed in limited quantity

Positive aspects

  • Fast weight loss from 2 to 4 kilos the first week then the weight loss is more progressive to reach approximately 6 kilos at the end of a month.
  • Eat meat or cheese at will
  • Easy to carry out at home or in a restaurant

Negative aspects

  • It can cause an important increase in lipids which increases the cholesterol in he blood. it can precipitate cardiovascular risks, among which is the heart attack
  • Absence of carbohydrates cause tiredness, muscle cramps, nausea...
  • The is a greater loss of muscle than of fat
  • Deficiencies in vitamins, rock salt and fibre
  • The weight that is lost in many people are quickly regained after this diet
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