Drinking on the Atkins Plan
Is the number one beverage that all of us should be drinking 90% of the time.
It protects the body from the effects of dehydration. Nutritionists and science both agree that dehydration is the number one factor in the confusion of whether or not the signals in our body indicate we are hungry.
he contribution of water to our body is beneficial, beyond just quenching our thirst.
Plain water varieties
- tap water
Note: tap water is probably the least favorite for drinking because of all of the chemicals used to treat it, yet it is still better than no water at all.
The best thing to do with any water is to buy a filtration system for your house or for the water you drink.
The human body is made up of more than 50% and up to 75% of water, babies are at the higher end at about 75% to 78%. The brain and the blood are two of the biggest users of water which aid in their function and productivity.
- brain, 75% to 80%
- lungs, 86%
- liver, 85%
- blood, 83%
All approximations based on variables, of course.
Water is necessary to live!
The human body can go days without eating, up to 3 weeks by some accounts or more in extreme cases, for example Ghandi.
Water is different though, the body can only go 3 days, which depends on multiple factors and can vary, without water before dehydration sets in and organs begin to shut down.
Bottled water nowadays come with a variety of infusions and additions, supposedly to assist the body.
Good idea or not?
Depends on the individual.
They can be any brand although if you are on the Atkins diet...well the choice is yours.
I find i like Atkins best, especially the ready made drinkable coffee infused flavors.
Protein shakes tend to be on the higher side but if you think of them as subs for popular coffee drinks or specialty drinks, like milk shakes, that you may miss, just treat yourself without feeling as if you have been robbed.
Suggestion, make it your business to look for coupons and sales.
Yet, any protein shake will do, just pay attention to the sugar content and the carb content.
No appreciation for sugar subs
I personally don't like sugar substitutes. I don't care what they are, and they actually make me more weary than just having my white sugar.
My thought is anything man packages isn't all bad but neither is it all good.
My best advice is to drink water and anything else without any type of sweetener.
But if you can't drink something without a sweetener, go for honey. But, remember honey is high in carbohydrates and calories. So If you have to use a sweetener, but are watching the calories and carbs, go for stevia.
Finding a stevia brand that you enjoy may take trying several different brands and a few extra dollars until you find one that is to your liking and taste.
What is it? it is a sugar substitute derived from a plant that has no calories.
Why is it better? nutrients are kept and it has no calories. (personally it is an acquired taste).
Another way to sweeten a beverage or give it a flavor is to use fruits.
What fruits to use are really up to you. What you will need to do is clean, cut and allow to steep in your water.
- berries, strawberries, blueberries
- citrus, oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes
Tip; If you can't really cut them, like blueberries, poke holes in them with a fork or crush them slightly to break the outer skin and expose the pulp or flesh inside.
If you just can't live without sugar, sugar substitutes or sweeteners, try weaning yourself. That means gradually over a period of time maybe a few weeks, daily start reducing the amount that you use.
You should also start looking at what you are eating. Prepackaged and packaged foods are notorious for using lots of sugar and chemicals that are derivatives of sugar. Any word with 'ose', at the end is a good indication that you are dealing with a sugar ingredient.
- protein shakes
- beverages no sugar added
- coffee, no sugar
- tea, no sugar
- lemon flavored water
- heavy whipping cream
- whole milk
- diet root beer
- carbonated drinks with splenda
treat, diet root beer float with heavy whipping cream
I prefer to eat my calories. Yet, when i want something sweet and satisfying because i am sick of water or drinks without some sugary flavor, i go for the Atkins treat.
Diet root beer and heavy whipping cream!
The Atkins root beer float
What you will need
8oz chilled glass
long handled spoon
6oz or less of diet root beer (any brand)
2oz more or less of heavy whipping cream ( too taste)
- whipped cream
- fruit, cherries
- nuts, macadamias or favorite choice
kitchen sink only
Whatever you choose to drink, water is the best for you, it nourishes the body like nothing else and helps with more than just losing weight.
On Atkins though, you are limited because of sugar and the slash in carbs which prove necessary to lose through the Atkins method.
Anything without sugar is acceptable. So pay attention to the carbs as well, because these usually indicate sugars.
- carbonated drinks with splenda
- heavy whipping cream
- full fat milk
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