One of the many things I love about Atkins is that it can be done many ways. There is no one way to do it and lose weight and gain health. It can be tailored to likes, dislikes, lifestyle and availability.
I am more of a clean eater. I normally keep to whole foods with a few exceptions. I count whole carbs and not net carbs, because that is what works better for me, and I also keep my calories high. It is how I lose the best and easiest. I do keep bars and shakes for running out and about and road trips and they work great too, but in everyday life I like to keep it clean.
I eat three times a day and my afternoon coffee. That is all I need to stay satisfied because my calories and fat are high. It is not as if I am hungry at 3 o’clock I feel like I can’t eat, but as a rule I am not hungry during between meals.
Breakfast today was egg beaters omelet with cheese and coffee, Lunch will be Tuna salad on lettuce with cheese and my vinaigrette, diet coke. Dinner will most likely be roasted chicken with skin on and a heaping side of my creamed spinach.
I average about 2200 calories a day.
I hope that if you are starting Atkins you will get the books and read them. ALL of them, because in each book there is a plan that is a little different than the other books and you will be able to find one that will work for you.
I originally started Atkins in 93 and did it with the Atkins Diet Revolution. After the births of my children and gaining up to 270-something, I started with the first diet revolution and progressed to the NEW Diet Revolution. Where it goes to 20 net carbs with 12-15 nc being veggies. That is what helped me lose 96lbs in about 18 months. Along the way I tweaked and worked the plan to change things up and learn what worked best. I always keep a journal that is written along with FatSecret. For me that is the best and easiest way to track food. It has the biggest library of items and makes it easy to track weight and food imo.
The point of this post is don’t feel like you have to do Atkins like everyone else to succeed.. Learn the plan and do it your way. Learn to listen to your body and don’t be afraid of the journey. It does work. You can do this!!!