Atkins is individualised

An important aspect of the Atkins diet that is often not understood, is the fact that it is individualised. By progressing through the four phases, you discover which foods you can eat and how many grams of carbs you can eat a day and still lose weight. And once you have reached your goal weight, you will know how many grams of carbs you can eat a day and remain at your goal weight – for good.

If a man is not faithful to his own individuality he cannot be faithful to anything - Claude McKayThe amount of carbs an individual can eat and maintain their weight loss will vary considerably from one individual to the next. It depends on lots of factors from how carb intolerant you are, your metabolism, your genes, medical conditions and your level of activity. However, before you read that list and think, “I can’t do anything about my genes/metabolism or certain medical conditions”, Atkins will still work once you keep to the Acceptable Food List and reduce the carbs sufficiently. This is evident once you understand how Atkins works. Continue reading

Low carb Moussaka

This delicious low carb Moussaka has become a regular meal in our house and is perfect for winter time. It is a lovely low carb warming dish and suitable for the induction phase. It works well with beef mince as well as lamb mince. It is best to slice the aubergine and cover with salt (see step one) a few hours beforehand. Continue reading

Quick and Easy Salads on Atkins

Salads are an excellent option for lunches on Atkins and can be very quick and easy too. Of course, salads don’t need to be anything fancy – you can just take whatever ingredients you have in the fridge and add a tablespoon of full fat mayonnaise or another dressing. For instance you could choose from the following:

  • meat such as chicken, ham, turkey, pork – meat left over from foods you have cooked would be better as cooked meat you buy in packets tends  (unbelievably!) to have sugar added as well as other additives. It’s not very much but worth keeping in mind when making dinner so you can cook some extra meat for dinner so you can have it with your salad the next day.
  • tinned fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines or fish such as prawns or smoked salmon
  • cheese such feta, brie, cheddar, mozzarella, swiss cheese, goats cheese – and these are all acceptable in phase one
  • vegetables such as red, green or yellow bell peppers, lettuce, avocado, cucumber, radish, mushroom, olives, onion, spinach etc.

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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

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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