Atkins Diet Induction Phase FAQ's Answered!

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1. Can I just continue to do Induction phase until I lose all my weight?

You will lose weight more quickly if you continue doing Induction, but you won’t learn how to keep that weight off permanently if you don’t move through the four phases. More important, you will miss the phytochemicals present in health-promoting carbohydrate foods.

2. How many calories am I allowed during Atkins diet Induction phase?

Atkins diet plan counts grams of carbohydrates instead of calories.

Although there is no need to count calories, they do matter. Gaining weight results from taking in more calories than you expend through exercise, thermo genesis (the body’s own heat production) and other metabolic functions.

Research has shown that on a low carb program, more calories are burned than in a low-fat / high-carb diet, so there is a certain metabolic advantage to the low-carb approach. But understand that this does not give you a license to gorge.

3. How do I know when I am in ketosis?

Ketone Testing Sticks will help you. They are strips that you hold in your urine stream that measures the amount of ketones coming out. If you are showing any color of pink to purple then you are in ketosis. If you are in ketosis you are burning fat!

4. Why I can’t get into ketosis? My shade of purple on the LTS is very light.

There are many reasons why a person’s lipolysis test strip would be varying shades of purple. Each person’s metabolism is different and therefore will turn the sticks a varying degree of purple. In addition, the time of the day, whether or not you exercise and what you ate at your last meal will all affect the test strips.

Don’t worry about the exact level of ketosis indicated by the strip. The important thing is to see how your clothes are fitting and what the scale says. And, remember, you don’t necessarily need to use the strips at all.

5. Will Atkins plan cause bad breath?

Well, actually, it causes ketone breath. Ketones, which impart a sweetish smell, do not cause what Atkins would call bad breath. It’s a different breath smell to be sure, but not an offensive one.

Atkins hasn’t noticed it among his patients for years; perhaps Atkins simply considers it normal. In any case, this condition, if it exists at all, is likely to last only while you are doing the Atkins diet Induction phase.

Try drinking more water, or periodically chew a little fresh parsley. And, on the positive side, it is proof that your body has switched to the alternative metabolic pathway of burning fat for fuel.

6. Why the Atkins Nutritional Approach causes constipation? Is it because Atkins plan lacks fibre?

The Atkins diet includes fibre-rich foods such as spinach, aubergine, broccoli, asparagus and leafy greens. It also includes fruits such as berries. In addition, if more fibre is needed during the Induction phase, Atkins recommends a fibre supplement. This is unnecessary in the OWL phase and beyond because more fruits and vegetables are introduced into the eating plan.

7. Why I feel tired, weak and lacking in energy?

Fatigue may occur during the first few days of doing Atkins plan, while the body adapts to the switch in metabolic pathways. It typically takes about three to four days for the body to convert from a sugar metabolism to a primarily fat metabolism. Your body can stroke carbohydrates for only up to forty-eight hours, so you can be confident that your metabolic switch will occur, as long as you are doing Atkins properly.

After the transition, those people who were tired at first usually report high energy and clear thinking throughout the day. The explanation is simple:

They have rebalanced their nutrition so that their blood sugar is stabilized. They avoid blood-sugar peaks and valleys throughout the day, putting an end to mood swings and periods of lethargy. And those people who consume a full vita nutrient program are much less likely to feel weak or tired even at the start of Atkins diet.

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