The HCG diet and the Atkins Diet are probably two of the most popular diets available today, but for those who are unfamiliar with the Atkins diet, what are the differences between that and the HCG diet, and more importantly, which one is more effective for long term weight loss?
What are the key points of the Atkins diet?
The Atkins diet was invented by Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1970s and it has proved to be a very popular weight loss program over the years. The main principle behind the Atkins diet is to cut out most of the carbohydrates from the diet so that the body is forced into a process known as “ketosis”.
Is the Atkins diet safe?
Ketosis does encourage fat metabolism, but if the body is deprived of carbohydrates for a long period of time, there is evidence to suggest that liver damage can occur. There has also been a great deal of criticism leveled at the unregulated portion sizes in the Atkins diet, although these concerns have since been addressed and the diet now places greater emphasis on nutrition and healthier portions.
What is the difference between the HCG diet and the Atkins diet?
The main difference between the two diets is the amount of carbohydrate you are allowed to consume in your daily diet. On the Atkins diet, you are supposed to cut out virtually all carbohydrates, but on the HCG diet, you are allowed some carbohydrates, specifically breadsticks and Melba toast. The HCG diet has been carefully balanced to ensure you are consuming a healthy amount of carbohydrates without allowing the body to enter the process of ketosis.
Both diets are designed to help you lose large amounts of weight, but the main emphasis with the HCG diet is permanent weight loss. This is achieved by reprogramming the hypothalamus gland, which will enable the body’s metabolism to permanently be reset once you are accustomed to eating smaller portions of healthier food.
The Atkins diet will probably help you to lose weight, but because you are forced to eliminate virtually all the carbohydrates from your diet, you are likely to feel very poorly once your body is in the ketosis stage. Following the HCG diet will feel completely different as you will have lots of energy and none of the nasty side effects associated with ketosis such as bad breath and flatulence.
Overall, after the HCG diet and the Atkins diet have been compared side by side, the HCG diet is a far better weight loss program compared, and with so many happy HCG customers over the last fifty years achieving their weight loss goals on the HCG diet, there is more than enough evidence to show that the HCG diet really does work.