A Miracle Called Atkins Diet

If you want to lose weight without going through the struggle of getting hungry then the Atkins diet plan is the way to go. The most amazing thing about the Atkins weight loss plan is appetite suppression. Food cravings are the most common reason that make people who are on a diet break their promises.

Instead of loading the pressure to desire for food, the Atkins diet plan offers food choices that you can take during the day without going overweight.

 A sample Atkins Diagram

Unlike other diet alternatives, the Atkins diet plan allows followers to escape hunger pangs in-between meals, helping to keep adherents focused on staying healthy or losing weight. 


The Atkins diet allows you to control your food craving, particulalrly for carbohydrates by eating protein based meals that are spaced throughout the day which keeps your blood sugar stabilized. It also keeps your body free of desire for extra food, especially carbohydrates.


The Atkins diet works on the principle of restricting your intake of carbohydrates while keeping you free from constant hunger. It severly moderatees the consumption of carbohydrate such as high-sugar foods, breads, pasta, cereal, and starchy vegetables, which easily fill you up but do not last in your stomach for long.


Instead, the Atkins diet plan focuses on more nutritious than processed foods that make you less likely to experience food cravings.


The specific combination of nutritious foods and ingredients in the diet melts away cravings for food. The key in the Atkins diet is the amount of protein which you consume and lasts longer in your stomach than carbohydrates.


Diets that are filled with carbohydrate fill you up instanteneously but a few hours later, you stomach feels empty forcing you to eat more. This inevitably forces you to eat more. As a result, you gain more weight putting off your efforts to keep control over your weight.


With the Atkins diet plan, in-between meals hunger pangs go away very quickly, thereby reducing your intake of food and helping them to keep your weight under check.


A mix of protein and minimal healthy fats keeps your body satiated for long periods of time.


Eggs on the Atkins diet plan suppress your appetite, and they are also a great form of quick and easy protein.


In fact, a study with two groups of women revealed that if you eat eggs for breakfast, it reduces the extent of hunger during the day.


One group ate eggs for breakfast and the other had a breakfast of bagels and cream cheese. The breakkfasts had a similar calorie count.


The women who had eggs for breakfast reported feeling full during the day, and ate less at each meal than those in the bagel group.


In the Atkins diet plan, eggs easily satisfy your hunger without adversely increasing blood sugar levels, helping to stop foods cravings. Eggs are also easy to prepare.


Apart from suppressing hunger, eggs have nutrients that are essential for good eye health and important in brain functioning and memory, extra benefits that come with choosing to follow the Atkins Diet plan.


In addition, two vegetables on the Atkins program, broccoli and cauliflower, provide bulk in your diet which also reduces the levels on in-between meals hunger pains. Because they are bulky, they help to give your stomach an impression of fullness.

and this helps to distract your mind and body from constantly thinking about food.


Water and psyllium husk fiber that are also in the Atkins diet plan also help to create an impression of fullness in your stomach. The Atkins Diet plan is certainly the way to go if you want to escape the hunger and food denial commonly associated with dieting.


The combination of special types of carbohyrates and the protein in the Atkins diet plan provide you with highly nutritious foods that suppress the temptation to eat, and at the same time, keep your weight under check and your bodily health in good shape.

Food, Food, Food: Making Sense of A Global Crisis

Nothing could be as much a mirror of poor people’s food plight as Thai farmers reportedly conducting armed vigils in their rice fields at night to prevent thieves from reaping the crop.


As a measure against nocturnal rice thefts, Thai authorities introduced a 6 p.m. curfew on combine harvesters, vehicles used to harvest the crop.


In Thailand, as in many parts of Asia, the price of rice has gone up dramatically in recent months tempting greedy and corrupt dealers to use any means available to get a hold of the pricey grain for either sell or hoarding. In fact, the hoarding of rice has been blamed for the price spirals forcing governments to impose buying rations.


According to the Asia Development Bank (ADB), approximately 1 billion Asians need assistance to cope with soaring food prices and shortages.


The purchasing power of many of Asia’s poor has been seriously eroded reversing previous gains made in fighting poverty.


The International Herald Tribune describes rice, a staple food for half of the global population, as one of the “world’s most politically fragile crop.”


Like the price of rice, general food prices are on the rise in many parts of the world, forcing poor people to protest — sometimes violently — against governments.


