Everything You Need to Know to About the Atkins Diet!
Whether you are new to the Atkins Nutritional Approach or you are returning after a short or lengthy absence, here you will find all of the posts I have published about the Atkins Diet, which includes in-depth articles, daily menu plans, and menu templates to help inspire you to become the best that you can be.
The Atkins Diet is not just a single diet. There are a wide variety of plans to choose from. Here, you can discover which Atkins Diet is best for you, how to implement the diet, and everything you need to know before you start. In addition to our step-by-step how-to guides for each Atkins diet, you'll also find a variety of helpful tips, cautions, and advice for solving your most pressing diet problems.
Overall, this page is devoted to everything you need to know to make your Atkins Diet more successful!
How I Lost Over 100 Pounds Series
Can You Do the Atkins Diet if Pregnant? - In this second post, I show you how I lost 20 pounds of body fat doing Atkins Lifetime Maintenance. I share quotes by Dr. Atkins regarding what he recommended for pregnant women, and show you exactly what I ate at each stage. In addition, I offer the details of the low-carb diet the doctor put me on after delivery.
My Second Attempt at the Atkins Diet - Atkins 92 brought a few major changes to the Atkins Diet because you could now choose to create your own Induction Plan. However, after watching how others implemented the diet, I decided to do it by the book instead. This post details the results of that choice.
How to Hang Onto Your Weight Loss When Challenges Arise - Life never stays calm for long, so when my ex ran off with someone he met over the internet, I moved into maintenance to help hold onto what I'd accomplished so far. This post shares what I did and how well it worked out.
How Vertigo Changed My Low-Carb Lifestyle - Weight regain is not always due to lame excuses. Sometimes, circumstances are beyond our control, so in this post, I talk about how being struck with vertigo affected my low-carb lifestyle. Included are the struggles I went through trying to get a Meniere's Disease diagnosis.
The Shocking Evolution of the Atkins Diet - I didn't expect the Atkins Diet to change as much as it did, but I also didn't expect the low-carb community to decide that Atkins was now a high-fat diet. This article deals with how I arrived at the Atkins 2002 doorstep, as well as what happened to me when I tried to do the new Atkins.
Is Your Self Worth Determined by the Size of Your Jeans? - Before you can even think about how to tweak the Atkins Diet, you need to learn how to ditch those feelings of inferiority that being overweight or obese often bring. Learn what causes inferiority and how to get rid of it for good!
What to DO If the Atkins Diet Isn't Working for You - In this post, I begin to show you exactly what I did to tweak the Atkins Diet and lose over 100 pounds. Includes a 2002 menu taken from the book to support my research and views.
What I Had to Do to Ditch the 100 Pounds - This is the final post in the series. I share how I created the PSMF Diet that I used to lose the weight, explain what I ate during the weight-loss phase, and share how you can do something similar to your own Atkins Diet.
Are You Getting Enough Protein? - Many low carbers are terrified of protein turning into glucose, but if you don't enough, you will actually go into starvation mode. Get pictures of adequate protein sizes to check out if you're eating what you need.
Are You Eating Enough Carbohydrates? - Once you have fine-tuned your protein to fit your needs, it's time to examine your carbohydrate intake. If you stay at Induction levels too long, your metabolism can actually slow down due to the stress it places on the body. Here's how to correct that.
How to Tweak Your Fat and Calories to Get the Results that You Want - This is the final post in the series. Once you have set yourself up with the right amount of protein, know the highest level of carbohydrate that your body can use on a daily basis, it's time to take a close, in-depth look at your dietary fat and calories.
What is it Really Like to Lose Over 100 Pounds?
11 Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Atkins - This article shares what it was really like to lose over 100 pounds, and addresses several things I wish I'd known before starting my weight loss journey. This article doesn't hold anything back. You get the ugly stuff as well as the benefits.
Atkins Menus and Templates
Atkins 72 Induction Menu with Recipes - If you're thinking about doing the original Atkins Diet, this quick-start quide to Atkins 72 will tell you everything you need to know to get started right away. Includes a 7-day Induction menu with recipes and a shopping list.
7-Day Ketogenic Diet Menu for Atkins Induction - The traditional Atkins Diet requires you to go through a one- to two-week Induction period, depending on the version you're following. In this article, you'll discover what Atkins Induction can do for you and how to get started. The 7-day menu is just a sample, but an easy way to sail through Induction if you're not a foodie.
Low-Carb Diet Plan Templates for Atkins Induction and OWL - If you're looking for a basic guide on how to create an Atkins Diet menu, this simple Atkins meal planner offers a basic template you can use to create your own Phase 1 and Phase 2 menus. Just plug your favorite low-carb foods into the menu, and you'll have a handy guide to help you stay on plan.
What Can I Eat On Atkins Induction? - Atkins Induction can be quite startling for those who are used to eating a heavy-carb diet. If you need help, we can walk you through how to do Induction and offer tips, advice, and recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Also includes links to low-carb recipe sites.
