Like many around the world, this new year we here at Dietinator have made our New Year resolutions and will embark on a plan to lose weight and get healthy for the New Year! The whole family will be in on this journey with me. My mother in law and I will be eating foods from the Atkins Diet Plan. I will periodically check in with our progress and chronicle my story as I seek to regain my pre baby figure after gaining almost 40lbs through the birth of my beautiful baby boy Cal 16 months ago. My husband is a vegetarian, so he is going to create his own vegetarian diet plan. I look forward to sharing our story as we progress in the next few weeks, months, and hopefully lose some weight and become healthier.
What is the Atkins Diet?
The Atkins diet is simply a low-carbohydrate diet. What that means is that you can eat as much protein and fats as you want just don’t eat foods with many carbohydrates. When looking at the grams of carbs in a food remember to subtract the fiber and artificial sweeteners(sugar alcohols) for your Atkins Diet plan carb count. Following are the four phases of the Atkins Diet Plan.
The first phase is called the inductions phase. This is the phase that we will all be starting on. In this phase you can only have under 20 grams of carbs a day for two weeks. If you eat less than 10 grams it’s even better for fat burning. The stuff you can eat in this phase is high-protein meats and low carb vegetables such as leafy greens. This will really help start to kick your weight loss off.
The second phase is the balancing phase. After the first two weeks you can start this phase in which you can start to add nuts and small amounts of fruit back into your diet along with the protein and leafy greens.
In the third phase which is called the fine tuning phase you should be close to your goal weight so that is when you can add some more carbs into your diet. Not much because you don’t want to gain all that weight back.
The final phase is called the maintenance phase which is maintain that goal weight you set by eating a healthy amount of carbs without gaining all that weight back.
Foods to Eat:
Here is a list of some foods you can eat on this diet. I will only be eating these foods for the next two weeks.
Meats: BACON! (Can you believe this diet allows bacon!) beef, chicken, pork, etc. any meats. You can also have eggs which I know is not a meat but an important protein.
Fish: Tuna (one of my favorites and an easy meal) salmon, trout, sardines.
Low carb Veggies: lettuce, avocados, romaine, kale, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms (I will be eating mushrooms a lot!)
Dairy: Cheese: (lots of cheese!) butter, cream
Oils: olive oil, coconut oil
Foods to avoid:
Here is the list of foods you need to stay away from because there are too many sugars and carbs in these foods.
Sugar: I don’t really need to list examples for this one but you know no cake, milk chocolate, soda, fruit juice, orange juice, ice cream, doughnuts.
Fruits: bananas, apples, grapes, strawberries, oranges. (only in the induction phase)
Grains: Bread, Wheat, rye, rice
High Carb Veggies: Carrots, corn, green beans.
Starches: potatoes, chips, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, pasta, (all the foods that I love so much)
Legumes: Beans, chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, lentils.
I absolutely cannot wait to try this diet! I am so excited to exercise, eat better, and get back to my pre baby weight. My pre baby weight was 135 lbs. now I am 166.4 lbs and it is starting to look and feel bad. I am 5’8 so you can’t really tell that I have put on that much weight in my belly but you can definitely tell in my face and jean size!