There has always been a lot of controversy about the doctor behind the Atkins Diet. Many people believe that his science was false, and that he just made up this diet out of thin air. Many people also believe the cause of his death was actually from a heart attack because he maintained a low-carb, high-fat diet. I will try and debunk these myths with factual information.
The truth is that Dr. Robert Atkins was a neurologist and physician looking to lose weight himself. During the early years of his medical practice, stress and poor eating habits led him to gain a considerable amount of weight. In 1963, at a weight of 224 pounds, he decided to go on a restrictive diet based on the research of Dr. Alfred W. Pennington, who recommended removing all starch and sugar from meals.
Robert found immediate and lasting success on this new plan, and began advertising its effects to his patients. While working as a medical consultant, he even managed to help 65 patients reach their ideal weight with his low-carb, high-protein plan. As a neurologist, he realized that cutting sugar could also reduce the risk of seizures in patients with epilepsy.
Over his journey, he wrote over 17 books explaining the amazing effects of the Atkins diet. He was also named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people in 2002.
Atkins did have a small heart attack in 2002, but it was due to a infection in his body. Many people thought it was because of his eating habits. Then in 2003, Robert Atkins did pass away after being in a coma after slipping on ice 9 days earlier. He was 72 years old. Many people have also stated that he was overweight when he died, this is only true because he was very swollen when in a comatose state, and was carrying a whopping 70lbs of fluid retention.
In conclusion, many of the controversies surrounding this doctor are in fact false. Do your research before starting any diet plan. I do believe that Dr. Atkins was on to something. This man did not become so popular because his diet didn’t work, because it DOES. I say, give it a try!