Energy on the Atkins Diet

Doesn’t it seem like diet fads come and go with the changing of the seasons? Every other year some new craze starts up promising to slash pounds in weeks or your money back guaranteed! And in truth, most of these products can indeed deliver upon the promise of shedding pounds in a few weeks several pounds of water weight!! Many appetite suppressants literally cause dehydration and have stimulants in them that cause people to sweat the pounds off. The true fat weight that is loss is only due to the fact that the person was so hopped up on stimulants that they ran around doing twice as much work with half the efficiency.

The Atkins diet does not use stimulants to achieve weight loss and it is not intended to actually boost energy levels although some people do notice these effects. Actually, the Atkins diet should tend to stabilize energy levels and eliminate those ‘peaks’ and ‘valleys’ we all experience throughout the day.

Energy spikes and dips can be caused by two problems that are eliminated by the Atkins diet: caffeine (or other stimulants) and insulin spikes. The Atkins diet does not allow for caffeine consumption and it is actually dangerous — both the diet and caffeine are diuretics and thus lead to dehydration. The body will experience a drop in energy levels for the first few days when you brave the world without caffeine. However, as the body adjusts and ketosis kicks in, your energy levels should rise and then stabilize.

The stabilization of energy is achieved on the Atkins diet because it restricts process carbohydrates and sugars known to cause sudden spikes in the blood sugar levels. The body adjusts by increasing insulin levels so, there is the ride up when the blood sugar spikes, and then the ride down when the body finally compensates with enough insulin. By the time ketosis is achieved, the energy levels should stabilize and remain consistent throughout the day.

For those that were on a low-fat diet prior to starting the Atkins program, there may be a noticeable energy increase especially in the beginning. A low-fat diet relies mainly upon food intake for all energy and therefore does not burn fat stores as readily as someone on the Atkins diet. Therefore, in between meals, your body can literally run out of steam because it has run out of ready-to-use energy. When a person transfers over from a low-fat diet, they tend to experience a noticeable elevation of overall energy that finally stabilizes at some point soon after Induction.

The Atkins diet can have some extremely beneficial effects upon a person’s overall energy level. Instead of enduring the spikes and sudden drops in energy level experienced by those consuming high levels of processed carbs, those on the Atkins diet have a consistent energy level once ketosis has been achieved. This energy level should not fluctuate greatly so long as the person remains true to the Atkins diet and does not reintroduce refined carbohydrates or sugars into their diet.

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