How The Atkins Diet Works
By Alan B. Densky, CH
is a very popular "low-carb" weight loss program, but it is often
greatly misunderstood! Popular, if slightly exaggerated depictions of the plan
portray dieters eating nothing but vast amounts of meat and fat. Although the
diet itself may not be quite that simple, many people have used it to
successfully lose weight and improve their health.
On this plan, dieters follow a highly specific program based on restricted carbohydrate intake. Emphasis is placed on the nutritional aspects of the diet over exercise and other factors, although exercise is encouraged.
are four stages in the Atkins diet:
this two-week phase at the start of the diet
program, dieters can only consume
up to 20 grams of carbohydrates each day. Dieters can consume high protein foods
such as meat and eggs, fats such as oils and butter, and other foods with little
to no carbohydrate content. Many foods containing carbohydrates are not allowed
at all, including alcoholic beverages.
early phase is supposed to help the body switch from burning carbohydrates for
energy, as it normally does, into burning fat stored in the body (a process
known as ketosis). Most dieters start to lose weight during this phase.
Weight Loss During
the ongoing weight loss phase, dieters gradually increase their carbohydrate
intake by adding 5 grams of carbohydrates into their diet each week. Dieters
adjust their diet, losing weight to put themselves within 5-10 pounds of their
target weight, before moving into the Pre-maintenance stage.
use the Pre-maintenance stage to find out the maximum amount of carbohydrates
they can consume without gaining weight. During this stage, dieters increase
carbohydrate intake by 10 grams a week. Once dieters reach their target weight
and can maintain it for one month, they move into the Lifetime Maintenance
For lasting results, the Atkins program is supposed to be maintained throughout
the dieter's lifetime. Using the strategies that helped the dieter reach their
target weight, the dieter maintains an eating and exercise program to stay at
their goal weight. Individuals can revert to previous stages if they ever start
to regain weight.
who can stick to the Atkins diet are usually successful in losing weight;
however, many people cannot maintain the program and end up quitting early on in
the induction phase. In general, most diets fail simply because dieters cannot
stay on the plan.
people struggle to stay on diets because they experience strong food cravings,
have problems with compulsive overeating, cannot control their appetites, or
simply lack the motivation to lose weight. Overcoming these mental obstacles is
the most challenging aspect of losing weight.
One reason why many people struggle to control
their eating is because they are emotional eaters. Such individuals eat in
response to their feelings, such as when they are bored or upset. However, this
eating style programs a "conditioned response" into the unconscious
mind. This means that when people experience the same emotion that made them
overeat initially, they will feel compelled to overeat again and again.
Hypnosis works by helping our unconscious minds
disassociate our eating habits from our emotions. To eliminate the conditioned
response to overeat, a hypnotherapy weight loss program is used to break the
link developed in the unconscious mind between overeating and certain
For example, if you tend to overeat when you feel
bored, hypnosis can dissociate boredom from eating in your unconscious mind.
Hypnosis can then be used to replace the overeating response with another
activity, such as exercising. That way, the next time you feel bored, instead of
going to eat, you will feel motivated to engage in physical activity.
Hypnosis is a powerful stress-relieving tool as
well, helping us cope with our stressful emotions and relieve tension without
eating. As a relaxation tool, it calms the mind, helps you develop strategies to
cope with stress, and boosts your self-confidence to motivate you to lose
Hypnotherapy can also be used to eliminate the
emotional anxieties that keep you from losing weight.
Many overweight people hide behind their weight for emotional protection.
For example, after a painful end to a relationship, people might find themselves
becoming overweight so they can avoid relationships and avoid experiencing
emotional pain again. Through hypnosis, we can think more positively and focus
on having better health instead of becoming overwhelmed by our anxieties.
Not only is hypnosis a powerful motivation tool, it relieves stress, extinguishes conditioned responses that cause overeating, and can be used to overcome many mental obstacles that prevent weight loss. Hypnotherapy for weight loss is extremely effective at helping people stick to a diet plan, such as the Atkins program, and lose weight.
©2007 By Alan B. Densky, CH.
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