What Beginners can Expect when Starting the Atkins Low Carb Diet

One key aspect of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is to limit the amount of carbohydrates you eat. This is what the Atkins diet teaches. The concept of using a low carb approach to lose weight is not new. The Atkins diet shows a way to implement a plan that is effective, easy to use and allows you to eat great foods and satisfies your carbohydrate cravings.

Here is an introduction to the Phase One and Phase Two of the Atkins plan and how they work.

What Beginners Expect on Starting Atkins Low Carb Diet

If you have a lot of weight to lose, Phase One is very important. This introduction jump-starts you with the program. Your carb consumption is limited to about 20 grams each day for two weeks.

During Phase One, you should be eating protein rich foods like fish, chicken, whole eggs, and cooked beef. You also need foods with the “good” fats such as those found in dairy products and olive oil. Your carb meal might be a green salad with a low carb dressing such as olive oil. You can also eat green beans or broccoli.

Phase Two of the Atkins program is referred to as the “ongoing weight loss” phase (OWL). At this time you keep eating foods that are high in protein and fat.

The difference is that in this phase you begin to add five grams of carbs each day to your allotted 20 grams. You continue with this plan until you stop losing weight. In other words, you can have from 20 – 25 grams a day the first week, 25 – 30 grams a day the next week and 30 – 35 grams a day the following week, and so on until you reach a plateau in your weight loss.

When your weight loss stops, it is time to start dropping 5 grams of carbs each week until you learn how many grams of carbs you can eat and still continue to lose weight. For the average person, this is about 40 – 60 grams per day. Stay with this Phase until you lose about 5-10 lbs.

Hope this article provide you about the information of atkins low curb diet.

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