The Atkins Induction is the first stage of the Atkins Diet designed by physician and cardiologist, Dr. Robert Atkins. This is a 2 week phase of the program that is supposed to get your body to:
So the goals of the Atkins Induction phase sounds good, right?
As a matter of fact, it seems to be just the opposite. For example: When the diet was first published, The President of the American College of Nutrition said, "Of all the bizarre diets that have been proposed int the last 50 years, this is the most dangerous to the public if followed for any length of time."
Or as was stated by the Chair of Harvard's nutrition department, "The Atkins diet is nonsense... Any book that recommends unlimited amounts of meat, butter, and eggs, as this one does, in my opinion, is dangerous. The author who makes the suggestion is guilty of malpractice.
"People need to wake up to the reality," the Atkins Diet is "unhealthy and can be dangerous." wrote former Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop.
Almost every medical authority opposes the Atkins Diet. Some of these include the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins and many more.
Usually the only positive reviews come from someone that is going to profit from it. Especially if you are going to write a book promoting it.
The Atkins diet has been shown to produce rapid weight loss, but has also shown to be not really sustainable. Initially during the Atkins Induction or phase 1, you are severely limited on carbs which causes the body to go into a "fat burning" state called ketosis, and use fat as the primary fuel source. This causes rapid weight loss, especially in those that are obese.
Sustained weight loss is another thing. High fat diets have been around for over 150 years, yet they all seem to fade as soon as people realize that keeping the weight off is much harder that they thought. Even the Atkins diet is fading, since the company Atkins Nutritionals lost over $300 million and filed for bankruptcy in 2005.
Should you care if the American Medical Association calls his theories "naive, bichemically incorrect, inaccurate and without scientific merit?" It don't matter as long as it works.
The problem is the weight that most people lose initially in the Atkins Induction phase is water weight. Normally, fat is used with carbs and broken down almost completely. When your body runs out of carbs to burn, the fat used up in an inefficient way that produces toxins such as acetone and other "ketones". The acetone is given off in the lungs, which is what causes the advertised "bad breath" in most people on the diet. The other toxins are washed out in the urine.
To wash all the toxins out takes a lot of water. Some people lose a gallon of water in the first week. This causes them to think the diet is working. If you wanted to lose water weight you could just sit in a sauna for a few minutes a day. It would be more healthful. This water "weight loss" is what gets people to continue on the diet and even recommend it to others. That is how Dr. Atkins became a billionaire.
Rapid water loss is a $33 billion diet gimmick, according to one weight loss expert. It has been used to sell books for over 150 years.