To build a momentum and keep losing weight based on low carb diet. If you have followed the Atkins diet from experience or even by studying the low carbohydrate plan then you will know that the program is based around ‘phases’. The phases are designed to quickly thrust the first time dieter into a quick fat loss stage while building up his or her natural limit of carbohydrate intake to an acceptable weight loss level.
1. Phase 1 and Phase 3
This all happens very quickly throughout the first two phases for a period of four weeks or even longer depending on the person and their body type. In today’s article we are going to discuss the second half of the Atkins diet program and a brief description of what you can expect.
As already stated above, the first two phases take a person from the initial weight loss phase to determining how many carbohydrates that person can handle and still lose weight. Typically, 40 to 60 grams of carbs have shown to be an acceptable amount to take in for most people whom have made the diet this far. So let’s continue with the third phase of the program.
2. Phase 3
Phase 3 is what Dr. Atkins calls the ‘Pre-Maintenance’ phase. By the stage of the program you are now more comfortable and more established with the kinds of foods that you can and cannot eat. This is the stage where you can add 10 grams of net carbs per day everyday of every week, or even 20 to 30 grams twice a week, making sure that you are still losing weight.
When the weight loss stops, decrease the daily carb intake by up to 10 grams until you start losing weight again.
3. Phase 4 – Lifetime Maintenance
The final phase (phase 4) is called the ‘Lifetime maintenance phase’. This is the stage when you have finally accomplished your ideal weight and you have a wider selection of food that you can eat. Although at this point you still need to watch your carbohydrate consumption and maintain an active lifestyle, you can have up to 100 grams of net carbs per day without gaining any weight.
By the time you have reached the latter part of the Atkins program, you are finally in a position to know exactly how many carbohydrates that you can have, exactly what kinds of other foods that you can have, and still maintain your weight while enjoying the benefits of eating healthy.