When I tell people I’m a big fan of the Atkins Diet, I usually get one of two reactions – 1) people still do that diet?; or 2) isn’t that actually really unhealthy for you?
Fat gets a bad rap in the health and nutrition world, no doubt about that. And eating fat is a central component of the Atkins Diet. So you can see why some people would have a negative reaction to the diet. Now, I’m not going to try to convince you here why all that noise about fat being bad for you is wrong. You can read plenty of articles about it in many places if you’re so inclined.
What I am going to do is let you know about my own history eating a low-carb diet, and let you determine for yourself whether it’s right for you.
What Atkins really boils down to is eliminating bad carbs and sugar from your diet. Bread, pasta, grains, that kind of stuff. Your meals will consist mostly of protein, fat, and some vegetables. It’s really quite simple. And the best part about it? You get to eat some really tasty foods.
Breakfast, for example. For a lot of people, breakfast consists of some type of combination amongst muffins, bagels, cereal, fruit juice and that kind of stuff. Atkins eliminates it all. So what do you have instead? To start, eggs – lots of eggs, basically every day. How about a nice three-egg omelet with cheddar cheese, tomato, spinach, and onion? As you can see, you have your protein (eggs), your fat (cheese), and your vegetables. And did I mention it tastes incredible?
How about lunch? Well, most days it’s going to be a salad, just because it’s quick and easy. A Cobb salad, for example, romaine lettuce, avocado, bacon, blue cheese, cucumber, and your choice of dressing. It’s delicious, filling, and absolutely fine to have on a low-carb diet. If you have more time to spare, you can certainly have a piece of fish with some grilled vegetables and avocado as well.
Dinner follows the same idea: I usually have a piece of steak, chicken or fish, a salad of some sort, plus a vegetable. For example grilled skirt steak, asparagus, and a Caesar salad (no croutons). Are you telling me that doesn’t sound really good?
You’re probably wondering – okay, the food sounds good, but does it actually work? Do you lose weight? Well, I lost over 20 pounds in six weeks doing Atkins, and since I’m now at a weight that I’m happy with, I no longer follow a strict low-carb diet. But I do follow a mostly low-carb diet; I use its principles as my foundation of what I eat most days, though occasionally I will have something like pasta or a slice of pizza because I enjoy it.
Atkins works, if you work Atkins. It’s actually not a hard diet to pull off. Give yourself 30 days – no cheating – and I pretty much guarantee you’ll see the results.