When Dr. Robert Atkins’ book, ‘Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution’ was published in 1972, the nutrition establishment was shattered by the idea that one could lose weight while still earing bacon, eggs, rich sauces and steak. The new low-carb diet proposed by Dr. Atkins is still controversial even today.
The content of this diet was not consistent with what was known about heart healthy diets. Atkins diet was criticized for including too much saturated fat and too few fruits, vegetables or whole grains. There are four phases and the general principle states that you have to reduce those foods that raise the blood sugar. This can be done with either animal foods or vegetable foods.
In our bodies, we can burn either fat or sugar, namely glucose. We are designed to prefer glucose over fat. If you have a metabolic tendency toward obesity and diabetes, the Atkins diet is the solution for optimal health. The emphasis is on good carbohydrates and adequate protein. Foods that have a high glycemic index rating causes the pancreas to release a lot of insulin in order to break down the sugars and carbohydrates which produce high amounts of glucose.
Many people who are overweight become insulin resistant. This means the insulin is not doing its job to remove glucose from the blood stream. The pancreas has to overwork, releasing massive amounts of insulin, even 20 times more than the body needs. The result is that blood sugar drops to very low levels, which sets off a chain reaction leading to release of adrenaline to correct the blood sugar imbalance.
The Atkins diet can effectively control blood sugar. Combining proteins, fats and good carbohydrates, it helps the body feel satisfied and avoids the roller coaster effect. By controlling carbohydrates both in quantity and type, insulin spikes are controlled. The pancreas works as it was meant to be, the blood sugar level is stable throughout the day.
‘The New Atkins’ offers an updated solution explaining the science behind the low-carb diet and offering arguments about how the diet has benefited people concerned about obesity, cardiovascular dieases or type 2 diabetes.