Originally Answered: does the atkins diet work for "getting ripped"?
Atkins is on the right track, but is not quite the best solution. Modifying Atkins to become targeted carbohydrate diet, is the key.
You will want to limit your food intake to protein and fat at all times unless you are planning to start intense exercise. This exercise MUST be intense, whether it's weightlifting, HIIT, sprints, etc... Do NOT use this protocol for strictly endurance exercise as you do not need the carbs for endurance work.
15 minutes before exercise, you are allowed an apple. Once you start exercising, you can sip on a Gatorade type drink. Post-workout you want to ingest a specific post-workout drink. Try Biotest Surge at the source link below.
On a non-workout day you should limit your carbs to 70 grams or less. The carbs you do eat should be veggies and other low glycemic index foods. You can probably sustain this type of eating for months, or as long as you are losing weight.
Two important points:
1) If you eat targeted carbs but you're not losing weight, you're still eating too many calories. To efficiently diet, you should keep a food log and record total calories, fat, and carbs that you eat each day.
2) When you come off this diet, you just jump back into full-time carbs again. No one should really be eating more than 150-200 gram of carbs in a day anyway.
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