Want to Lose Weight? Check out the Atkins Diet Plan in Nigeria
Atkins Diet is a weightloss diet that favors the consumption of protein and fat over carbs implicating carbs as the cause of weight gain. It was developed a physician called Robert. C. Atkins M.D who wrote a best-selling book about it in 1972.
Since then, the Atkins diet has been popular all over the world with several studies showing its effectiveness in weight loss, lowering blood sugar levels and LDL cholesterol, reducing hunger and increasing the amount of HDL (good) cholesterol.
The Atkins diet is another low carb, high fat and high protein diet! In the 70s it was originally considered to be an unhealthy diet due to the focus on saturated fats! It was later discovered that saturated fats are virtually harmless and actually very healthy!
The diet calls for eating as much protein and fats as you want and a massive reduction in the intake of carbs! The main reason why low-carb diets are so effective for weight loss is that a reduction in carbs and increased protein intake lead to reduced appetite, making you eat fewer calories without having to think about it!
How a Nigerian Atkins Diet Meal Plan would looks like
THE ATKINS DIET… a day in the life of…
Here is a sample menu of what it would be like to follow the Atkins Diet. Of course the last 2 phases allow for some healthy carbs to be incorporated.
Breakfast: Eggs and vegetables, fried in coconut oil.
Lunch: Chicken salad with olive oil, and a handful of nuts.
Dinner: Steak and veggies.
Breakfast: Omelet with veggies, fried in butter.
Lunch: Shrimp salad with some olive oil.
Dinner: Salmon with butter and vegetables.
Breakfast: Bacon and eggs.
Lunch: Chicken salad with olive oil and a handful of nuts.
Dinner: Meatballs with vegetables.
Benefits of the Atkins Diet Meal Plan
The propounded benefits of the Atkins diet is that it can prevent or improve serious health conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Risks/Concerns about Atkins diet
“Atkins diet plan is important in weightloss, but it’s not sustainable and very risky especially to brain” according to a dietitian who spoke about this diet plan on Twitter.
Other common side effects of strictly following Atkins Diet:
According to Mayoclinic, “eating carbs that are high fiber, whole grain and nutrient dense can improve the health profile of programs like the Atkins Diet, though. In addition, the Atkins Diet has changed over time to help prevent health problems, and it now recommends taking a small amount of extra salt, along with vitamins or supplements.”