Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the atkins and a vegetarian diet. The Atkins Diet (AD) was introduced in 1972, with the publication of Dr. Atkins’ ‘Diet Revolution’. This diet received quite a bit of criticism, as its methodology was contrary to the ‘expertspeak’ of the day. It recommended almost a complete cutting down of carbohydrates, and eating only protein and fat. A few vegetables, but only in small doses, were permitted, as veggies also contain carbs. (Marples-website) . . . . . .
Let’s look how the Atkins’ Plan, as stated by Atkins, works. There are four phases in the operation of the AD. Anyone can commence using it by starting from any one phase and going on to the next. But it is advisable to start from Phase 1, as this phase “jump start(s) your weight loss”. (The New Look of Nutrition Phase 1)
The first phase is the induction phase of 14 days, when significant weight loss is achieved by the reducing the consumption of carbohydrates drastically. A dieter is permitted to have only 20 grams of net carbs (total carb grams less fibre grams) from salad vegetables. All types of non-vegetarian food is permitted — fowl, fish, shellfish, eggs and cheese. Here, there are some restrictions depending on the exact calorie count of these. (For instance, mussels and oysters contain some carbs, so this should be factored in before having them). Artificial sweeteners (like spenta) are permitted, but their carb value should be considered, and added in the computation of total carbs. A total of 8 glasses of water are to be drunk, over and above any other liquids.