We may all aspire to be slim, attractive and full of health, but as individuals, we are very different. And therein lies a challenge to any weight-loss diet. The New Atkins for a New You
takes into consideration numerous individual differences, which is good, because only by crafting a way of eating that suits you personally, can you truly achieve lasting success. This doesn’t mean you can eat anything you like in any quantity you want, but it does give you the freedom to make decisions that are right for your body.
As the book outlines, there are many ways you can customize Atkins to your own metabolism, goals, tastes, habits and time frame. For example, you can choose to start in Phase 2, Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL)
; or Phase 3, Pre-Maintenance
if you prefer. Just as importantly, you can mold the program to your culinary preferences and dietary restrictions.
Here are some of the ways in which The New Atkins for the New You
shows you how to tailor Atkins weight loss plan to make it your own:
- Decide in which phase to begin. For example, start in OWL if you only have 15 pounds to lose and are willing to lose weight more slowly than you would if you started with Induction.
- Decide the order in which you want to reintroduce certain foods. For example, introduce berries before nuts and seeds in OWL if you like.
- Decide how quickly you want to increase your carb intake. For example, you can choose to increase your daily grams of carbs every week or every few weeks, depending upon your weight loss results and whether you’re experiencing renewed hunger or carb cravings.
- Decide when to move from one phase to the next. For example, if you have a lot of weight to shed, it’s perfectly safe to stay in Induction for months.
- Trim the fat off meat—or not. There’s no health reason to avoid natural fats when you’re controlling carb intake—you’ll be burning that fat for energy—but if you prefer to trim your steak or remove the skin from poultry, feel free to do so. Just make sure to replace that fat with olive oil, cheese, cream in coffee or other natural fats to keep your metabolism burning fat.
- Listen to your body. If you don’t care to eat beef, fine. Concentrate on poultry, pork, fish and lamb. If you’re allergic to dairy products, there are plenty of alternatives you can enjoy and still follow Atkins.
- Adhere to your culinary or spiritual heritage. For instance, you can adapt Atkins to kosher dietary laws. One of the reasons Atkins is so popular worldwide is that it can be adapted to almost any cuisine, including Hispanic cuisines. We’ll show you how.
- Atkins can be adapted to both vegetarian and even vegan practices. You’ll have to make some modifications and start in a later phase, but our instructions and meal plans will show you how.
- The introduction of two paths in Lifetime Maintenance. Some people have a lower carbohydrate tolerance and to successfully maintain their weight need to remain at a lower intake than others. Others have a higher tolerance to carbs. The book shows you how to figure out to which camp you belong and tailor Lifetime Maintenance to your needs.
- When and whether to exercise. While there’s no question that physical activity is a natural partner to a healthy diet, not everyone is able to exercise comfortably at the beginning of a weight loss journey. And although exercise has been shown to help most people maintain a healthy weight, the research is less conclusive in terms of exercise assisting weight loss. The book explains the benefits of regular physical activity and offers support and suggestions, but leaves the timing and type of exercise regimen to each individual’s own judgment.
This highly personalized and flexible approach will enable you to make Atkins work for you.