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.
The 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 →
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.
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..
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 →
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 →
‘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 →
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 →