I have shared with you all that I will be starting the Atkins Diet. I have been on the diet for one straight week now. Starting from January 1st to January 8th. For you that do not know the Atkins diet is a diet where you do not eat any carbs of any kind. You are on a strict 20 grams of carbs a day. Your diet mostly consist of meats, cheese. Fats, oils, and vegetables. If you would like to read more about what the Atkins diet is click here to read my article.
The week started off rough to say the least on the first day I was so motivated for this diet and so excited to start it. Throughout the day and week I found myself sad about the delicious pasta I wouldn’t be able to eat. Your body also goes through withdraw from all the sugar you are used to eating that are in the carbs such as pasta and soda. So you start to crave that sugar about on the third day on the Atkins diet because your body burned up all the sugar and its wondering where some more is.
After you get through the third day it gets very easy to stay on track with this diet. Your body is now burning the fat that is stored in your body and also the fat you are eating. Before when you were eating carbs your body was burning the sugar and not the extra or stored fat causing you to keep weight on or gain weight. So when you eat eggs and bacon for breakfast you honestly get full until dinner. Of course I eat lunch too but your body has all that protein that you don’t get hungry as easily as you would if you’re eating sugar carbs.
I decided to weigh myself every Friday while on the Atkins diet. This was my first weigh in on the 8th of January. When I started this diet last week I weighed myself and I was 166.4 pounds! Today when I weighed myself I was 157.1! I lost a total of 9.3 pounds! I am not joking you guys I was able to lose over 9 pounds in my very first week on the Atkins Diet. It can be tough sometimes not eating pasta or bread but when I think about how I lost 9 pounds my first week it motivates me to keep on track with this diet. This diet is not another one of these fad diets this is the real deal honey and you will get results.
My Mother Louisa’s Progress:
On January 1, my family and I jumped into our New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get healthy. Being a May baby I am blessed with a good amount of determination and perseverance (okay call it stubbornness if you must) so I knew that if I committed to dieting, I would do it! Well, here is a snapshot of my first week…
Day 1: I didn’t feel very hungry because I spent the previous few days ridding the refrigerator of all Tabu foods- btw- they were delicious! Anyway, I cooked the traditional good luck foods, collards, long noodles, black eyed peas- minus the ham hocks for my vegetarian son- and substituted ham leftover from last week. I ate some of everything, but heavy on the ham. That pretty much kept me satisfied for the rest of the day.
Day 2: The family was still experiencing ‘holiday fatigue’, so I happily snacked on bacon, cheese, olives, collards more leftover ham without much complaint from my husband who fed himself while at work.
Day 3: I continued snacking on my favorite foods from the refrigerator during the day. I found a roast of beef buried in the freezer and cooked a nice dinner for the family that evening. I made baked potatoes and broccoli to round out the meal. (I didn’t eat any of the potato telling myself I could use half of it to make a nice potato salad to go along with the leftover roast beef I would eat for lunch the next day.) I did, however, mound sour cream directly onto the broccoli and slices of roast. I ate as much as I wanted.
Day 4 I nibbled on leftovers for lunch…never got to make the potato salad I craved the night before, because as it turned out my husband ate it for breakfast before I could let him in on my plan. No matter, by now I wasn’t really hungry for it anyway!
My husband had been craving seafood for several weeks so I decided to make the crab cakes and shrimp that I had planned for Christmas Eve (for the Feast of the Seven Fishes) but never got to. My nine year old granddaughter was adamant that she wouldn’t eat anything to do with fish, so I fixed spaghetti with homemade pesto sauce and salad for her and as a side for my hubby. I did put some spaghetti on my plate, but ended up licking some of the pesto off and leaving the spaghetti.
Day 5: During the day I nibbled on leftover shrimp and crab cakes. My husband had to work today and apparently filled himself up while he was on the job, because he came home and declared that he wasn’t hungry and I didn’t have to worry about him for dinner. Great! I wasn’t hungry either so I took the night off! Several cups of plain, hot tea kept me satisfied.
Day 6: I tried my best to control my uncontrollable desire for sweets with a small hunk of cream cheese sprayed with a bit of canned whipped cream and sprinkled with dark chocolate powder. It didn’t work and I ended up eating cookies and whipped cream…I stopped counting after 4 cookies and emptying the can of whipped cream! Enough said!
Day 7: I can’t believe it’s been a week already! I feel as though I did well so far. I feel good and have more energy than I’ve had in a while. The freezer is devoid of allowed foods so I have no idea of what I will be fixing for dinner until I visit the grocery store. My shopping technique is to browse the meat section looking for sales and markdown items. I walk back and forth looking at meat and thinking about how I can fix it until my mouth starts to water. That’s when it goes into the cart. My husband is craving a turkey club sandwich with French fries…I can make that work!
At the moment I am without a scale so I can’t tell you how much weight I have lost, but my stomach feels flatter and my son tells me I look slimmer so I will consider the week a success! I will try to get a scale before I check in next week…until then, happy dieting!
Read: The Atkins Diet Week 2