Food riots have erupted in countries such as Haiti, Cameroon, Egypt, Indonesia, Senegal and Somalia, among others, threatening national stability or exacerbating conflict. Poor people, particularly children and those living with diseases, face the risk of malnutrition or death due to inadequate diets.


“It’s the worst crisis of its kind in more than 30 years,” Jeffrey Sachs, and economist and UN special adviser recently told The New York Times. “It’s a big deal and it’s obviously threatening a lot of governments. There are a number of governments on the ropes, and I think there’s more political fallout to come.”


Experts say that food reserves are at their lowest in 35 years, and there is a systemic imbalance between the forces of supply and demand that cannot be fixed in the short term. UN statistics show that global food prices have risen by 65 percent since 2002 to levels increasingly beyond the reach of the poor.


The current food quagmire has been festering over the years with little to no media attention.


“In the seven of the last eight years consumption has exceeded production, which can happen only if we draw down our stocks. The carryover, the grain in the bin when a new harvest begins, is the seminal indicator of food security, and it’s now down to 54 days consumption, not much than is needed to fill the supply line,” says Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute.


Nearly 1.7 billion people in Asia — three times the population of Europe — live on less than US$2 a day, and to them the spiraling food prices are like a shockwave.


“The world’s food import bill will rise in 2007 to $745 billion, up 21% from last year, the FAO estimated in its biannual Food Outlook. In developing countries, costs will go up by a quarter to nearly $233 billion,” reports Time Magazine.


Asia’s poor are particularly vulnerable to rising food prices for staples such as rice because 60 percent of their spending goes toward food and the figure rises to 75 percent if transport costs are included, according to the ADB.


Many countries in the region have resorted to banning food exports and imposing price controls; however, the ADB warns that this could worsen the crisis, as farmers will stop growing crops that bring a negative return on investment.


An assortment of causes have been cited for the ongoing food crisis from climate change, population growth, increased consumption of meat in Asia, particularly India and China, a ballooning oil price, focus on bio-fuels to greed and corruption.


According to experts, the transportation of specific commodities over long distances chews up a lot of oil, which in a context of a skyrocketing oil price is responsible for the food price hikes.


Also, the fact that many people in Asia and other parts of the world now eat like North Americans is also an underlying factor for the upward spiral of food prices. The more people eat meat, the less food will be available to satiate empty bellies of the poor because grains meant for human beings go to fattening chickens and animals for meat. Continued growth in meat output is dependent on feeding grain to animals, creating competition for grain between affluent meat-eaters and the world’s poor, says the World Watch Institute.


In addition, the increased commercialization of agriculture has negatively impacted the productivity of small farmers. Consequently, small farmers opt to abandon the land, and trek to urban areas in search of proverbial greener pastures.


According to a United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) report between 2000 and 2030, Asia’s urban population is expected to increase from 1.36 billion to 2.64 billion, putting pressure on urban areas which are already incapable of meeting everyone’s food needs.


As the Asian food story reveals, to avert a global food crisis requires a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach that employs short term and long-term measures.


In the short term, bilateral and multi-lateral agencies can lend monetary support and food aid to help seriously affected countries cope with the food crisis. While government subsidies can help the poor to withstand the food crisis, it is not a sustainable strategy in the long-term.


National governments will need to invest in agricultural systems in a manner that keeps small farmers engaged in the production of food with a guarantee of support, fair compensation and improved access to market information.


The ADB recommends that farmers need to have access to reliable and affordable seed, fertilizers, pesticides and credit.


In the long-term, agricultural research, improvement of irrigation systems and the development of new technologies, including improved seed and crop varieties suited to specific climatic conditions, are essential to improving yields.


The use of low cost technologies such as drip kits and treadle pumps can also help farmers to make optimum use of land and water in the face of global warming. Labor-saving technologies that will adapt agriculture to new conditions generated by rural-to-urban migration can help to compensate for the depletion of labor.


As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon succinctly put it, the longer-term challenge is to boost agricultural development, particularly in Africa and other regions most affected.


With increased political will, fair trade and investments into agricultural systems, hopefully rice farmers in Thailand will, once again, have nights filled with sleep unafraid of waking up to a bare rice field harvested by some unscrupulous characters bent on making a quick dollar.