Overcoming obstacles of dieting

overcoming plateausOvercoming plateaus on the “ATKINS DIET”

If you are experiencing a stall or plateau in your Atkins weight loss efforts, you are not alone. This occurs from time to time. However, you first must make sure that you have actually reached a plateau point.

A plateau means that you have gone an extended period of time without losing weight or inches. It’s important to take your measurements before you start your weight loss plan, in addition to your weight. On some weeks it may not seem like you are losing any at all on the scale. But a quick look at your measurements will prove otherwise.

This diet removes fat and introduces muscle and as we know it is heavier and therefore it is conceivable you will go up in weight as you build muscle and the fat is removed, so it is a good thing. So an increase in weight but your sizes will go down, thinner and fitter but maybe the same weight.

You need to measure those important places before you begin, you know all the flabby places. Without measuring those important places, you don’t know what is disappearing or appearing!! And your body will get bigger and thinner and so on as you move through, hopefully with a downward trend. And don’t forget this is a big deal, you are reshaping yourself and will take a while. So check those dimensions on a weekly basis no more!!

There may be periods of 3 to 4 weeks where you have a stall in weight loss, but a loss in inches. Or vice versa. And you have to keep a tally of both to ensure you are on top of your progress. These stall periods are not a reason to quit or to give up, it is what it is and is part of the process.

As you get closer you will slow down for sure as there is less and less to lose, this is normal. As you have been on a high protein and carb low diet, the muscle has increased. As your muscle mass grows your smart body will resist and stop you losing more fat, so you can then set another weight target. Perhaps your body is trying to tell you something and its time to start maintaining your weight loss rather than trying to lose more.

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There are always differing reasons that weight loss stutters on the long journey that is losing that nasty old fat. Don’t fret if you are 3-5 weeks in and you ain’t anywhere try new stuff. Check out your level of carbs is cool, consuming too many carbs you will not lose weight.

Check out carbohydrates that may be stowed away in packaged foods, dressings and sauces to make sure they aren’t the culprits in your plateau.

Look at your water consumption, you need to drink a lot and if not the body keeps water to look after itself and stops weight loss and also you need to flush nasties away.

Undereating can also be a cause for weight loss plateaus. Make sure not to let yourself go hungry and eat smaller, more frequent meals. Don’t forget, you are on a reduced eating plan, not a calorie-restricted diet. Ensure you have some protein with every meal and snack. Never go more than 5 hours without eating something (except overnight of course). Also, eat freely from the acceptable foods. Don’t try to count calories or restrict your calorie intake.

The body has a defence mechanism and shuts down the metabolism when it fears it isn’t getting fed, so holds onto all that lovely fat, so you have to eat.

Increasing your exercise level can help get you through a plateau as well. Your muscles are smart they work out what is going on so you have to confuse them and switch it up to keep your body guessing and working. Mix it up, you have to or experiment with more weights, keep it guessing or is it a he or a she, a him or a her?

Trying one of these methods will most likely get your weight loss back on track. Remember that occasional stalls are normal, but they do not have to last.

Overcoming plateaus

Diet – a little plan

Planning for Atkins The plan

Planning is everything.You have to have the right foods available when you start the plan or you are stuffed and it will not go well, so plan ahead. There are many suggestions for “Atkins Diet” meals in the Atkins books, and there are plenty of resources online for Atkins and low-carb recipes.

Making sure you think ahead for your times of eating is key on a diet, especially this one. That advice really goes for any diet. When you eat whatever you like, you gain weight. Where you are now is basically because you have not only eaten too much but too much of the wrong foods and you know that, don’t you?

You know that this will take some adjusting and will take time, after all this is a big thing and the basic American diet has always been carbs and other bad foods. Lots of folk were weaned on carbs like pasta, potatoes, meat And casserole. It is going to take some effort and patience to get used to eating in an entirely new way.

There are two different approaches you can take in adjusting your diet. There are always substitutes for you with pretend carbs. For example, pasta dishes that can be put together with eggplant or zucchini and not pasta is cool and better for carbs. Spaghetti squash noodles make a good substitute for spaghetti noodles. And you can get several low carb substitutes for our favourites; bread, pasta and sugary stuff.

The next approach is to get other recipes that focus on low carb meals. There are lots of different meats that are cool on the diet. There is a great variety of meats and non meats out in the world, go and have a look or google them. Use some pork, ham and even lamb into your weekly routine.

Why not experiment with fowls. If you’ve never been a fan of fish, try a different variety. Some people who don’t like trout find they have a love of salmon or another fish. Shellfish; mussels, clams and shrimp are all good and add variety to your diet.

Snacks and quick meals are key so have some to hand. These are good; cucumbers thinly sliced, celery, radishes mixed with lemon mayonnaise are cool and a lovely low-carb meal or dinner salad. Another good option is fried peppers, mushrooms and garlic served on arugula with feta cheese.

Find and try out other low-carb recipes so you have a great base of knowledge of what to prepare for meals. The most important step you can take in losing weight is planning. Getting a good arsenal of easy to prepare meals will prevent you from hitting the drive through or going to out for a meal and blowing your diet.

If you have delicious food to look forward to everyday, you’ll be less bored with your diet. During the initial period which is quite strict, be creative and freestyle a combo. At first glance, the vegetable and meat options may seem restrictive. But this is only in comparison to what you have been used to eating. With a little planning and creativity, you can find something interesting to eat everyday.

