Which Atkins Diet Plan Is Right For Your Patient?

Simplicity, versatility and sustainability are essential for any dietary program to succeed long term. Atkins meets all three challenges.

  • Simplicity. The key to slimming down and enhancing one’s health is to burn more body fat. Restrict sugars and other refined carbohydrates and fat—including body fat—become the primary source of energy.
  • Versatility. Although Atkins is comprised of four progressively liberal phases, some patients may be able to start in Phase 2 or Phase 3. Additionally, people can eat lean cuts of meat and poultry if they prefer; honor their own culinary heritage; and choose when to begin a fitness program and which activities to pursue. Finally, when it comes to maintaining their new weight, individuals can select one of the two approaches to Lifetime Maintenance.
  • Sustainability. The four-phase program trains individuals to find their tolerance for carbohydrates so they can maintain their weight and improved health indicators, making yo-yo dieting a thing of the past.

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