Slim Down for Summer





Introduction: Slim Down for Summer

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Did you know that over 60% of US adults are overweight or obese in some manner? If you are among them, or you just want to drop a few pounds to fit into that new bikini that you bought, then the Atkins diet is right for you. This diet has been proved successful by Dr. Atkins himself. Over ten-thousand people have been successfully treated using the methods that I will explain later in the Instructible.

According to Wikipedia:
The Atkins Nutritional Approach, popularly known as the Atkins Diet or just Atkins, is the most marketed and well-known low-carbohydrate diet. It was adapted by Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1960s from a diet he read in the Journal of the American Medical Association and utilized to resolve his own overweight condition following medical school and graduate medical training. After successfully treating over ten thousand patients, he popularized the Atkins diet in a series of books, starting with Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution in 1972. In his revised book, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Atkins updated some of his ideas, but remained faithful to the original concepts.

I personally have lost over twenty pounds from this amazing program (Went from 185 to 163), and I can testify that everything explained from here is extremely effective, and will work wonders if you use it correctly. If you are still interested in losing weight, read on.

Step 1: How the Atkins Diet Works

Right now you are probably like most other consumers following the standard food pyramid, consisting of some variation of the five basic food groups.

Chances are you do not follow the USDA recommendation to the letter, but you get by eating 2-3 servings of dairy, 2-4 servings of fruit, and 6-11 servings of grains

The key to the Atkins diet is this: if you cut off carbohydrate intake (from flour, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup), then the body will alter its metabolism to burn stored fat instead of the fast-burning quick-energy from carbs.

This is achieved by halting your intake of bread, sugar, juice, anything with carbohydrates in it. This causes your body to enter a state of ketosis. when your body is in ketosis, it burns the fat that it has stored for energy in the past. By continuing to restrict carbs, your body keeps burning fat, and you lose weight until you gradually add carbs back in to your diet to stabilize the effect. The carbohydrate content of a food can be found on its nutrition facts.

Before anyone asks, it is not dangerous to live without consuming carbohydrates. This is explained very well in an article that I have linked to previously in this step, and in Dr. Atkins' book. I highly suggest it, it is a really good read.

Step 2: Your Diet: the Do's and Dont's

VITAMINS, VITAMINS, VITAMINS!!! If you go on this diet a daily vitamin supplement is absolutely necessary If you cut out certain foods from your diet you lose the nutrients that keep you healthy. To all the haters who feel the need to post nasty comments about loss of key nutrients, this is a very important aspect of the diet.

Let me get this out of the way now. No sugar. You must stop consuming all foods (with the exception of some - see later) that contain sugar.

This means that all candy, sweets, cookies, anything that is made of bread and/or sugar has to go - at least for a while. There is no restriction on the approved foods that you can eat (again - see later), however it is important that you don't cheat during the first initial weeks of the diet.

Now would be a good time to mention that I lost all my weight (22 pounds) in about a month and a week, so don't fret! You will be back eating what you love soon! (hopefully after summer)

Prohibited Foods

In addition to the above, you may not consume:

Any other manifestation of flour
All processed liquids with the exception of diet anything: soda, iced tea, etc. (I personally took a liking to diet green tea during my stay at the Atkins hotel)
Orange juice included
Chocolate (Sorry women!)
Beer, wine, and booze in general
Starch - Starch is the enemy!! No French fries!!!! Also, no carrots, radishes, beets, or other root veggies!!

Yummy Approved Foods

This is where the Atkins diet really shines! You can eat virtually as much of anything below as you can eat! Om nom nom!!

Eggs - Two every morning with sausage and bacon--That's a feast!!
Breakfast meats
Nuts - Eat sparingly, but use them as an alternative to chips, snacks, whatever.
MEAT - Lots and lots of it! Eat all you can! You never go hungry on this diet!!
Fish - Almost as good as meat
Other sea critters - Mussels, clams, you name it
Cheese - Your new best friend
Veggies - A salad works well with meals, fruit in the morning if you can stomach it after the whopping breakfast you've eaten (No carrots, radishes, or root veggies)
Fruits - These have sugar, so don't eat a whopping ton, but enjoy one once or twice a week.

Step 3: Managing Your Diet: How to Eat

As I said before, you are allowed as much of these approved foods as you can eat. You must be careful with how you eat over time, however.

The First Week

So you've decided to give it a try. Good job, you're on your way to being as slim as you want! The first week of the diet is always the hardest though. Just stick with the approved foods and you should be fine. Side affects may include mild headaches, cravings for carbs, and being completely full of foods that are great for you.

