Diabetic Atkins Diet is a low carbohydrate diet that is formulated in order to assist diabetic patients maintain their blood glucose levels as close to the normal range as possible, while also helping them lose weight. The Diabetic Atkins Diet is based on the principle that when carbohydrate intake is drastically reduced, the body switches to using fat stores for producing energy. A lot of controversy surrounds this type of diet and hence there are those who firmly believe in its effects and there are others who do not support this diet.
Laws governing Diabetic Atkins Diet
The Diabetic Atkins Diet consist of 3 phases-
- Phase I: Carbohydrate intake is strictly restricted to less than 20 g each day. Consumption of fats and proteins like meat, fish, and eggs as well as minimal quantities of salad vegetables like greens is allowed. Fruits and grains that contain carbohydrates are disallowed as also are simple sugars owing to Diabetes. To avoid any deficiencies from showing up, supplemental multivitamin, multiminerals are recommended. This phase lasts for about 2 weeks and is referred to as the induction phase.
- Phase II: Once weight loss is initiated in the first phase, the second phase allows the inclusion of some more carbohydrates in order to promote further weight loss. However, being a diabetic diet, the type of carbohydrates included must be complex in nature so as not to bring about any adverse impact on the blood glucose levels which have gradually been lowered.
- Phase III: As the target weight loss is slowly approached, an increase in carbohydrate intake can be considered, with the stabilisation of weight. This intake should ideally not be over 90g per day.
- An exercise regimen has to be followed on a daily basis to complement the effects of this weight loss diet. Apart from promoting weight loss, it helps enhance insulin action and improves the metabolism.
Benefits of the Diabetic Atkins Diet
- The Diabetic Atkins Diet has proved to be successful in many cases and has enabled several obese people to achieve weight loss which has in turn brought about a positive impact on glycemic control.
- In combination with medication, as well as regular exercise this form of medical nutrition therapy has been reported to show expected outcome in some but not all individuals.
The Diabetic Atkins Diet focuses on eliminating carbohydrates and substituting them with protein and fat consumption, which experts feel, might have a detrimental effect on the kidneys as well as result in abnormalities in the lipid profile and affect the cardiovascular health of diabetic individuals who are already vulnerable to these problems.
Being very restrictive in nature, it is not the easiest diet to adhere to. A lot of research still remains unfinished before one can actually arrive at any conclusion with regard to the long term benefits of the Diabetic Atkins Diet.