How do you go about "doing the Atkins Diet"? Here are the steps and all the information you need to be successful.
1) Learn All About ItIt's great to be able to find free Atkins Diet information here and other places on the net. But there's really no substitute for reading the original books by Robert Atkins or The New Atkins for a New You. Before embarking on any diet, it's important to know what you're getting yourself into over the long haul and to thoroughly understand the reasons for the food choices you'll be making. Here's a list of the Atkins Diet books with links to the best prices for each, or go to your local library. In the meantime, check out the Atkins Diet Resources on this site.
2) Learn How to Count CarbsThe Atkins Diet plan relies on knowing how much carbohydrate is in everything you eat. Therefore, it's of the greatest importance to learn about carb counting. Here are carb counts of some common foods. There are also books with carb counts, and also software you can buy. Find some of these resources here.
3) What To Eat on the Atkins DietThere are four phases to the Atkins Diet. The first phase, called Induction, is the most restrictive, and lasts two weeks. (However, Induction is optional: consider Do You Need the Atkins Induction Phase?) After that, you'll be able slowly add more carbohydrate foods back into your diet. Here are the Atkins Diet food lists:
4) Plan AheadIt's very important when starting out on a new way of eating to plan your food ahead of time. This really cannot be emphasized enough. Plan at least a week's worth of menus, and have food on hand a few days ahead of time. Then you won't be caught wondering what to eat.
The Atkins Web site has some ideas for menus for Induction.
Resources on This Site:
- Low Carb Breakfast Ideas
- Low Carb Lunch Ideas
- Low Carb Dinner Ideas
- Low Carb Snack List
- Low Carb Sample Menus (these don't strictly follow Induction rules, and are in the 20-50 grams of carb per day range)
- Low Carb Recipes
- Low Carb Super Foods