I just finished my first week on the Atkins™ 40 diet. Honestly, eating low carb meals was a huge adjustment for this carb lover, but it wasn’t as a bad as I thought it might be. I like that I could eat 40 net carbohydrates as soon as I started Atkins™ 40, it helped to curb my carb cravings. I never felt hungry, which is unusual given my past experiences with diets. I’m pleased as a peach with my results and I’ll tell you why.
The Atkins™ diet traditionally is a multi-phase program. The first phase is the most restrictive. Here is an overview of what you are allowed to eat during induction:
- Most cheeses
- Fats and oils
You go through phases to add foods including the amount of carbohydrates you consume.
The new Atkins™ 40 program allows you to eat 40 net carbohydrates per day the entire time you are on the diet.
On Atkins™ 40 you are supposed to eat roughly:
100 grams protein
40 grams carbohydrates
Adequate amounts of healthy fats
These are just guidelines for the average adult. You might have to adjust slightly to meet your own dietary needs.
On Atkins 40 you will eat:
• More vegetables than the USDA recommends
• Proteins including meats, fish, poultry and plant-based proteins
• Healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts
• Dairy including whole Greek yogurt and cheeses
• Variety of fruits and whole grains
I know that with dieting alone, I won’t get the physique that I want. It is important to dedicate a few hours a week to exercise. When using other dieting methods, I have felt run down. I have been using my elliptical every day for 30-45 minutes, and I don’t feel bad.
I also love that there are Atkins™ meals and snacks that help keep me on track. If I don’t have time to cook breakfast, I can warm an Atkins™ breakfast sandwich. The smaller snack size portions are great to carry in a purse or your pocket for when you feel hungry. Is the rest of your family having pizza from your favorite pizzeria? The Atkins™ frozen pizza helped me fight the urge to have a slice.
You have food choices with Atkins™ 40, it isn’t so restrictive that it makes it difficult to shop or plan meals. I just use a food journal to keep track of the grams of carbohydrates and proteins that I consume. I can preplan my meals and snacks so that I don’t get the urge to cheat.
As with any diet and exercise program, you should always consult your healthcare provider when you are considering dietary or exercise changes. I am not a nutritionist or healthcare provider. I am just sharing my experience with the Atkins™ diet.
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.