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Atkins Diet a Way of Life

Updated on February 12, 2015

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The right diet and exercise for a happy life.
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Akins and the Phases

Since my daughter was born, I have struggled with my weight. No matter how much I exercised and cut back on calories, it just wasn't working. Gaining weight isn’t just about calories. It is how our bodies burn calories. Every body is different. Factors like hypothyroidism, certain medications and hereditary all play a part in weight gain. Those who don’t believe in slow metabolisms are those you have never had a weight problem, (in my opinion). The fact is not all overweight people are big eaters. I know several thin people who eat constantly and complain that they can’t keep the weight on. A few years ago I went on the Atkins Diet. I was determined to lose weight. Within a month I lost 20 pounds. I stayed on this plan for a few more months. It was a great feeling of being thin. People were treating me different and I felt better with myself. My feet didn’t hurt like they did before and I had a buy a new set of clothes. But I did the one mistake that the Atkins Diet says not to do. In order for this plan to work, it needs to become a way of your everyday life. The motto is, "Atkins isn’t a diet, it is a way of life." Actually, I did two mistakes. The second one being that I stayed on the Induction Phase the entire time. If I had to do it all over again, I would follow the four phases according to how they are laid out.

Phase 1- Induction:

The induction phase is where your body goes into the state of ketosis and begins to burn fat for energy. This part should only go for a two week period. Though it does say in the book to continue it for another week, if necessary. Ketosis is when our bodies breakdown fat to replace glucose as a fuel source. Limiting the carbohydrate intake low enough ill produce the ketosis state.

Phase 2-Ongoing Weight Loss:

During this phase, you increase your intake of carbohydrates by 5 grams. The amount of carbohydrate on the Atkins diet is counted as “net carbs” which deducts grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate. Fiber is a good carbohydrate and works with weight loss. So, if the label on a breakfast bar states it has 12 grams of carbs, with 6 coming from fiber and 6 from sugar. Only the 6 from the sugar is counted against the carb intake.

Phase 3- pre maintenance:

You can only enter this phase of the diet when no more than 10 pounds need to be lost. Otherwise the other phases need to be repeated. The critical carbohydrate level for maintenance (CCLM) is used in the third phase. The CCLM is maximum the number of daily grams of carbohydrate intake above which weight is gained.

Phase 4- Lifetime maintenance:

The last phase of the Atkins diets restricts carbohydrate content to maintain weight at a certain level, reached in previous phases. This varies per person.

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Myths of Low Carb Dieting:

Myth #1: You only lose water weight.

Fact is the first part of all diets is losing water weight. Atkins is no exception. After the first few days, or even the first week the body gradually shifts to burning fat.

Myth #2: You can't eat vegetables.

Fact is you can still eat vegetable. But some vegetables are restricted due to high carbohydrate levels. The Atkins Diet will explain which vegetables can be included.

Myth #3: Low-carb diets are unbalanced.

After the Induction Phase, vegetables and later fruits are re-introduced into the diet. Along with the Atkins Diet the right amount of certain vitamins and minerals adds to a balanced diet.

Myth #4: Low-carb diets raise cholesterol and blood pressure readings.

On going research continues to prove it false. The low carb plan reduce your insulin level in a matter of days and see an almost immediate reduction of blood pressure, a significant reduction in your cholesterol or triglyceride levels in a few weeks, and a steady loss of excess stored body fat.

Myth #5: Once you go off a low-carb diet, the weight comes back.

Yes the weight will go back on, if you go back to your bad eating habits. Kept in mind that this is your new lifestyle and you must adopt it as your way of eating for life.

Additional note: You can do Atkins as a vegetarian. But look for protein alternatives such as tofu, beans, Nuts, Seeds, brown rice and gluten meat substitutes.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      healthylife2, I was on it for a long time. The first weeks you might not feel all that good. That is because you body is ridding itself from the addiction that you had with sugar and carbs in the the first place.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I found this hub very informative to those that comment on the diet without truly understanding it. My husband and I went on it once for two weeks and both lost weight but felt horrible and I decided to never do it again. I found cutting out all processed foods to be more effective.

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      maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain

      A very interesting and informative hub I enjoyed reading it and will vote it up :D

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Granny, it took a few months to get established on Zazzle. But yes, I get money put in my Paypal account every month.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great hub. I am going to share this and rate up. Also, I have checked out your other web pages. Do you really make money with the Zazzle store?

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      blackreign2012 7 years ago

      Useful info... I learned something new about Atkins ~smile ty for sharing

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      Healthy Living Is 7 years ago from allergies, people, flowers. health, diet, art, medicine, mental health

      Great Post

      Great Writing

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Wow I knew two of my friends who were on this diet. It really does work. :)

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      This is the only diet that works for me!

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      I am glad you lost some weight Sandy, and I was happy to see the phases as well, I never know that before although I heard of the Atkins diet already, Thank you, Maita

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      All your tips useful for us. Thanks for concern about diet. It nice to try and stay positive.

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      Sage Williams 8 years ago

      I saw this hub the other day and wanted to get back to it. I followed the Atkins diet about 6 years ago and loved it. I think I lost about 30lbs. at the time.

      Carbs is a huge issue for me and always has been. Today I eat really healty and just eat the good carbs. Great job on this article.


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      Internetwriter62 8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Excellent hub, you really helped me see Atkins in a different light. I am a type A positive, so I can't do all the high protein. I know that it works great if you are a type O. Thanks for the info.

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      pmccray 8 years ago from Utah

      Good hub

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      entertianmentplus 8 years ago from United States

      Great info I need to lose a few.Thanks

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      anglnwu 8 years ago

      Thank you for explaining this diet--it gives me a better idea and I like the fact that you detail the myths surrounding this diet. Easy and interesting read. Thank you.

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      loveofnight 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      love the format and detail,you have provided more than enough detailed information for the consumer to make a good buying decision....thx 4 share

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have to say I am not a big meat eater. So when I was on this plan I did alternate with with nuts, seeds and cheese. I ate salads but kept it all in the carb range.

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      Eva Thomas 8 years ago from Georgia

      I was talking to my doctor because he recommended this plan, but in my case since I do not eat a lot of meat, I choose to go another route. However, I love the coconut bars-have you tasted them? Yummy!!

      I believe no matter which route a person goes, it is life change. That is why I do not even like the word "Diet" changing the way you eat period is the most benefical. thumbs up Sandy!

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      Darlene Sabella 8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      You know Sandy, I love the Akins diets and it really becomes part of your life, and your not starving all the time. Thumbs up great hub