Question about Atkins
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Hi. I have had good success with Atkins and yes, you have to do it by the book when starting out.
 
That means no caffeine, no alcohol, and no artificial sweeteners. If I remember correctly, the body will treat these as fuel and burn them before burning even carbs. The point of the diet is to switch your body's fuel from carbs to fat. These 3 extras interfere with the switch.
 
At least part of the purpose of the initially very low limit on carbs is to get your insulin levels to drop. If this leaves you with cravings, there is a supplement called chromium picolinate that helps alleviate the problem. The lower insulin levels leave some people feeling lethargic and the chromium might help with that as well. People who are already diabetic should not take it without their doc's OK.
 
I have read about a few different diets that all start out the same as Atkins induction. The hospital in my area has a weight management division and they also use an Atkins style induction. From what I gather through independent reading and lectures in my physiology class, reducing your insulin resistance is critical for diet success and long term health.
 
I hope this helps. The Atkins website used to be really good, but since Dr. Atkins' death it has become very commercialized- I was very disappointed with the change. If I have time tomorrow, I will go have another look at it and see if there has been any improvement.
 
P.S. Yes, men do seem to have better results initially. Women do catch up though.
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