Saturday, October 4, 2014

THE PROGRAM: PHASE 1 When to Move On

After two weeks on Atkins, it’s decision time. Assuming you’ve been following the program correctly and have lost weight over the last two weeks, you can choose to remain in Phase 1 (Kick-Start) or transition to Phase 2 (Balancing).

The Fast Track

If you’re motivated by quick weight loss and thrive on structure and a minimum of choices, you may choose to stay in Phase 1 beyond two weeks. To make this process easier, as well as set the stage for when you do decide to move on:
  • Continue to consume 20 grams of Net Carbs a day beyond the first two weeks.
  • Try adding nuts and seeds to your list of acceptable foods. Nuts are full of protein and healthy fats and are relatively low in Net Carbs, thanks to their high fiber content.
To make it easy, swap out 3 grams of Net Carbs from other foods, such as 1/2 cup of green beans, a smallish tomato, or 11/2 cups mixed greens, for 3 grams of nuts or seeds, but without letting your intake of foundation veggies dip below 12 grams of Net Carbs. (You’ll still have 5 grams for Atkins bars and shakes, sweeteners, dressings, or condiments.) 

As a quick guide, 3 grams of Net Carbs of nuts or seeds translates to 30 almonds, 3 tablespoons macadamia nuts, 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 2 tablespoons pistachios, or 4 tablespoons shelled sunflower seeds; 24 walnut halves come in at 3.4 grams. Portion out nuts and seeds in advance to avoid overeating. A couple of tablespoons of walnuts, almonds, pecans, or pumpkin seeds make a great snack.

Or top a salad with sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts. You can also now have other nut and seed butters (stuff them into celery sticks) or coconut, almond, and other nut flours (available in the baking section or specialty foods aisle of the supermarket).

Transition to Phase 2 (Balancing) no later than when you’re within 15 pounds of your goal weight. At that point it’s time to start transitioning to a permanent way of eating by introducing foods higher up the Carb Ladder.

Slow and Steady

Alternatively, you may choose to lose the bulk of your weight in Phase 2 (Balancing). If you’re comfortable with a slower, steadier rate of weight loss, after two weeks (or a few more) start to climb the Carb Ladder. You begin adding Balancing foods in 5g increments. The gradual increase in Net Carb intake and reintroduction of new foods allows you to continue to shave off pounds and inches, maintain appetite control, and feel energetic. You’ll also gradually come to understand which, if any, foods trigger cravings for more of the same and/ or interfere with weight loss.

You may find that you’re comfortable at a relatively low level of Net Carbs a day, perhaps 25 to 35 grams, which is not all that different from Kick-Start but does allow you to eat such delicious, nutritious food as nuts and seeds and then berries, melon, and cherries. Next you’ll move on to Greek yogurt and fresh cheeses. Or you may find you can go considerably higher, say 50 or 60 grams of Net Carbs or even more, which will allow you to include legumes and some vegetable juices.

Friday, October 3, 2014

THE PROGRAM: PHASE 1 Supporting You During this Phase


Q. Do I have to start Atkins in Phase 1?

A. No. You can start in any of the first three phases. If you have just a few pounds to lose, up to about 15, you can probably start in Phase 2 (Balancing) at 25 to 30 grams of Net Carbs a day. If you are heavier, you can also start here, but it could take considerably longer to lose weight without the kick-start that you get in Phase 1. You can also begin in Phase 3 (Fine-Tuning) at, say, 45 grams of Net Carbs a day if you have very little weight to lose or are willing to shed it very slowly.

Q. Do I have to count carbs if I follow the meal plans exactly?

A. No. However, it’s unlikely that you’ll follow them to the letter day in and day out unless you eat every meal at home, so it’s a good idea to use the Atkins Carb Counter. Also, if you aren’t precise about serving size, you may be consuming more carbs than the meal plan indicates. In any case, it’s important to know how to count carbs (actually, grams of Net Carbs) as you start to add back more foods. Counting provides a double check that improves your likelihood of success from the start.

Q. Must I have two snacks a day?

A. Not necessarily. If you’re having four or five small meals a day, you may not feel the need for snacks, but be very careful not to go more than four to six hours between meals. Instead, have a hot drink, perhaps a cup of broth.

Q. What is water weight loss?

A. The first few pounds you lose on any weight-loss program are primarily water, and Atkins has a particularly diuretic effect. That’s why it’s essential to drink plenty of water and other fluids, eat your foundation veggies, and take a multivitamin-mineral supplement to replace the electrolytes you’ll be flushing out of your body along with the excess fluid. After the first few days you’ll be losing primarily body fat.

