Atkins Diet Food List – Best way to lose weight?

Add a comment April 9th, 2010

atkins diet food listThe Atkins diet frequently gets a bad rap in the media.  But is it for a reason?

Pros:

  • You get to eat forbidden foods! Who can resist a program that tells you to eat steak, butter, cream, and other oils and fats on a daily basis?
  • You only have to keep track of carbs. Once you get the basics of how to limit your carbs, that’s about all the work you have to do to fill in the rest of your diet.
  • Everyone’s heard of it. There’s limitless information and support everywhere for people on the Atkins diet.  Restaurants know how to accomodate you, and you can get all your diet questions answered quickly.

Cons:

  • Everyone’s heard of it. Almost everyone has misconceptions about the Atkins diet, and you’ll find yourself frequently defending your diet and food choices because of it.
  • You have to keep track of carbs. You have to count carbs, and you have to watch all your friends eating delicious pastas, bread, and sandwiches while you request the bun removed from your burger.
  • Induction phase. Although it’s only supposed to last two weeks, some people can’t get past the “carb crash” that can come after 3-5 days.
  • Getting your necessary nutrients on such low carbs. Vitamins and minerals can technically be replaced by supplements, but nothing can replace the healthy value of real, organic foods.
  • Boredom. It wasn’t until I tried the low-carb life that I realized just how many foods have carbs in them!  Atkins can get very boring very quickly.
  • Experimenting with carb levels after induction. You really have to pay attention to how many carbs a day is the right amount for you.

So is it worth it?

Truth be told, for me the Atkins diet was a pretty big hassle.  Defending it to friends, counting carbs, not eating everything I wanted.

Fortunately, I came across a diet that eliminates all the counting in the Atkins diet.  It also lets you eat anything you want for 3 days (This alone was worth it for me!).

Their website was a little strange, but the only thing that matters in a diet is if it works, right?

I’ve been able to lose 9 pounds in 11 days on this diet, and so far I’ve been averaging a solid 6-8 pounds a week.  Not bad for hardly paying attention to what I’m eating if you ask me.

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