Atkins Induction: Why It Matters for Weight Loss

This Is the Most Restrictive Phase of the Atkins Diet

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Atkins Induction takes place during the first 14 days of the diet and requires a strict reduction in carb intake. But just what is the purpose of induction on the Atkins diet? Understanding why induction matters may help you stick to the program and get faster (better) results.

What Is Atkins Induction?

Induction is the introductory phase of The Atkins Diet. During induction you restrict your intake of carbohydrates to very low levels.

You get the bulk of your calories from fat and from protein. While eating unlimited fat sounds like a dream come true for some dieters, it is actually much harder than it seems. Most of the fatty foods we crave are also full of carbohydrates.

Dr. Atkins refers to it as a way to get the weight loss ball rolling and change your way of life. The purpose of induction is to induce a change in your body chemistry that leads to lipolysis (burning fat for energy) and a secondary process known as ketosis

Ketosis means that your body is using fat for energy. When your body is in a state of ketosis your body produces ketones. Many dieters who follow Atkins or other ketogenic diets test their urine for ketone bodies to make sure that they are eating properly. As a side effect of ketosis, your appetite will most likely diminish.

What Happens to Your Body During Atkins Induction?

According to Dr. Atkins, induction may lead to several changes in your body.

  • Stabilization of your blood sugar levels
  • An end or a reduction of various health symptoms resulting from unstable blood sugar, such as fatigue
  • Curbing of unhealthy and unnecessary cravings
  • Reduction or complete breaking of food addictions.
  • A noticeable and significant amount of weight loss.

But there are also some uncomfortable body changes that you might experience during induction.

Many dieters experience constipation because they don't get enough fiber during induction. In addition, some Atkins dieters experience brain fog during induction. When your brain doesn't get its preferred food source (carbohydrates) it doesn't work as well. You may feel tired and hazy and have a hard time completing certain mental tasks for a short period of time.

Is Atkins Induction Permanent?

Induction is not the entire Atkins plan and is not meant to be a permanent way of eating. It is only the introductory period you follow for the first two weeks. It requires that you follow some rather precise rules in order to be effective.

There are some eating plans that require you to follow an induction-like eating plan for a longer period of time. People who follow a ketogenic diet for weight loss or to manage certain health conditions might permanently follow a food plan similar to Atkins induction. But the eating style is very hard to maintain.

Please note that Induction should not be followed by pregnant women or those with severe kidney-disease. Please consult your doctor before beginning this or any other diet.

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