Q. Can I eat as much protein and fat as I wish?

A. No. Eating excessive protein will make you sluggish and interfere with weight loss. Overeat fat and you’ll burn it and not body fat for energy.

Q. Why do I have to drink so much water?

A. Most people are borderline dehydrated all the time. Drinking enough fluid helps flush toxins from your body, combats constipation and bad breath, lubricates your joints, and is important to your overall health. Staying hydrated also assists with weight loss. Remember, some of your water requirement can be satisfied with coffee, tea, or other clear beverages, including broth.

Q. Most bacon is sugar or maple cured. Does that mean I can’t eat bacon?

A. Bacon is fine in moderation. Any residual sugar from the curing process in bacon, ham, or other pork products is burned off when you cook it.

Q. Why do the carb counts for some vegetables differ depending upon whether they’re raw or cooked?

A. Cooking compacts vegetables such as spinach or cabbage significantly. Carb counts reflect the cooked amount. Chopping or grating a vegetable also compacts it more than slicing does, and that impacts the carb count as well.

Q. Can I have dessert in Phase 1?

A. Yes, as long as you get your quota of foundation vegetables and don’t exceed your Net Carb daily limit. A dessert should contain no more than 3 grams of Net Carbs per serving. An Atkins Endulge bar or one of our dessert recipes is a good choice.

Q. Can I eat more carbs one day if I cut back the next?

A. By maintaining a constant level of carb intake from day to day, you’re more likely to keep your blood sugar on an even keel. But a range of 3 or 4 grams of Net Carbs from one day to the next should not create a problem as long as your average intake is consistent. If you do overindulge one day, simply return to your current level the next day.

Q. Why can’t I do Atkins during the week and then take the weekend off?

A. Doing so will mean that you’re consistently returning to a primarily blood sugar metabolism for two days. It then takes several days to reignite your fat-burning engine. Stopping and starting, known as “carb cycling,” will lessen the likelihood that you’ll lose weight or keep it off.

Q. Will drinking caffeinated beverages interfere with weight loss?

A. Caffeine itself doesn’t slow weight loss. Drinking a few cups of coffee or tea each day actually produces numerous health benefits. However, have your beverages without sugar or honey. Noncaloric sweeteners are okay, but have no more than three packets a day. Also lighten these beverages with cream, half- and-half, or acceptable dairy substitutes, not milk. 

Q. Can I consume beer, wine, or other alcohol in Phase 1?

A. No. However, once you transition to Phase 2, you can consume moderate amounts of most alcoholic beverages, assuming it doesn’t interfere with weight loss.

Q. If the object is to stay at 20 grams of Net Carbs a day, why can’t I have Atkins bars and shakes or a slice of bread instead of all those vegetables?

A. You’re not just tracking your carb intake; you’re also aiming for a well-balanced meal plan full of vitamins and other nutrients provided by vegetables, along with fiber to help manage your hunger. One slice of bread might represent the balance of your daily carb intake in Phase 1, which would put your blood sugar back on the roller coaster.

Q. Why can’t I drink tomato or orange juice with my breakfast?

A. The juicing process removes all or most of the fiber in fruit and vegetables, concentrating the sugar hit. You’ll be able to introduce tomato juice in Phase 2. In Phase 3, oranges and other citrus fruits are acceptable. 

Q. Why is cream allowed in Phase 1 but not milk?

A. Strange as it may seem, milk is higher in carbs than cream, thanks to the lactose (a form of sugar). In Phase 2 you can reintroduce small amounts of whole milk. Or dilute cream with some water, if you prefer.

Q. I’m experiencing cravings for sweets and other high-carb foods such as muffins, bread, and chips. How do I stay in control of my appetite?

A. Most likely your blood sugar levels have not yet stabilized, which usually occurs after the fifth day on Atkins. Once you’re burning fat for energy, it acts as a natural appetite suppressant. Sometimes women have cravings right before their menstrual period. Or you may be going too long between meals or snacks, eating foods that contain hidden sugars or grains, or not consuming enough fat. When you experience cravings for high-carb foods, have an Atkins Advantage bar or shake, half a Hass avocado, some cheese, or some olives instead. Hunger and cravings can also be confused with thirst, so drink up.

