This month I am trying out the Atkins diet… (I am aware it has been done to death but as an avid dieter I want to see if it works)
First things first, it is not just a no carb diet. I am currently studying the introduction phase (I must admit I am studying via Wikipedia and free sites on google so I apologise if I get some of my info wrong; I’m too cheap to buy the book). Now like most people I didn’t know there was 4 phases and that there is a large amount of science behind it.
So the science bit…… the reduction in carbs is supposed to stop the body burning the new glucose for energy and make it focus on the stored fat for fuel (layman’s terms, sorry I’m not a scientist). Basically its like not having a weekly shop and using everything up in your cupboards. (nobody ever uses everything in their cupboards even when going on holiday or moving house, there’s always a tin of beans lurking in the back (you cant have baked beans on this diet, I actually don’t think I can live without Heinz!))
Anyway there are different types of carbs which you have to learn!!!! (when I stared this I didn’t realise I would have to become a carb specialist) There’s carbs in pretty much everything so they don’t make it easy for you. During the introduction your allowed under 20 net grams of carbs a day and 12-14 of these have to come from a special list of….. you’ve guessed it…… SALAD… oh! and veg too! (ever so exciting! even writing about it I am starting to feel like a rabbit!)
But its not just the ‘evil carbs’ (pasta, bread etc) you have to watch out for. You are limited protein wise! Sugar is also restricted and has to be naturally occurring!!!! The worst thing for me is that your cheese consumption is limited!!! (I am actually addicted to cathedral city cheese)
Oh and by the way…. no alcohol! For two weeks! and eight pints of water a day instead! Now this isn’t such an issue for me. I drink an obscene amount of water as it is. The caffeine restriction bit also doesn’t bother me too much at I only drink herbal tea.
(The real issue is that I am off to wireless festival next weekend so I am already setting myself up for a fail. I figure one day off isn’t soooooo bad)
In between my planned fail day and now though I will do my darnedest to stick to it. I will keep you updated as to how well I do and how badly I will eventually fail!!! (I am going to get bored of weighing cheese eventually…….)
Any suggestions for lunches or meals out whilst on this carb controlled diet would be much appreciated!
P.S. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. If you would like to try the atkins diet I would suggest you do your own reading about it before following in my very confused footsteps!