Quick Weight Loss with the Atkins Diet

Are you looking for quick weight loss?

Do you want to start a diet that is relatively easy, with minimal effort required? If so, you probably have already come across the Atkins Diet and the many mixed reviews that it has received from users and health professionals alike.

The idea behind the Atkins Diet is simple – eat no, or relatively no, carbohydrates AT ALL. This is why this diet plan has received so many mixed reviews; it goes against everything you are told about a healthy and balanced diet!

What Makes Atkins so “Amazing?”

If you are considering doing the Atkins Diet plan in a bid to lose weight, you should first understand exactly how it works. You basically only consume foods that your body can use in order to burn fat. By avoiding carbohydrate-rich foods, you are essentially boosting the metabolism of your body.  Your body will switch from burning off the carbs that you were eating and focus instead on the fat reserves that your body already has stored.

When you go on the Atkins Diet, you basically eat very few carbohydrates. This means that your body wants to burn off the fat reserves, which leads to weight loss.  Carbs are quickly converted into sugar (glucose) in your body once you have eaten them,  and your body rushes to burn off these quickly converted sugars, which means that you are not burning fat reserves when you eat too many carbs.

Although the Atkins Diet has come under a lot of scrutiny and questions about how healthy it actually is for the human body, over fifty studies have shown that as a weight loss plan, it does actually work rather effectively.

As with other diets, there are a couple of different phases to the Atkins Diet.

The first phase, or the Induction phase, focuses on very few carbohydrates in the daily diet – a maximum of just 20g is allowed per day.

  • Vegetables – of the 20g of carbs that you ARE allowed per day on the Induction phase of the Atkins diet, around 12-15 grams of these should be from healthy vegetables. You should learn the carb content of your vegetables before starting on the diet plan to make sure you are not eating something that could potentially back-track your progress.
  • Cheeses – You should make sure that you are checking labels rather carefully, especially during the initial phase of this diet. You will notice that many cheeses actually have a very minimal amount of carbs, usually less than 1g, and you are allowed to have 3-4 ounces on a daily basis on this diet.
  • Make sure you get enough Omega-3 fatty acids. These are healthy fats that your body needs in order to function properly, and you should eat plenty of food fortified with this. You can find it naturally present in some seafood.

Foods that you are not allowed to eat, especially on the initial Induction phase of the Atkins Diet include:

  • Anything made from grains – pastries, cakes, bread
  • Added sugars – if it says added sugars on the label, put it back!
  • Fruit juices, fruit and fruit products
  • Certain dairy products
  • Vegetables that are high in starch – corn, beets, potatoes
  • Alcohol!

Some of the foods that are not allowed on this first phase of the diet will be added during the second phase, so there is no real need to panic if you see your favourite foods are not allowed.

Phase 2 – Ongoing…

The second phase of the diet focuses primarily on losing that weight that you have before found hard to lose. You will slowly and gradually increase the amount of carbohydrates back in to your diet during this phase, returning to a somewhat normal, healthy and balanced diet.

There are still certain foods that you cannot eat during this phase, for example those that are VERY high in carbohydrates.  You will find that your favorite foods are allowed once more, when used in moderation.

Phase 3 – Pre-Maintenance

You will find your right “carb-level” during this phase of the Atkins diet.

You gradually increase your carbohydrate intake until you have found a point that you no longer lose any more weight. Every person is different, so this can differ massively from person to person.  In time, and with the help of a food journal, you will find the right carbohydrate level for you.

This phase quickly leads on to the final “maintenance” phase of the diet, in which you put all of the things that you have learned into practice to ensure that you do not put weight back on again.

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