Q. I am having a hard time staying motivated. What should I do?

A. It’s definitely easier to achieve any goal with someone who has your back. Find a buddy who wants to lose weight too, whether it’s your significant other, a friend or family member or someone in the Atkins Community. He/she can help you stay on track and achieve your goals.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

THE PROGRAM: PHASE 1 What Low Carb Foods You Can Eat in this Phase

Our low carb food list is an easy guide to your Phase 1 eating plan. Most fish, poultry and meat don't contain carbs so you can feel free to enjoy them, but use the low carb food list to be sure you're also getting your 12 to 15 grams of net carbs in vegetables as well.** 

All fish including:

FlounderHerring, Salmon, Sardines, Sole, Tuna, Trout, Cod, Halibut

All fowl including:

Cornish hen , Chicken, Duck, Goose, Pheasant, Quail, Turkey, Ostrich

All shellfish including:

Clams , Crabmeat, Mussels*, Oysters*, Shrimp, Squid, Lobster

*Oysters and mussels are higher in carbs so limit to about 4 ounces per day.

All meat including:

Bacon* , Beef, Ham*, Lamb, Veal, Venison

Some processed meat, bacon, and ham is cured with sugar, which will add to the carb count. Also steer clear of cold cuts and other meats with added nitrates.

Eggs are one of nature's most nutritious creations. That’s why eggs are a staple breakfast in the Atkins Nutritional Approach.

Feel free to get creative with your eggs: Add mushrooms and onions, or even green pepper. Top the dish off with feta cheese or add basil, oregano and other herbs.

Eggs in any style, including: 

Deviled Fried, Hard-boiled, Omelets, Poached, Scrambled, Soft-boiled

Keep in mind that cheese does contain carbs, about 1 gram per ounce. You may have about 3 to 4 ounces of cheese per day. An ounce is about the size of an individually wrapped slice of American cheese or a 1" cube.


You should be eating approximately 12 to 15 grams of net carbs per day in the form of vegetables, which is equivalent to several cups depending on the actual carb content of the veggies you select. 
1 cup is roughly the size of a baseball. Measure the following salad vegetables raw.    

VegetableServing Size/Prep grams of net carbs
Alfalfa sprouts½ cup/raw0.2
Arugula1 cup/raw0.4
Bok choy1 cup/raw0.4
Celery1 stalk0.8
Chicory greens½ cup/raw0.1
Chives1 tablespoon0.1
Cucumber½ cup1.0
Daikon½ cup1.0
Endive½ cup0.4
Escarole½ cup0.1
Fennel½ cup1.8
Jicama½ cup2.5
Iceberg lettuce1 cup0.2
Mushrooms½ cup1.2
Parsley1 tablespoon0.1
Peppers½ cup/raw2.3
Radicchio½ cup/raw0.7
Romaine lettuce1 cup0.4

The following vegetables are slightly higher in carbs than the salad vegetables listed above. They also provide important nutrients and add variety to your daily foods. Make sure you stay within the 12-15 grams of net carbs. Unless otherwise noted, measure these veggies after you cook them. 

VegetableServing Size/ PrepNet Carbs
Artichoke1/2 medium3.5
Asparagus6 spears2.4
Artichoke hearts1 canned1.0
Avocados½ whole (raw)1.8
Bamboo shoots½ cup1.2
Broccoli½ cup1.7
Broccoli raw½ cup0.8
Broccoli rabe½ cup2.0
Broccoflower½ cup2.3
Brussels sprouts¼ cup1.8
Cabbage½ cup (raw)1.6
Cauliflower½ cup (raw)1.4
Swiss chard½ cup1.8
Collard greens½ cup boiled2.0
Eggplant½ cup2.0
Green String Beans1 cup4.1
Hearts of palm1 heart0.7
Kale½ cup2.4
Kohlrabi¼ cup2.3
Leeks½ cup3.4
Okra½ cup2.4
Olives green50.1
Olives black50.7
Onion¼ cup4.3
Pumpkin¼ cup2.4
Rhubarb½ cup (unsweetened)1.7
Sauerkraut½ cup (drained)1.2
Snow peas and snap peas in pod½ cup with pods3.4
Spaghetti squash¼ cup boiled2.0
Spinach½ cup2.2
Summer squash½ cup2.6
Tomato¼ cup4.3
Turnips½ cup3.3
Water chestnuts¼ cup (canned)3.5
Zucchini½ cup1.5

Salad Garnishes

Crumbled bacon3 slices0.0
Hard-boiled egg1 egg0.5
Grated cheeses(see above carb counts) 
Sautéed mushrooms½ cup1.0
Sour cream2 tbs1.2

Herbs and Spices (make sure they contain no added sugar)

Basil1 tbs0.0
Cayenne pepper1 tbs0.0
Cilantro1 tbs0.0
Dill1 tbs0.0
Garlic1 clove0.9
Ginger1 tbs sliced root0.8
Oregano1 tbs0.0
Pepper1 tbs0.0
Rosemary1 tbs0.0
Sage1 tbs0.0
Tarragon1 tbs0.0

Salad Dressings - Any prepared salad dressing with no added sugar and no more then 2 grams of net carbs per serving (1-2 tablespoons) is acceptable. Or make your own.

