Mother weans baby on to Atkins!

Small child eating meatWhat mother would do such a thing? And how overweight is her baby that she’s trying to put him on a diet so young? And what about all that meat? And surely he should be eating cereal and baby rice? Isn’t it dangerous?

At least these are questions you might be asking if you believe some popular Atkins myths and common misconceptions about LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) diets..
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Want to lose weight but hate exercising?

For many people, the idea of having to exercise – of forcing themselves to go to a large impersonal gym at some crazy hour of the morning or making themselves pound the streets late at night or spend hours on that treadmill – puts them completely off the idea of trying to lose weight.Fat man jogging tired

For others, its the idea of walking into a gym full of beautiful people in their gym attire is so intimidating that it makes them give up the whole idea of losing weight before they even start. Or perhaps, you are someone that cannot exercise because of a disability or an injury. Or maybe you’re really busy and can’t seem to fit it in right now..

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How To Start The Atkins Diet

So you’ve decided that its time to bite the bullet and get started with Atkins. But where do you start? Well, before we start with the practical steps and the how-to part of it, it’s worth taking a step back to take a look at what you are trying to achieve. I’ll assume if you are reading this article that you want to lose weight and improve your health. And its probably safe to assume you want those extra few pounds/stone to stay lost? Continue reading

5 Common Myths: Answered

In any walk of life, be it gardening or teaching or politics you will get some mis-information or myths. But when you speak to someone who knows what they are talking about you tend to find out the truth.

Like the above example, the subject of diet, nutrition and the human body’s reaction to food isn’t one that everyone is expert in, and this may include your GP. So, when it comes to a specific way of consuming food and getting nutrition into the body via the Atkins Nutritional Approach, then a lot of conjecture, hear-say and third hand information can get mixed up with the truth.

To help you along, here are five commonly held myths about the Atkins Nutritional Approach. Hopefully, this knowledge will benefit you and give you confidence in following and talking about the Atkins Nutritional Approach. Continue reading

O Broth-er Where Art Thou?

Apologies for the misdirection, if you were lead to believe that this post may be a review of the classic Coen brothers film “O’ Brother Where Art Thou?” and some tasty photos of George Clooney. I’m afraid you will be disappointed in that department.

However, if on the other hand, you have just begun Induction and you are following the Atkins Nutritional way for the first time, you may be experiencing some short spells of dizziness or mild headaches. Don’t worry, it is a very short term and easily rectifiable situation as you can find out by reading our guidelines on the Induction Phase.

What you may be experiencing are the diuretic effects of following the Induction stage of the Atkins Nutritional way. As you may be aware, in the first week or two you will lose some fluids from your body and along with these fluids, some minerals, such as sodium are also lost. So, how to overcome this? Continue reading

Harmful myths – the death of Dr. Atkins

‘Didn’t Dr Atkins die of a heart attack?’ or ‘Wasn’t Dr Atkins obese when he died?’ are questions we’re asked from time to time. Unfortunately, many years after the death of Dr Atkins these harmful myths are still out there.

The reason I say they are harmful is that they have prevented (and possibly still do) people who believed them, from following the Atkins way-of-eating. Or maybe they stopped following it when friends/co-workers derided them. Based on false information those individuals may not have been able to reach and maintain their weight loss goals and even more importantly gain the health benefits offered by the Atkins Nutritional approach. That is the real damage done by these myths.. Continue reading

Atkins and Alcohol – Slainte*!

One of the first questions we are often asked is: “Can I drink alcohol while following this plan?”. The reason we are all so keen to know whether or not alcohol is allowed on the Atkins diet is a debate for another day!

So why is alcohol one of those things that we are told not to consume while following a diet and are you allowed to drink alcohol while following the Atkins nutritional lifestyle?

On Induction phase 1 alcohol is not allowed. But Induction is only for two weeks. The reason alcohol is restricted on a low carb diet, especially at the start is, when ingested into the body it is metabolized before the fat in your body, so in that case alcohol is treated (from the bodies perspective) like a macro-nutrient. This applies to almost all spirit alcohol and some wines. Continue reading

The Naked Cupboard

An empty cupboard is not a great way to start out on your journey in following the Atkins Nutritional Way, it is however, a brilliant way to fall foul of what we like to call, the ‘Take-Away Terror’.  More often than not, when you arrive home after a hard day at the office or just a hard day in general the last thing you will want to do is have to go shopping for food. Nope, the easy option (and let’s face it, we all choose the easy option when we can) is to dial that number on that menu that came in through the door last night.  Continue reading

Make Your Kitchen a Fast Food Outlet

How to make fast food, go!

Yes, you’ve read the heading correctly, this is a post about fast food and how you can make it in your own kitchen. When we speak about fast food, we are not speaking about food that comes from a fast food chain of restaurants. What we are talking about here, is food that you can prepare, quickly and easily in your own home.

When you begin following the Atkins® way of eating, you will find that there is a huge variety of foods that can be eaten on the diet and more over, an almost endless choice of recipes that your own personal menu can be made up from. And because it is your menu, you can make it as interesting, elaborate or as simple as you choose.

“Where is this fast food you promised, I’ve been waiting an age now and still now sign of it!” Don’t worry, it is on its way to you post haste, just sit back and enjoy the post. Continue reading

Spoiled for Choice on Phase 1

Glorious Food Choices on Phase 1 of Atkins

Whenever we speak to someone about the Atkins® way of eating, usually the first thing that we encounter is an objection wrapped in a question. “Isn’t that an all meat diet?”. Nope, there is no end of vegetables, meats, poultry, fruit, nuts and grains that can be eaten while on the Atkins® diet.

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Want to be a Smoothie Operator

You wake up to the alarm going off, you look at the clock and sigh. You have to be dressed, fed and out of the house in 30 minutes. Well, you can’t exactly leave the house in your pajamas, so getting dressed is a priority. You can’t arrive late into work either, so something has got to give? Most of us will sacrifice eating a proper breakfast because it can take too much time to prepare, cook and eat. So what we are all guilty of is eating on the go, grabbing something quick and easy like a breakfast bar or a quick bowl of cereal. Lots of carbohydrates and sugars leaving you with a blood sugar high opening the door for a blood sugar crash in, oh let’s say three hours time. Continue reading