Atkins Induction (Phase 1)
How to Do the Atkins Induction Diet Correctly - This is our mega guide that's completely devoted to showing you the in's and out's of doing Atkins. Learn what Atkins Induction can do for you, why salt is important to your diet, and check out the extensive low-carb food lists that can help you sail through Phase 1 effortlessly.
Do I HAVE to Start with Atkins Induction? - Let's face it. Atkins Induction is HARD. It's a dramatic shift from the way you're used to eating. Do you have to cut back to only 20 net carbs per day to get into ketosis? Read this article and find out.
New to the Atkins Diet? Advice for Beginners - The first month on Atkins can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if had expectations that are not being met. Learn how effective the Atkins Diet actually is, the price that's attached to previous yo-yo dieting, and the 3 secrets you must know to reach your weight-loss target and stay there.
How to Make it Through Atkins Induction - A low-carb diet requires your body to make a huge adjustment, but it can be just as frustrating to get your mind in the game. Check out these essential tips for getting into ketosis easier and arm yourself with the information you need to complete Phase 1 successfully.
Are You Making One of These 12 Atkins Induction Mistakes? - Atkins comes with 12 rules for Induction that you might not know about if you haven't read and studied the book. However, this article goes well beyond the rules. Here, you'll become privy to the 12 top mistakes that many dieter make when they try to do Atkins, Phase 1. Are you making any of them?
Struggling on Induction? 5 Fail-Proof Strategies can Help - If this isn't your first time going through Atkins Induction, you might be mentally struggling to make it work. Feelings of deprivation and constantly worrying about the scale not moving can make you feel miserable. If you're having a hard time getting through the first two weeks, these 5 real-life strategies can give you the ammunition you need to finally succeed.
Are You Abusing Atkins Induction? - Do you use Atkins Induction when trying to recover from a cheat day? If so, then you really need to read this article. Dr. Atkins gave severe warnings to those who decide to waffle between Induction and cheating.
The Chinese Restaurant Effect - While reading Dr. Bernstein's book, The Diabetic Solution, I came across an interesting phenomenon called the Chinese Restaurant Effect. This theory might explain why Dr. Atkins used the cup method for measuring carbs on Induction instead of using the actual carbohydrate count in grams.
Atkins OWL (Phase 2)
Atkins Induction Blues: Why Am I Not Losing Weight After Induction? - Once Induction ends, it's typical to go into a lengthy 2 to 6 week stall. This article explains why the fast results you saw during Phase 1 will not continue, why weight loss might have slowed down or stopped, and what you can do to get your mind in the game.
Dr. Atkins Views on Low-Carb Sustainability - The media and most of the medical community believe a low-carb diet isn't sustainable, but that isn't true. To help you achieve your ideals, this article delves into the real reasons why so many dieters are not making it all the way to goal weight. Empower yourself to succeed by doing the Atkins Diet as it was intended.
31 Reasons You are Not Losing Weight on Atkins (The Ultimate Guide) - Whether you're new to Atkins and are not losing weight as quickly as you thought you would, have returned and are not losing like you did last time, or have reached a stall or weight-loss plateau, this article addresses everything I know about why weight loss might have stopped.
How to Do Atkins 72: An Alternative Low-Carb Plan - While you can't get out of eating at a deficit, no matter how low your carbohydrate intake is, the original Atkins Diet offers a lower carb Induction plan than modern-day versions. Appropriate for those with extreme insulin resistance, if you haven't been able to get into ketosis on a higher carb Induction, maybe this simple 1972 Atkins program will work better for you. Get all of the details and a sample menu here.
Why is the Original Atkins Diet Better for Weight Loss? - When Atkins dieters stall, they go searching for alternative methods to get the scales moving down again. Many turn to the 1972 version, which used total carbs instead of net, eliminated all low-carb products, and started you off at a carb level that was biologically zero. This article details the weaknesses of the current Atkins Diet and explains why the original diet might be a better fit.
Personalize Your Low-Carb Diet Plan with Atkins 72 - This is the last post in a 9-part series that detailed my weight-loss journey from 2007 to 2008. In this post, you'll find plenty of candid advice on how to go about personalizing your weight-loss diet by using Atkins 72. If you've stalled out, you're eating at maintenance. That's the bottom line, so this article offers tips and tricks for fixing the problem.
Atkins 20 and 40
Atkins 40: New Flexible Atkins Diet Plan - The new Atkins kid on the block, Atkins 40 is designed for those with less than 40 pounds to lose. Since only 1 in 3 overweight individuals have insulin resistance, the ANA created a more relaxed low-carb plan for those who don't have blood glucose issues. This articles describes the plan in full and explains how to do it appropriately.
Why Am I Not Losing Weight on Atkins 40? - Atkins 40 takes a different approach to weight loss than any of the previous diets, so you can't expect to see the same results as lower-carb plans. This article outlines 6 major reasons why you might not be seeing the number on the scale go down and offers tips and advice for making the diet more successful.