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Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet was developed by Robert C. Atkins. According to Robert C. Atkins, the consumption of fat does not cause one to be overweight. It is rather the excessive consumption of carbohydrates. The Atkins Diet is based on an outdated notion that carbohydrates cause one to become fat. For this reason, carbohydrates are reduced in the diet as much as possible. There is no limit to the consumption of fats and proteins. Foods rich in carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes and pasta are strictly forbidden. Vitamin and mineral supplements are to be taken in order to avoid deficiencies.

The very one-sided Atkins Diet is meant to change the metabolism.


New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great, Eric C. Westman, Stephen D. Phinney, Jeff S. Volek

Evaluation of the Atkins Diet:

Atkins Diet: "For health reasons it is advised not to do this diet."
("Stiftung Warentest" - a German Consumer Foundation - Comparison of 80 diets)

  • The high protein Atkins Diet strains the kidneys.
  • The high proportion of fat has a filling effect.
  • There is an insufficient amount of dietary fibre in the Atkins Diet.


The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook: 200 Simple and Delicious Low-Carb Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less, Colette Heimowitz

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