How Atkins Can Help Your Patients Reach Their Weight Loss Goals
By permanently adopting the Atkins Diet, also known as the Atkins Nutritional Approach, patients will achieve four objectives that will help them reach their weight and other health goals. The four Atkins Nutritional Principles form the core of the Atkins Diet and are supported by a solid foundation of medical and nutritional research.
By following an individualized low-carbohydrate nutritional approach that lowers carbohydrate intake and therefore also insulin production, people who are at high risk for or diagnosed with certain chronic diseases can see improvement in clinical parameters.
People following an individualized low-carbohydrate nutritional approach that includes nutrient-dense foods are more likely to meet their nutritional needs and promote good health than people following a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet. By adhering to an individualized low-carbohydrate nutritional approach that combines nutrient-dense food sources, one can safely achieve a nutritionally complete diet. Regular exercise is also essential for controlling weight, toning muscles and maintaining a sense of well-being.
For each individual there is a tightly regulated carbohydrate threshold below which fat burning and weight loss occurs. This is called the Carbohydrate Level for Losing (CLL). However, if carbohydrate intake exceeds this threshold, carbohydrate burning predominates, allowing the accumulation of fat, which results in weight gain. Each individual also has a level of carbohydrate intake at which he/she will neither gain nor lose weight. This is known as the Atkins Carbohydrate Equilibrium (ACE).
The body burns both carbohydrates and fat as fuel for its energy needs. Carbohydrate is the first fuel to be metabolized. However, when the intake of carbohydrates is sufficiently restricted, the body converts from the metabolic pathway of burning carbohydrate to burning fat as its primary energy source. This results in weight loss.