Blue cheese2 tbs2.3
Caesar2 tbs0.5
Italian2 tbs3.0
Lemon juice2 tbs2.8
Lime juice2 tbs2.8
Oil and vinegar2 tbs1.0
Ranch2 tbs1.4

Fats and Oils 

There are no carbs here, but keep in mind that the serving size is approximately 1 tablespoon.

Butter, Mayonnaise – make sure it has no added sugar, Olive oil, Vegetable oils – Those labeled “cold pressed” or “expeller pressed” are especially good and olive oil is one of the best. Canola*, Walnut, Soybean*, Grape seed*, Sesame, Sunflower*, Safflower*

*Do not allow any oils to reach overly high temperatures when cooking. Use olive oil for sautéing only. Use walnut or sesame oil to dress cooked veggies or salad, but not for cooking.

Artificial Sweeteners
Splenda – one packet equals 1 gram of net carbs 
Clear broth/ bouillon (make sure it has no sugars added)
Club soda
Cream, heavy or light.
Decaffeinated or regular coffee and tea*
Diet soda (be sure to note the carb count)
Flavored seltzer (must say no calories)
Herb tea (without added barley or fruit sugar added)
Unflavored soy/almond milk
Water – at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day including...
Filtered water
Mineral water
Spring water
Tap water

* One to two cups of caffeinated tea or coffee is allowed as desired and tolerated by each individual. If you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia or cravings as a result, do not use caffeine. If you have a true caffeine addiction, it is best to break the habit during the induction phase.

* Limit lemon and lime juices to 3 T per day

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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THE PROGRAM: PHASE 1 Objectives of Induction (Kick-Start)

How long

A minimum of two weeks, but you may safely follow it for much longer if you have a lot of excess weight to lose or prefer to lose most of your excess pounds relatively quickly, using the Fast Track. In this case, you’ll stay in this phase until you’re 15 pounds from goal weight. 


Shift your body from burning primarily carbs to burning primarily fat, kick-starting weight loss.


Significantly drop your daily Net Carb intake to an average of 20 grams (no less than 18 and no more than 22) of Net Carbs, the level at which almost anyone begins to burn primarily fat. 

>>> Next Step: How to do Induction Right

Have three meals and two snacks a day.

Never starve yourself or go more than three or four waking hours without eating. If you prefer, have five or even six small meals. You never want to allow yourself to become ravenously hungry. That can open the door to eating whatever’s at hand. Not a good idea!
Consume 20 grams of Net Carbs a day.

Of these, 12–15 grams should be in the form of foundation vegetables. It’s fine to average 20 grams a day over several days, but don’t go below 18 grams or above 22 on a single day. Dropping below 18 probably won’t make you lose weight any faster and is unlikely to satisfy your vegetable requirement. Going above 22 could interfere with triggering weight loss. Select carb foods from the list of Phase 1 acceptable foods.

Eat sufficient protein at every meal.

As you now know, protein plays a key role in weight loss and protects lean muscle mass, so you lose only fat.

Don’t restrict fats.

Consuming fat is essential to slimming down on Atkins. Fat also heightens the flavor of foods and enables your body to absorb certain vitamins. Always accompany a carb snack with either fat or protein. For example, have cucumber slices with a piece of cheese.

Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.

Two of these can be replaced with coffee or tea. Another 2 cups can be replaced with beef, chicken, or vegetable broth (not the low sodium kind). 

Avoid dehydration or electrolyte imbalance.

The perfectly normal initial loss of water weight can lead to light-headedness and other symptoms and rob you of energy. These symptoms disappear once you’re burning primarily fat, but in the meantime, be sure to consume sufficient salt in the form of salty broth, salt, tamari, or soy sauce. 

Watch out for hidden carbs.

Read food labels carefully, particularly on condiments. In restaurants, ask for oil and vinegar to dress your salad, request sauces on the side, and feel free to ask the server what’s in a dish. 

Use sugar substitutes—in moderation.

That means no more than three packets a day.

Use only Atkins low-carb products.

Most of these have been tested to ensure that their impact on your blood sugar level is minimal. The majority of them are coded for Phase 1. 

Acceptable Foods only.

Eat nothing that isn’t on the list of Phase 1 acceptable foods, unless you plan to continue on Phase 1 for longer than two weeks. If so, then it is acceptable to add nuts and seeds.


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Phase 1 Induction meal...

Food you can eat in Phase 1 Atkins
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What you can eat during Phase 1 Induction in Atkins Diet?

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