Atkins Diet Mistakes To Avoid Starting Out

When it comes to the Atkins diet, there are a lot of people who think this low-carb diet is what will make them lose the most weight in the least amount of time. While this can be true that the Atkins diet is one of the best ways to lose weight, there are a lot of mistakes people can end up making that hinders your progress. In order to ensure that you get the results on the Atkins diet that you want, you should make sure that you know the most common mistakes people make so that you can avoid them and be on your weight loss journey the right way.

Common Atkins Diet Mistakes

Not Eating Vegetables– One of the things people do when they start the Atkins diet is they forget to eat the required amount of vegetables. You might think that you can eat just some of the vegetables but in reality you need to eat at least 12 to 15 net carbohydrate grams of vegetables each day. For people who are not sure what this equals out to, it is about 2 cups of cooked vegetables each day, which really is not much if you divide that up into lunch and dinner. If you are wondering about greens then you might want to know that this ends up being about 6 cups of the leafy vegetable. In order to ensure the Atkins diet works right for you the first time, you want to make sure you do not try to get around the vegetable requirement.

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Not Counting Net Carbs- Unlike a lot of other diets, on the Atkins diet you have to count the Net Carbs and not the Total Carbs. Net Carbs are basically the grams of Total Carbs minus the grams of fiber in that product. When you think about other products like sugar substitutes, you should also include those as 1 gram of Net Carbs and other condiments should be included in this as well. When you look at the Net Carbs, you do not want to eat all of your Net Carbs in the forms of sugar or starch. It is important to remember with the Net Carbs that eating a bunch of products with no carbs is not better for you than eating something that has 10 or more grams of Net Carbs.

Not Using a Journal– When it comes to the Atkins diet, especially if you are just starting out, you need to record your progress using a journal. Not only does this journal need to be used to record your measurements and weight on a weekly basis, but it also is used to record food intake and Net Carbs on a daily basis. You do not need to use a journal such as a pen and paper, as there are many different apps you can use on your smartphone specifically for the Atkins diet and this might work better for some people. The journal and the recording of your Net Carbs daily and other information is very important as it helps you keep track of your carbohydrate consumption. Sometimes we think we are eating less than what we really are, so one way to help you really know what your intake is happens to be recording it all down so you can look at it and make those changes if needed. Honestly nothing will make a bigger impact on your results than a journal.  My first time trying the diet my results were average. The second time I purchased the following journal from amazon (click here to check it out) and I lost 3 times as much fat as I did my first time through.  It really wasn’t even close.


Not Drinking Enough Water- Obviously water is needed for the Atkins diet, and the bigger you are the more water you will need to drink. You know you are drinking enough when your urine is either pale or clear, and make sure that you are not just consuming your water through the means of tea or coffee. You can have 2 or 3 cups of water come in the form of coffee or tea, and even sugar-free pop, but do not forget to drink actual water in the process. When you do not drink enough water your body will end up retaining fluid, which is a way your body is trying to protect itself. This means that you need to ensure that you are drinking enough water to keep your body functioning correctly.




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Jeanne Rose lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been a freelance writer since 2010. She took Allied Health in vocational school where she earned her CNA/PCA, and worked in a hospital for 3 years. Jeanne enjoys writing about science, health, politics, business, and other topics as well.

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