If you’re looking to get rid of those last 10 lbs., the Atkins diet, renowned for producing quick weight loss results, may be just key to achieving your desire. The diet theorizes that restricting carbs enables your body to switch from burning carbs for fuel to burning fat for fuel. It proposes that when you eat fewer carbs, your body has no choice but to burn fat as its primary source of fuel. Working in four phases--Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL), Pre-Maintenance and Lifetime Maintenance--the Atkins diet is one approach to shedding those pesky, remaining lbs. without depriving yourself of the healthy, delicious meals you enjoy.
Reduce your daily carbs to 25g according to Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL), phase two instructions. Those wishing to lose 10 pounds or less are advised to skip step one of Atkins and go directly to phase two. You will eat foods such as beef, chicken, fish, eggs, bacon, fruits, vegetables and nuts and seeds. You will also discover what Atkins refers to as your CCLL--your Critical Carbohydrate Level for Losing, meaning, you will discover how many carbs you can safely consume and still lose weight.
Shift your focus toward making this your way of eating for life during phase three, Pre-Maintenance. By now you should have a fairly solid handle on good eating habits. You will continue adding good carbs to your eating plan every week and continue losing weight until you get to the point where you are neither losing nor gaining any more. Atkins refers to this as your Atkins Carbohydrate Equilibrium, or in short, your ACE.
Ease your way into Lifetime Maintenance, the final phase of the program. Now that you’ve mastered eating the right amount of healthy carbs on a daily basis, you will commit to maintaining the weight you’ve loss. You’ve worked hard to arrive at this point and won’t want to undo all of your hard work by going back to eating unhealthy, refined carbs.
Beginning at phase one, the Induction phase, is recommended if you have significantly more than 10 lbs. to lose. Hold off on eating fruit, nuts and seeds for the first two weeks only if you begin at this phase. You will add these back into your eating plan during phases two, three and four.
Fill your refrigerator with low-carbohydrate and good protein choices such as beef, fish, lamb, veal, pork, chicken, eggs and leafy green vegetables.
Consume fats such as olive oil, butter, safflower oil and avocado.
Eliminate all white food products such as rice, pasta, bread and flour from your diet. Opt for more whole grain food choices such as oatmeal, brown rice and whole grain cereals instead.
Atkins is considered a high-fat diet. Government health agencies recommend a maximum of no more than 30 percent fat in your diet. The Atkins diet advocates more fat consumptions than this.
The process of ketosis is considered controversial. Critics of the Atkins diet cite this state of ketosis as dangerous to certain body organs over the long term.
Consult with your doctor before beginning the Atkins diet to see if it is right for you.
Do not use the Atkins diet as a quick fix. It is meant to be a lifelong way of eating. If you return to a high carb diet, those pounds loss through low carb eating may return.