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Find out more about how the Atkins approach to dieting works, to help you decide if it's the right eating plan for you.
There are many diets and eating plans out there, so it can be difficult to know which one of them is for you. To help you decide if Atkins is the right plan for you to follow, it might help you to learn how it works.
As a simple explanation, when you eat too many carbohydrates (carbs), your body burns some of those carbs for energy and stores the excess carbs as fat. When you eat fewer carbs, especially refined carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar, your body changes to burning fat.
Atkins works by reducing the amount of certain carbs in your diet to help change your body from predominantly carb-burning to fat-burning, helping you to lose pounds whilst eating healthily.
A diet should not be a short-term thing; ultimately you should be aiming to eat more healthily as part of your everyday lifestyle, along with taking regular exercise. In addition to shedding unwanted pounds, reducing your intake of refined carbohydrates can also help you feel more energetic, so you can increase your levels of regular exercise.
Staying active is part of the plan and you can make it fun, for example go for a walk, work in your garden, play tennis with your kids or go to the driving range. By eating a healthy balanced diet and getting into a habit of moderate physical activity, you'll be well on your way to reaching your goals.
1. You can keep the weight off – once you have reached your goal weight, you can then learn how to keep the weight off by adopting a healthy balanced diet for life.The Atkins diet plan can help you with this next stage of your journey, providing quick meal ideas at home and delicious recipes for your family, ideas for snacks and even how to eat out at your favourite restaurants whilst still sticking to the plan
2. You enjoy a healthy life – once you begin to lose weight, you will probably feel and look better. Your confidence may well be increased. But perhaps most importantly, by adopting a healthy balanced diet, you can reduce a variety of health risk factors associated with being overweight, for example cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.
Adding moderate activity will help improve your overall health and wellbeing too as well as helping to tone your muscles and look even better.
It works – Atkins can teach you how to eat a better balance of foods that will encourage your body to fat-burn. Just by eating differently you can start burning fat almost immediately you begin the plan. Click here to buy the book to help support the Atkins plan.
It's simple – the Atkins Diet Plan has four phases, so it can be based on your goals and how you want to reach them. The eating plan is divided into four phases , to allow a nutritional approach that spans from losing a significant amount of weight, through to shedding the final few pounds and then a phase that allows you to adopt a healthy eating approach in the long-term. You can start your programme in any of the first three phases, and you can gain advice as to how to decide where to start and help you all along the way.
Find out more about the four optimal phases and which one is right for you.It's healthy – Atkins is about eating delicious and healthy foods. You eat a variety of fresh, nutritious foods – lean protein, leafy greens, vegetables, nuts, fruits, and whole grains.
For when you might want a sweet treat, Atkins has created a range of snacks especially to work with the diet, including bars and shakes – some designed as an everyday snack, some as a meal replacement and some as an indulgent treat. These are allowed even from day one of your diet. www.boots.ie stocks the full range of Atkins products from individual Advantage or Endulge bars through to a 14 day starter pack.
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It's flexible – you can eat the right foods for the Atkins diet to keep your body burning fat, no matter how busy you are. So you can stick with your programme at work, at home, even on holiday or when you're eating out.
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