Time and convenience are some of your biggest enemies when it comes to following a diet plan. But losing weight with the Atkins Diet may be a little easier for you with the diet's protein shakes. These shakes are meant to serve as supplements to your diet, to be used as a meal or snack replacement, not as your only source of nutrition, according to the Atkins website. Drinking these shakes alone may lead to diet boredom or risk nutritional deficiencies. Always consult your doctor before starting a weight-loss diet.
The Atkins Diet is a weight-loss plan that limits your carb intake, anywhere from 20 to 90 grams a day depending on program phase, to help you lose weigh. Food options also vary depending on the phase of the diet, but they mainly include foods high in protein such as meat, poultry and fish, and foods high in fat such as oil, butter and mayo. It's is a whole-food diet that uses protein shakes as a supplement to the plan.
About the Shakes
Atkins ready-to-drink protein shakes help make the plan a little easier to follow by aiding in carb control as well as helping you meet your protein, vitamin and mineral needs, says the Atkins website. These shakes come in a variety of flavors, including milk and dark chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Including meal-replacement shakes, such as the Atkins shake, on your diet plan may aid in weight loss and help you keep it off, according to a 2014 study published in "BMC Women's Health."
Nutrition in the Shakes
According to the Atkins website, a good shake should have at least 12 grams of protein; be high in fiber, vitamins and minerals; and have no added sugar. The nutrition in the shakes varies slightly from flavor to flavor. In general, each 11-ounce shake contains 160 calories, 9 to 10 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 2 to 6 grams of carbs, 1 to 4 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 15 grams of protein. Each flavor also differs slightly in vitamin and mineral content but meets 20 percent of the daily value for most micronutrients.
Shakes and the Atkins Diet
As part of your Atkins diet, these shakes are recommended as a meal replacement or as a snack. The Atkins website offers suggestions on how to make shakes used in place of meals more like a meal. These techniques include blending in fruits such as blueberries or apples for additional vitamins, peanut butter for protein or wheat bran for fiber with your shake. As a snack, they work fine without added ingredients and can be used as a before- or after-workout snack or to control midafternoon hunger.