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Atkins Diet - It Is Time For Ongoing Weight Loss

written by: Summer Banks • edited by: Rhonda Callow • updated: 2/27/2009

OWL or ongoing weight loss is the second phase subsequent to the induction period in weight loss. This phase involves the experimentation of different foods in the effort to determine how a dieter reacts to them.

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    How OWL Works

    The OWL program, which includes the consumption of more carbohydrates, enables dieters lose weight and maintain their new smaller size. The diet is inclusive of both protein and fat, which are essential in the maintenance of the dieter’s health. OWL requires dieters to consume less quantities of both protein and fat and consume an increased amount of carbohydrates. The OWL ladder has ‘rungs’, which provide people with different foods that are likely to help them lose weight effectively. The Atkins diet requires people to select foods that fall in the AGR category, which is the acronym for Atkins Glycemic Ranking.

    Each rung contains different foods that have varied values, which cater to the dieters’ individual dieting needs. The OWL diet requires people to select foods that have very low AGR’s because they contain less fat. They should spend at least two weeks or more in a single rung in order to adjust to it as well as identify those that work well with their bodies and those that do not.

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    Benefits of the OWL Phase

    When dieters adhere to the prescribed OWL phase of the low carb diet or Atkins Diet, they are likely to minimize their blood sugar, which is responsible for the food cravings that dieters experience. A low carb diet decreases these cravings thus causing them to eat less food and lose more weight. Combining the Atkins diet with regular exercises enables dieters to lose weight at a faster rate. The OWL phase enables people to adjust easily by introducing the foods systematically. Consuming various food types at once makes it hard for dieters to adjust to the diet and this is what makes the Atkins diet unique and effective.

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    Stepping Up and Stepping Down

    OWL is characterized by the slow addition of carbohydrates back into the diet. These carbohydrates are added in increments of 5 grams every week or every other week. The dieter should continue to add these carbohydrates until they stop losing weight. This is the level of carbohydrates at which the current weight can be maintained. In order to lose weight on the Atkins Diet, the follower will need to cut back carbohydrates by five grams and maintain a slow, steady weight loss until they are within five to ten pounds of their goal weight.