The Atkins Diet is possibly one of the most popular diets people follow. It is a low-carb diet with high efficiency in weight loss. Also, it raised disagreements on how it exactly works. Many myths and misconceptions occurred and disagreement showed up, leading to misunderstanding and misinformation about the diet.
Here are some most common myths about Atkins diet that is pretty successful:
Atkins Is Poor in Nutrients
This is one of the most common myths about this diet. It is believed people do not eat so much needed vegetables and fruits. Actually, it is just the opposite because a study from Downstate Medical School ended up finding that people who were on the Atkins diet ended up consuming more fruits and vegetables than they did before they began the Atkins diet. In the induction phase of the Atkins diet you have 5 servings of high nutrient fruits and vegetables a day, and these veggies and fruits need to be low in sugar. It is proved that only 27% of Americans eat 3 or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day within their regular diet, so Atkins diet is actually increasing the fruit and vegetables intake.
Low Carb Diets Make You Tired
It is believed if you eat low carb food, you will suffer from fatigue, because carbs are giving you the energy. In fact, it is not true, because the carbs are actually making you feel tired. Carbohydrate overload causes your blood sugar to rise and fall which causes you to either be hyped up or crash, but when on Atkins diet, your organism will get a steady dose of carbohydrates, which means that your blood sugar will be more consistent and regular, and this stabilization of the blood sugar allows you to feel more energetic and have a better metabolism.
You Only Lose Water Weight
When you begin with any diet, you lose water weight first. But, when you continue (with Atkins) you begin with fat burning process. Once your carbs are cut low, your body begins with burning fat and you will notice weight being lost at slower pace after the initial water is gone.
You Will Get Constipated
The foods in Atkins diet is so rich in fiber that is almost impossible to get constipated with that amount of fiber intake. Spinach, eggplant, broccoli are all bursting with fiber. However, if you are worried about it, you can eat flax meal or add fiber supplement.
There is No Long-Term Weight Loss
Atkins diet is all about promoting healthy way of life and changing your eating habits for good, so once you begin with this diet, you should change your habits for good. Once you slim down to a desired weight, you should continue with healthy eating habits and it will keep your weight at the same level. So, yes – it is a long term solution.
Atkins Diet Promotes Gallbladder Disease
It is a myth that the Atkins diet is high in fat which causes gallbladder disease. Many studies have proven that gall stones occur when fat levels in the body are low. In fact, not getting enough fat can lead to creating stones in gallbladder, because it cannot contract, which then lead to biliary statis, which means that the bile crystallizes into stones. The way to prevent this condition is to keep a gallbladder active, which will happen if you take fat.
The most important thing, with any diet, is to keep your organs working correctly. Atkins is not full of fat nor is it void of fat, so it is a good solution if you are searching for a safe and healthy way to lose weight.