Atkins is a little different than a typical low carb diet, with specific rules and food lists for all the different phases. If you’re thinking of starting Atkins but still have questions here’s a quick list of the the most common Atkins frequently asked questions.
How Much Weight Can I Lose?
While it’s not uncommon to experience significant or rapid weight loss while on Atkins, the quantity of pounds lost will be different for everyone. Here’s what is true for most people:
1) The larger the weight loss goal, the larger the quantity of pounds you can expect to lose. Someone trying to lose 100 pounds will have a much higher pounds lost total, compared to someone trying to lose 20 pounds.
2) Most people will experience the greatest amount of weight loss in the first 6-8 weeks during induction. The rapid weight loss often attributed to Atkins will usually happen during induction and not the later phases.
Do I Have To Buy Atkins Food?
No. There are plenty of Atkins products and meal replacement options but none of them are a mandatory purchase. The meal replacement bars and snacks are purely for convenience, and not required.
Unlike SlimFast, Nutrisystem, or Jenny Craig you won’t need to purchase a food subscription directly from Atkins.
Is It Unhealthy To Eat So Much Protein?
There are studies proving health problems related to consuming large quantities of red meat, but there aren’t any long term studies linking Atkins to heart disease or other serious health problems. Atkins is definitely a high protein diet, but it is not specifically a high red meat diet.
The diet is rich in foods known to lower your “bad” cholesterol like fish, olives, nuts, and certain vegetables allowed on Atkins.
What Do The Different Phases Mean?
Atkins is a progressive carbohydrate restriction diet, with different phases intended to achieve different goals. Here’s a quick explanation of the phases:
Induction. This is considered to be the most strict of all the phases with extensive food list rules. This is also the phase where most people will experience the greatest number of pounds lost.
Transition to good carbs. Induction was a “carb cleanse” of sorts, where you pretty much wiped your slate clean and avoid all carbs. The second phase begins the introduction of good carbs that can help with weight loss and management.
Last Ten Pounds. When you transition to phase three it means you’ve already lost a considerable amount of weight and you’re nearing your ideal body weight or personal weight loss goal.
Maintenance. To help keep the weight off long term, Atkins has developed a maintenance phase where you find your carb equilibrium. This phase is purely maintenance is not intended for further weight loss.
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How Is Atkins Different Than A Low Carb Diet?
The primary difference is the progression of the diet. On most low carb diets, your allowed food list and carb consumption will remain relatively constant for the duration of the diet.
While on Atkins you can expect to eat very few carbs in the initial phases, and considerably more carbs near the end in the final phase.
How Long Does The Atkins Diet Last?
There isn’t a definitive time frame, because everyone will have varying goals. So, Atkins isn’t considered an 8 week or 8 month diet.
The length and duration of the diet is often determined by your weight loss goal and how much weight you’ve already lost while on Atkins.
For example, you don’t finish with the second phase and move on to the third phase until you’re within ten pounds of your weight loss goal. Some people will be able to accomplish this in a few weeks, and others will require more time.
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