Is the Atkins diet plan right for you

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    Is the Atkins diet plan right for you?

    Find out more about the Atkins diet plan and answer our questions to help you decide if Atkins could be the diet for you and your lifestyle.

    Published 25/03/2010

    The Atkins diet plan can help you lose weight, maintain your optimum weight and help you towards a healthier lifestyle. Find out here whether it could work for you

    If you want to lose weight, stay at your optimal weight or adopt a healthier, more energetic lifestyle, then the Atkins diet plan, also known as the Atkins nutritional approach could be for you.

    The Atkins nutritional approach is about helping to change the way your body works; to help burn fat efficiently by reducing the amount of refined carbohydrates you eat and by eating a balanced diet with adequate levels of protein, 'good' fats and a variety of certain carbohydrates, which we call nutrient-dense carbs or 'good carbs'.

    How is it different from the original Atkins diet?

    The new Atkins Nutritional Approach is based on the same principles as the original Atkins Diet, which can help you lose weight successfully, but it has been improved in order to:

    • give you more flexibility in what you eat
    • allow you to include carbohydrates in your diet
    • help train your body to burn fat for energy rather than banning fats altogether
    • include more options for vegetarians, vegans and those who want to limit their meat intake

    Very low calorie diets should only be followed for the short term. However, this new nutritional approach is not just about dieting to lose weight; it has four distinct phases, from Induction which jumpstarts weight loss, to Lifetime Maintenance, which encourages eating habits that maintain your weight on an ongoing basis.

    Answer the following questions to see if the Atkins diet could help you:

    • Do you feel that you would like to lose some weight?
    • Do you follow diets, yet make no headway or 'get stuck' short of your goal?
    • Are you often hungry when following low-calorie diets, even after eating a meal?
    • Do you find your weight yo-yos, for example losing then gaining the same 10 to 15 pounds?
    • Do you gain weight even though you eat low-fat foods?
    • Do you constantly crave sweets, pasta, bread and other high-carbohydrate foods?
    • Do you have a strong desire to eat again within two hours of eating a filling meal?

    If you answered, "yes" to some or most of these questions, it may be that your diet is too reliant on refined carbohydrates (referred to as 'bad' carbs).

    Highly processed carbohydrates (refined sugars, bread, cereals and pastries) break down more rapidly into glucose and enter your bloodstream far faster than vegetables and other 'good' carbs. These rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels can encourage your body to store the excess glucose as fat and give you hunger pangs that might mean you eat even more. Ultimately, eating too many 'bad' carbs may favour an inability to lose weight or maintain weight loss, leaving you feeling constantly hungry. When considering a new diet, it's useful to identify what you are looking for in a weight-loss plan. Read the following statements to help you decide if Atkins could be the right diet for you*.

    I am looking for a diet that...

    • Can help to diminish cravings, naturally reduce my appetite and can help change long-standing food patterns
    • Encourages me to eat a balanced diet and recommends healthy foods as key components to the plan
    • Is flexible and allows me to eat a wide variety of foods wherever I am – at home, or at my favourite restaurants
    • Does not require me to buy expensive, pre-made meals
    • Has helped many other people to achieve their weight-loss goals
    • Can help me reach my own weight loss goals and help me keep the weight off for the long run
    • Helps me feel more energetic
    • May help minimise risk factors for certain health issues

    If you agreed with some or all of these statements then the Atkins diet plan could help you lose weight and adopt a healthier lifestyle for the long term. A healthy lifestyle is not purely about the food you eat. Ultimately you should strive to eat a balanced diet combined with regular exercise.

    *Before embarking on any diet that significantly changes your eating patterns we recommend you seek advice from a healthcare professional.

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