Its all about planning for atkins.

Planning for things

Pros and cons of Dieting

pros and cons of atkins dietThe Diet is clearly the most known low carb diets today that is out there.

Its high level of interest has started a lot of similar plans who also have the similar theory of low carb, high protein food. There are quite a few low carb diets out there in the ocean.

Research is there to support the low carb diet and how benficial it is. There have been specific results that low-carbohydrate plans similar to Atkins actually generate a large loss of weight and not due to taking all the calories away. People who use the “Atkins Diet” have also reported this.

It is shown sometimes that low carb intake improves triclycerides, lowers blood glucose and increases good cholesterol. Low carb are great for blood pressure, blood insulin levels and insulin sensitivity level improvement. When compared with low-fat diets, low-carb dieters lose less muscle mass.

Although not proven by science, there are many common benefits reported by the dieting people and other low carb dieteers. These benefits can amount to energy levels increasing, less need for sweets, excellent focus, better moods and less depressions.

However, there are also some benefits that are specific to the plan. You will love eating all the food you could never eat before on a diet before. Cream, butter and even steak are on the plan. There is a certain pleasure that goes along with eating foods that were once off limits.  Atkins peeps can eat and are recommended to eat meat, oil, fat & cheese, how crazy is that?

This diet is easy to follow and simpler than most out there.  There are some basic food carb counts that you will probably learn, but after that, you are ok to choose from the acceptable list.

Dr. Atkins also explained that getting to your personal carb is key.. Some people have differing levels of carb resistance. Some people increase weight with 90 gm a day, but some others can consume another 30 gm and be ok. During the ongoing weight loss phase and pre-maintenance phase of the diet, you will learn your personal carbohydrate count that will help determine your carbohydrate goal for life.

The Atkins diet is very popular and that really is good and bad, there is so much information available for you, so you will get every question answered but because it is so well known, everyone has a view/ And not always an informed view but a view nevertheless and one you may have to answer or respond to.

If carb counting isn’t your thing, then there could be a little issuette for you. Carb counting is key as you need to  stay in the right range. There is the initial start which is quite heavy and some people don’t even get through the initial stage as it is tough for your body.

Actually at times some folks get the carb bash in the 1st week.  This is because the body is surviving on it’s fat as no carbs left, these effects don’t last but can be spooky, so hang on in as some people leave at this stage as they get scared.

Basically including the issues, which are no big deal in my opinion, this diet is easily the biggest and most popular low carb plans because it works. Literally thousands of folks have made this successful for themselves and got used to the low carb lifestyle.

Wikipedia – Atkins diet

Suppress your appetite

appetite suppression

Surprisingly the suppression of your appetite is one of the diet’s impacts. Several of the dieteers say that their crazy hunger feelings they had before between meals are no longer. This makes it easier to stay on the diet and continue to lose weight. The diet is great for not starving its dieteers where other diets do starve them. The diet does have significant appetite slowing impacts due to the food types one consumes.

The important element is the protein in the diet and specifically the amount. Protein can satiate hunger, where carbs do not have that power. Carbs do not sustain you for long as you feek hungry soon afterwards. Protein, can make you feel you have enough when mixed with good fats.

Eggs are one of the best foods to suppress your appetite. They are a good form of protein. Eating eggs at breakfast gets rid of hunger for the rest of the day. The research concerned two groups of women.

A group had bagels with cream cheese and the other group had eggs. The calorie count for both breakfasts was exactly the same. The research showed the team wrote down what they had consumed and gave responses about their hunger during the day.  Women who had eggs for breakfast were satisfied for the whole day. They ate less at each meal than the women who were in the bagel group.

Eggs make you satisfied due to their protein, which is 6gms. Both of these factors help to curb cravings. They also contain 2 ingredients that are incredible on eye health. So it’s important to eat the whole egg, and not just the white. Eggs contain choline that is important in brain functioning and memory. The nutrients are another benefit to the diet.

The appetite prevent impact of 2 of the veg is great, they are cauliflower and broccoli. These vegetables are very bulky and they help make your stomach feel full. When your stomach feels full, it will actually create a chemical response in your body. The body is a smart thing, it actually reduces it’s need for food as it thinks it is already full of good food and this happens whatever is in the stomach. This can also happen with psyllium husk fiber and water. Bulk is easily supplied by Broccoli and cauliflower and are cool veg in the diet.

To avoid carb cravings the diet recommends you eat protein meals that are small and well balanced. Also keeps blood sugar levels level.

You can get carb highs with this diet. Following the meal you are cool and full but then a little later you become ravenous again, even hungrier. This cycle continues and, over time, you will eat more and gain weight. Your blood sugar gets back into balance thanks to the protein, veg and fat in the meals. There is the right level foods with the right level of carbs, veg gives us energy and strength comes from the protein. And all in all it keep your appetite in check.

Teeth health is also key as it is the beginning of everything.

The “Atkins Diet” is actually a craving control diet that can help suppress your appetite. If you’ve had a problem with carbohydrate cravings before, this new way of eating will help control those cravings. If you eat a lot the easier it will be to control your cravings.

Apetite suppression – Wkipedia style