There is something I've left out however: The Atkins diet does leave for some carb intake daily. The first week you are allowed 10 net carbs per day. This amounts to a small chocolate or a really small cookie or some bread (one piece). Don't go overboard, I completely ignored this little fact the first week I dieted and lost about 10 pounds (in one week! I thought it was impossible!).

Once you get into a routine, it goes much quicker than you might think. My meals consisted of eggs and bacon for breakfast, cheese, sausages, nuts and hard boiled eggs for lunch, and one of Atkins' recipes for dinner.

Additional Weeks

All right, if you're through your first week, the storm has passed! Simply continue doing what you are doing until you are comfortable with your weight. For each additional week you may add 10 carbohydrates to your daily diet until you reach the level you were at previously, or a level you were comfortable with.

Be sure to lower your carb intake if you experience any more weight gain. Weigh yourself every day to keep you eating healthy and from returning to your previous weight.

I hope you have enjoyed this Instructible, please give me a +1 of you felt that this was well thought out. Cheers everyone, and good luck with losing your weight!!



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    I'm really curious to try an atkins (like) diet, the food side wouldn't be that much of a problem, it's not a million miles away away from what I eat now anyway, my problem would be drinks, when I'm working, or around the house I *LOVE* milk, and when I'm out with friends I *LOVE* Beer/cyder GRRRrrrrr, there's always a catch!

    Regarding beer and cider, how much carbs in in a bowl of pasta or a plate of french fries, compared to the carbs in a beer? Clearly the beer has less carbs. Heck a full bottle of vodka probably has less carbs then a spaghetti dinner. Anyway while I was losing weight I didn't stop having a few beers with pals in the evenings. I just stopped eating bread during the day and stopped eating potatochips or fries with the beer. Sure you'll lose weight quicker if you stop drinking beer or if you drink low carb beers. But no, you don't have to stop having a few beers to do atkins. You can, but you don't have to. In my opinion, most of what keeps you from losing weight is what you eat during the day, not so much some beer you have with friends in the evening. So as far as I know, atkins diets doesn't mean you have to eat zero carbs, just cutting way back on the carbs.

    I've been on the Atkins (or my version of it LOL) for about five months or so now. I completely dropped cows milk (I now drink protein shakes made with almond milk around the house), and I did drop beer totally for a while, but missed it too much so I'm back to boozing it up again ;^> It depends on the beer obviously, but around four pints takes me right up to my daily carb limit (I just don't count the beer after that LOL), Interesting you brought up vodka though, it's actually one of the lowest carb drinks out there, if only the same was true of beer.

    So far I've lost about half the weight I want to, so I can't be doing anything that wrong LOL

    I have to say that I really don't agree with Atkins. Not only has it been proven to be unhealthy and dangerous, it's also a diet that will cause large amounts of yo-yo-ing. And, YES, it is very dangerous to live without consuming carbs. Carbs are so very important, and starving yourself of them isn't helping anything. Not to mention that the amount of unhealthy fat consumed with this diet can lead to several other health problems. It just makes me very upset that people will use faux-science diets like this to lose weight without researching the consequences. :(

    Atkins is NOT about "NO carbs" is about limiting carbs in an appropriate way. Anyone who thinks it is unhealthful because it means "0 carbs" hasn't read the book...

    Exactly, anyone who has the book knows it's not no carbs, just cutting that way back. And she is sorta right that people can yo-yo, it's absolutely true, if someone got fat from eating lots of bread and they go back to eating lots of bread, sure they will get fat again. They will have to stop doing whatever caused their problem, but every diet has that problem.

    I don't believe this is healthy. All the fat and cholesterol. I believe in simply not eating grain, but enjoying lots of fruits and vegetables. Fish is good too.

    I've done atkins for a couple years, it's great and about as simple as just not eating bread, pie and french fries. You can be more granular, but really it's very hard. I lost 50 pounds over a year just eating wings, bacon, meats, veggies, nuts and salads. All kinds of Japanese foods, though I cut back on the rice. I lost the weight I wanted, but I still don't eat much carbs. And the benefits are great. Low cholesterol so my doctor isn't complaining. My bicycle got 50 pounds lighter. And I'm not getting cavities. So just win win win!

    I think the atkins diet does work, but by the simple reason of you end up consuming less calories.
    Don't forget Dr Atkins died overweight with heart failure....

    It appears you've been doubly misinformed on both counts: 

    "... consuming less calories."? You clearly aren't familiar with the Atkins program.

    Snopes account of Atkins death does not support your speculation.