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Living Low Carb with Today’s Atkins

At Atkins we’ve always known that eating too many carbs and too much sugar can lead to weight gain and health issues. But choosing to live low carb can help you eat better, feel better, and live better. So today’s Atkins is all about lean healthy foods and fresh vegetables simply and easily done.
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What Happens When You Eat Carbs

The first step towards a successful low carb lifestyle is understanding the importance of reducing your carb intake to better your diet.

When you eat foods high in carbs, like a plate of pasta, your body converts it to sugar in your bloodstream. Any excess sugar in your bloodstream that isn't used as energy is stored as fat. Unfortunately, it's the overconsumption of these carbs that raise and drop your blood sugar levels, making you crave more and sending you into a blood sugar rollercoaster.

Whether the sugar comes from bread or a candy bar, it has the same effect on your body's blood sugar.

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As represented by a rollercoaster, a high carb intake spikes blood sugar and insulin levels above normal, which can increase fat storage and weight gain. And, just like a rollercoaster, that high carb intake spike also leads to blood sugar and insulin levels dipping below normal, resulting in low energy, hunger, fatigue, and mood swings.

Did you know...

On average, Americans consume over 250 grams of carbs per day1, including 22 teaspoons of added sugar2 every day!

73% of consumers either try to limit some or all carbohydrates in their diets.3Join the low-carb/low-sugar movement!

Join the low-carb/low-sugar movement!

Decreasing your carb intake offers a variety of benefits, including:

  • Satiety - You'll feel fuller, for longer
  • Consistent energy levels throughout the day
  • Burning your built-up reserves of fat and fuel, instead of carbs
  • Eliminating spikes and slumps in your blood sugar
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3In Depth Look at Consumer Views of Protein & Carbohydrates - HealthFocus International; September 2014

How carbs and sugar impact your body

See how others improved their lives by switching to low carb

What is a Carb? (And how does it impact your blood sugar?)

A carbohydrate is any of a large group of organic compounds occurring in foods including sugars, starch, and cellulose. Refined/simple carbs are highly processed carbohydrates (refined breads, cereals, and pastries) that quickly raise blood sugar. These refined carbohydrates are not only higher in sugar but they also break down more rapidly into glucose and enter your bloodstream far faster than vegetables and other complex/higher fiber carbs, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. So if you eat refined carbohydrate foods, you stay on the blood sugar roller coaster ride of highs and lows.

In short, a carb is a sugar molecule.

Some sugars are easy to spot - they're the grams of sugar that you see on a nutrition facts panel which reflect naturally occurring sugars plus added sugars if they are present. Hidden sugars are what is converted to sugar after you digest carbohydrates. You don't see them but your body does

A low carb lifestyle means consuming less than 100g net carbs per day.

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