Not everyone's body responds the same way to different approaches to losing weight.The key is to find a match for your body and metabolism.
Kim Kardashian, 33, was the first to speak openly about her weight-loss plan following the birth of Nori, revealing that she started losing the pounds after going on the Atkins diet.
Kim had lost around 30lbs, after putting herself on the low-carb diet that focuses on lean proteins and healthy fats.
The theory is that when you drastically cut back on carbs, your body turns to your fat stores for fuel. The result is you burn body fat, releasing a by-product called ketones that you’ll use for energy.
The Atkins Diet plan relies on knowing how much carbohydrate is in everything you eat. Therefore, it's of the greatest importance to learn about carb counting.
What You Can Eat and What You Can't
The first part of the plan, called the induction phase, has these rules:
- No more than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day, mostly from certain vegetables
- Protein and fat from poultry, fish, eggs, red meat, butter, and vegetable oils
- No pasta, bread, grains, fruit, starchy vegetables, or dairy other than butter, cheese, and cream
- No nuts, seeds, or legumes like beans
- No caffeine
- No alcohol
In the "ongoing weight loss" stage, you slowly add more vegetables, and you can include seeds, nuts, legumes, berries and other fruit, wine and other low-carb alcohol, and whole grains.
Limitations: Cutting out food groups, especially whole grains and dairy, really limits what you can eat.
It also means your diet may be low in certain nutrients including fiber, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
You may need nutritional supplements to fill in the gaps.
Here is one Low Carb Daily Menu.
Peanut Butter Flax Cereal with sour cream with 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Salad made with 4 cups chopped romaine or other dark green lettuce (i.e. not iceberg), half an avocado, and 4 oz cooked chicken meat, with Vinaigrette dressing such as Sweet and Sour Lime Dressing
1/4 cup whole almonds
Grilled or Pan-fried Steak
1 cup green beans, prepared as you like them
Total carb is slightly less than 20 grams of carb plus 29 grams fiber. Menu also contains 95 grams of protein and about 1500 calories.
Exercise: The Atkins plan recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week.