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The New Atkins Diet Review
by George Pierce
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The New Atkins Diet is a version of the Atkins Diet created by Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1970's.  The original diet was called the New Diet Revolution.  The idea behind these Atkins Diet is that you can eat protein and fat, but as long your your intake of carbohydrates is low, you will lose weight.  

The New Atkins Diet For A New You is still a low carb diet but it has tried to make changes that may improve the older versions.  
  • More focus on fruit and vegetables.
  • More focus on whole foods.
  • Allows more flexibility
  • More focus on calories and portion control.
  • More emphasis on the value and importance of healthy fats
One of the major changes is that the New Atkins Diet takes a different approach to saturated fats.  

The old version encouraged saturated fats, the new differentiates between healthy fats which are OK, and restricts our intake of  saturated fats.

The Atkins Diet still limits carbs which sets your body up for a state of ketosis.  Ketosis is where fat is used for energy.  

Atkins does include processed foods, specifically, their own line of  food bars, snacks, and drinks.

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The New Atkins Diet avoids refined carbs,  and allows complex carbs to meet our daily carb allowance.

This diet has reportedly been used by Rene Zellweger and Jennifer Aniston which helped its popularity.

How Does It Work?

The diet includes the four Atkins phases: -- Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-maintenance, and Lifetime Maintenance.

The Induction phase is the most restrictive as its used for at least two weeks depending upon your weight loss goal.


In the induction stage, your carb allowance is about 20-25 carbs per day.  Your diet will be high in protein. Your low carb intake should help with rapid weight loss.  The promise is 15 lbs. in two weeks.  Exercise is not recommended for this stage.

In the following three stages of the diet, you will be adding more and more carbs. The idea is that by the time you are in stage four, you will find the level of carbs at which you can maintain your weight.  Drinking lots of water and keeping calories around 1500 per day for women and1800 for men is recommended.

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Sample New Atkins Diet Daily Menu:
Breakfast

2 scrambled eggs 
2 oz. sauteed onions 
2 oz. grated cheese 
grapefruit

Morning Snack

Low carb bar 
4 oz. blackberries

Lunch

Grilled chicken Green salad with dressing 
4 oz. sweetcorn 
4 oz. red pepper 
4 oz. black beans

Afternoon Snack

1 medium carrot 
2oz walnuts

Dinner

Steak with flourless gravy 
4 oz. mashed potatoes 
4 oz. zucchini 
Green salad with dressing 
1 oz. goat cheese 
4 oz. beetroot


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Sample New Atkins Diet  Recipe

Baked Chicken with Artichokes

Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1/4 cup soya powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 pound button mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 package (9 ounces) frozen artichokes, thawed and drained
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Place bake mix, salt and pepper in a shallow plate. Dredge chicken in bake mix, tapping to remove any excess. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned, turning once, about 4 minutes. Transfer to baking dish. Add onion to pan and sauté until softened, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until lightly golden, about 3 more minutes. Add garlic and sauté until aroma is released, about 30 seconds. Stir in wine, artichokes, rosemary and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Pour artichoke mixture over chicken, cover and bake 40 minutes, until chicken is tender and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and stir in oregano before serving.

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Cost:  Your food costs should remain about the same.  If you add Atkins bars, drinks, or snacks, that will  raise your food cost.

Exercise and portion control get more attention in the new diet.  

Vegan or vegetarian?  You can adapt this diet to both.

Atkins recipes are abundant on the Internet and the book includes 24 weeks of recipes.  

Positives:

Lose weight
Eat healthy
Feel and look better
Less strict
More emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole foods
Results are clinically proven

Negatives;

Most experts still feel that the diet has too much fat and too few carbs.
The new version is more flexible but this is still not an easy diet.
The Induction Phase may be especially difficult for some folks.
Although the Now Atkins Diet is Friendlier some experts do not feel it is better.

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Conclusion:

The Atkins Diet and it variations have been proven to help lose weight.  The diet, however, is not an easy diet.  
As far as a low carb diet is concerned, this one works.  If you are leaning towards a low carb diet, may I suggest that you also look at the Atkins 40 Diet.  The Atkins 40 allow you to start at 40g of net carbs which should be easier.  

You have other options, of course, such as the DASH Diet or the Mediterannean Diet that might work better for you.  The bottom line is that you want to choose the diet that is the best fit  for you and your lifestyle.  

Thank you for reading, my friends.  I wish you success on your weight loss journey.

Kind regards,
George Pierce
Win At Losing Weight Founder

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Low Carb Diets

Low Carb Diets are low in carbohydrates and high in protein, fat, and veggies.  Studies show that low fat diets do help you to lose weight.

If you love carbs, which means foods such as bread and pasta, the low carb diet may not be for you.

Some experts feel that because low fat diets encourage you to eat foods such as meat and eggs, you are more at risk of raising your  LDL cholesterol which means more risk of heart disease. 

The average amount of carbs that you and I should have are around 225 - 325g daily.  A low carb diet restricts our intake, usually to around 50 - 150g daily.

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