Atkins Diet & Bodybuilding

July 26th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Atkins is a popular low carbohydrate diet among the mainstream, But how good of a fat loss diet is it for bodybuilders? Atkins is a high protein high fat and high protein low carb diet created by Dr. Atkins. Instead of having a lot of carbohydrates in the diet, you will be replacing most of them with fat and protein.

Is Atkins Diet healthy?

Due to the higher intake of fat, many are concerned about the health effects of the Atkins diet. According to research replacing carbs with fat actually causes lowering of triglycerides, HDL (good cholesterol) to go up, and dampening the harmful effects of LDL(bad cholesterol) through increasing it's size. In other words, the lower carbs reduce the negative effects of saturated fat in the diet. This does not mean that you should eat a lot of saturated fats, it just means the effects are reduced by a low carb diet.

Another concern is the high protein. Many are concerned about their kidneys. If you drink plenty of water and have no kidney ailments or pre-disposition, the diet is healthy.

With the lack of carbohydrates, some wonder if the body will have enough energy. The body, including the brain, over a couple weeks will slowly adjust it's metabolism to get most of it's glucose from protein and fat instead of carbohydrates. This process is called ketone metabolism. The body is highly adaptable and will quickly learn to efficiently metabolize high protein diet.

Atkins a good idea for bodybuilders?

Yes. Atkin's is actually very similiar to the Keto diet which is commonly used by bodybuilders.

  1. angela on June 11th, 2008

    2 wks away from competition. figure tall,currently 120 lbs. wanting to lean out more. what percentages of fat vs protein should i be consuming? i have been maintaining under 20g of digestible carbs. please let me know. thanks

  2. admin on June 19th, 2008

    Angela, you should ask these kinds of questions at our forum.


  3. stefi on September 1st, 2009

    the Atkins diet is low in carbohydrate (it still contains some carbs from veggies) and high in protein. is it healthy to cut out carbs totally just for a few months? when i say cut them out totally i mean to fruit, no veggies….just meat and cheese.

  4. Ken on August 17th, 2010

    Atkins is not high protein. That is a misnomer. Atkins is high fat (65%-70%), very low carb(20-30 grams per day) and adequate protein. Atkins advocates less than a gram per lb of bodyweight.