Years ago when I was all set to start dieting I would do it by eating low-fat foods that always left me hungry. Since starting my weight loss journey in January I decided to take a different approach by eating low carb. I ate lean meats, salads, low-glycemic vegetables, nuts and protein shakes. I didn't feel hungry because I was eating healthy fats like olive oil and avocado. I was also surprised that I lost a good amount of weight while still eating things that satisfied me.
Then the summer came and I started getting tired of the same foods I was eating everyday and started eating out more and more. I went back to eating the foods I used to eat before my journey like breads and white rice. I was lucky that I didn't regain the weight because I was still active and exercised but I also didn't lose anymore.
Now that the summer is over and we are well into Fall it is time for me to get back on the wagon and have a better plan to my diet. After doing some research I decided to start the Atkins 40 plan. It is not as strict as the regular Atkins diet with the different phases. With this program you can eat up to 40 net carbs and eat from all the food groups.
On Atkins 40 you will eat:
- More vegetables than the USDA recommends
- Proteins including meats, fish, poultry and plant-based proteins
- Healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts
- Dairy including whole Greek yogurt and cheeses
- Variety of fruits and whole grains
I started eating this way when I started, so I feel completely comfortable with this plan. There are tons of resources, recipes and meal plans at Atkins.com. I also connected with them on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest news and tips. I printed out my starting two week meal plan and made a grocery list.
I am excited and ready to start this new part of my journey. With the Atkins 40 I also plan on going to the gym at least 3 times a week, strength training 3 times a week and one day of yoga. I will be blogging about my journey on the Atkins 40 so stay tuned!
What are your favorite low carb snacks or recipes?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.