As you know, I am always trying new ways to lose weight. My weight is a constant battle for me. It is time to try something new at the direction of my doctor. This time I am trying the low carb diet most commonly known as the Atkins Diet.
Generally, the low carb diet has various versions. Among the well-known versions of the low carb diet include the Protein Power, Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, Neanderthin, The Carbohydrates Addict’s Lifestyle Plan, Life without Bread, and much more. All of these versions of the low carb diets have one thing in common, and that is a very strict of the intake of carbohydrates.
Most of these kinds of low carb diets largely replace the carbohydrates with fats and proteins. Even though the diets differ in their recommendations, many times the low carb diet is compared to a high-fat and moderate protein diet. It is then noted that those on such kind of diet must get at least 60 – 70% of their regular calorie consumption from fat. The carbohydrates should then make up for less than 10%, and in some instances, for less than 5% of their daily calorie consumption. But the fat content can greatly vary depending on which low carb diet you choose.
On the low carb diet, you are given the opportunity to eat until you are full, as long as you eat only those foods that are allowed for your diet. So to mention, some of the allowed foods for low carb diet include meats, fish, poultry, and cheese, which are then coupled with a limited amount of green vegetables. It is just necessary to stay away from those not allowed foods if you want to have the best results.
The diet that I am sticking to for the next 2 months is the Atkins Low Carb Diet. At my doctor’s advice I am doing low carb high protein and moderate fat.I am sticking with no more than 30 carbs a day.
There are four basic and distinct phases to the Atkins low carb diet plan. I am simply starting with 2 months. The first phase of the Dr. Atkins diet plan is Induction. This is the phase that is most restrictive, but it only lasts a few weeks for most people. The purpose of starting the Atkins diet with the induction phase is to basically re-set your body’s metabolism so that it begins burning body fat as fuel rather than relying on carbohydrates that you eat.
During the basic or induction phase of the Atkins diet, I will eat meats, cheeses, and plenty of selected vegetables and salads. It restricts carbohydrates to less than 20-30 grams per day. You can still eat plenty of food and you won’t feel starved because your body will quickly enter into a state called ketosis where the body is burning fuel more efficiently and using your own body fat so you’ll feel less need to fill up with carbs for energy.
I am excited about started this diet and seeing how it goes!