The New Atkins Diet. Have Your Carbs And Lose Weight Too.

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We all know about the original Atkin's Diet, made famous by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston. Over the years we may or may not have attempted this particular diet. However, one of the main difficulties with this diet was the absence of carbs. Foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, and muesli, were struck off the pantry shelf forever. For many of us, this was just too hard to maintain long term. The new Atkin's diet, as the name would suggest, has addressed this issue.

The Revised Atkin's Diet.

* This diet still works off the concept of ketosis, where carbohydrate intake is dramatically reduced to such a degree that the body has no choice but to burn its own reserves of body fat to obtain fuel. Sugar cravings subside, blood sugars are stabilised and fast weight loss follows.

  • At no stage now are carbs totally banned.
  • For the first fortnight, the maximum allowed amount of carbs is 20 grams.
  • 6 ounces, or 170 grams, of a high-protein food must be eaten with each meal.
  • Supplements for essential fatty acids, a quality multi-vitamin and fiber, such as psyllium, should be included daily.
  • Eggs, all poultry, all seafood, and all meats such as lamb, beef, veal, and pork are allowed.
  • After Phase 1, various other carbohydrates can slowly be reintroduced back into the diet.
  • The revised Atkin's diet now has 4 stages:

Phase 1. (Sometimes known as Induction Stage.)

  • The first 2 weeks are the most restrictive when it comes to counting carbs. At this stage, only 20 grams of carbs per day are allowed.
  • The carbs should only be sourced primarily from vegetables and salads.
  • Drink 2 litres, or 8 glasses of water daily.
  • Stay on phase 1 for a minimum of 2 weeks.
  • Never go for more than 6 hours without eating something.

Phase 2. (Sometimes known as Ongoing Weight Loss.)

  • You will remain in this stage until you have lost all of your weight bar the last 5-10 pounds.
  • You will slowly increase your carb rations weekly by 5 grams.
  • Various carbohydrates will be reintroduced. (Such as grains and seeds.)

Phase 3. (Pre-maintenance Stage.)

  • You will be within 5-10 pounds of your weight loss goal when you start this stage.
  • You will be increasing your carb levels by 10 grams weekly. (This rule only applies while you are still experiencing weight loss.)
  • Your weight loss will slow down at this point.
  • When you reach your ideal weight and are able to maintain it for one full month you are then ready for the lifetime maintenance program.

Phase 4. (Lifetime Maintenance.)

  • You will continue on with the same eating patterns as phase 3.
  • You will be keeping a close eye on your weight. If you should gain 5 or more pounds you will be modifying your lifestyle to either consume less carbs, exercise more, or possibly both.
  • You will not be eating more than 120 grams of carbs daily.

Conclusion. The revised Atkin's diet still works off the original concept of carbohydrate restriction. However, the newer edition allows for consumption of some healthy carbohydrates within the range of 20-120 grams daily. This diet will be easier to maintain long term due to the less restricted carb levels.

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