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Staying on the straight and narrow can sometimes be hard when you are trying to eat more healthily. Read our top tips for success here.
Making a commitment to change your eating habits for good can sometimes be difficult. So no matter which of the 4 phases of the Atkins diet plan you are on, these top tips for success can help you stay on track.
The Atkins diet plan is about eating a balanced, healthy diet. To do this, you need to know what you're eating. Atkins can help make you much more knowledgeable about nutrition. For example you'll find you learn which foods your body needs to lose or maintain weight, how to easily reduce carbs and sugar in your diet and what the food labels really mean.
Atkins doesn't make you count calories; it just requires that you use common sense and good judgement when thinking about what to eat. You probably could guess that too many calories will slow down your weight loss, but on the other hand too few will slow down your metabolism. Start with these recommendations as a minimum and adjust based on your own particular circumstances and the results that you see.
Calorie Recommendations for weight-loss:*
* Calorie recommendations vary depending on your size, gender, age and metabolism. Remember, the current GDA for a healthy woman wishing to maintain her weight is approx. 2000 calories per day, and for men 2500. You should be aiming for a long-term healthier lifestyle, which not only means eating a balanced diet, but also taking regular exercise.
Regardless of the phase you are working to, you should be eating three regular-sized meals with two snacks every day.The Atkins book includes a 2-week meal planner , recipes and lists of acceptable foods to provide inspiration as to what you can eat on the Atkins diet.
Don't worry, on the Atkins diet plan it is absolutely acceptable to snack – it's just about choosing the right foods to snack on. You can enjoy Atkins bars and shakes from day one of your new healthy eating plan and the Atkins book has lots of help and advice as to how to feel full and satisfied, as well as meal planners and lists of acceptable foods, for every stage of the plan.
The Atkins diet plan teaches you how to choose the right foods, at home, in a restaurant, even on holiday. This way, it's easier to make the right choices and stay on track.
It's really true – more water encourages your body to let go of water weight – plus it's good for you, so drink at least eight glasses a day.
You may wish to consider taking a daily multivitamin with minerals, including potassium, magnesium and calcium, but without iron, whilst you are following the plan. You may wish to consider taking your Omega 3's and 6's every day and a fibre supplement.
Whether you're aiming to lose weight, maintain your weight or simply adopt a healthy balanced diet, we would always recommend that you take some form of exercise, for a truly healthy lifestyle. By increasing your activity whilst on the Atkins diet plan we believe you will see better results, and will reach your goal faster. The recommended level of activity is 30 minutes five times a week. Please consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise regime.
Let the important people in your life know how you're doing and feeling. A bit of moral support can go a long way; if you need some encouragement, don't be afraid to ask.
You might be amazed at how much healthier you've become.
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