Adkins weight loss program is quite popular nowadays, and it’s based on a high protein intake while reducing your carbohydrates intake. It’s split into three phases – introduction, active weight loss and maintaining the weight. During the initial phase (two weeks) your intake of carbohydrates is limited to 20 g maximum per day. Fruits, bread, grains, as well as some vegetables are not allowed. During this phase of the adkins diet you will be experimenting about which of the carbohydrates you can intake without gaining any weight. With a complete stoppage in carbohydrate intake, fat is starting to melt. During the first week there is a potential of losing up to 5 kilograms, basically losing a kilogram per day. In 24 days you can lose up to 20 kilograms.
How is this possible? Well, body mechanisms work in interesting ways and if you reduce the carbohydrate intake, your fat simply starts to melt. It’s important to completely stay away from bread or any ingredients that were mentioned above, as these will reduce the effect significantly. In order to still get all of the needed nutrients, you can eat dairy products, but in a limited amount. Also, vitamins can be consumed via pills and multivitamin tablets that are easy to find and cheap.
What do you eat?
You are allowed to eat all kinds of meat, especially chicken, veal, pork, turkey and so on. It’s important to prepare the meat in a healthy manner, so don’t burn it up in oil, cook it. Use your oven or make some lean cooked meat. Fish is considered to be the best choice for meat in this diet, although you might find this to be less satisfying and more expensive than regular meat. However, if you can afford it, definitely stick with fish, as it is the best and nutrient rich meats out there.
All kinds of salads and vegetables are allowed and should be consumed to the most extent. Use all the spices you’d like in order to make this tasty and fulfilling to you – olive oil is especially beneficial due to the high percentage of Omega-3 fat acids that can help with battling excess bad cholesterol in your blood vessels.
Due to the high amount of protein intake, this diet is not recommended to everyone. It’s necessary to check your health condition before deciding that this diet is good for you – the excess of protein might have some faulty effects that might cause problems for you in the future. Focus on consummation of more vegetable protein, as meat protein tends to be the riskiest from the bunch. If you are in a satisfying health condition and there are no intolerances towards animal protein, this diet should do well for you.
The last phase is basically keeping up with this tempo, only in a slower intensity. You should always consume more proteins primarily, together with a lot of vegetables and fruits, as this represent a good dieting balance which you can follow for the rest of your life.