Dr Atkins Low Carb Diet FAQ's Answered!

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1. When I am in the Atkins carb diet low plan I can’t eat any carbs?

Only during Dr Atkins low carb diet Induction phase the plan allows you to eat 20 net carbs daily, meaning total carbs minus fiber, sugar alcohol, or glycerin. It will be virtually no carbs in the first week of Atkins Induction.

12 to 15 net grams of all 20 must come of salad greens and other vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, pumpkin, lettuce, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, turnips, tomatoes, and asparagus, to name a few of the 54 allowed by Atkins (but not legumes, such as green beans, since they are too starchy for the Induction phase). All 12 to 15 net grams equals to three cups of loosely packed salad or two cups of salad with two-thirds cup of certain cooked vegetables each day.

When starts next phases of dr Atkins low carbohydrate diet, you increase your carb count gradually until you reach your own carb tolerance level and your goal weight.

For some, this number can be as much as 120 carbs per day of nutrient-dense foods, which includes fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains.

2. I will suffer from lack of energy due to the lack of carbs?

The body uses two sources of energy - carbs and fat. When carbs are low enough, the body will switch to fat burning, which is our back up fuel system.

Lack of energy may occur in the first few days of doing Atkins carb diet Dr, while the body adapts to switching metabolic pathways. It typically takes about three to five days for the body to switch from sugar metabolism to fat metabolism.

When your body becomes accustomed to burning fat for fuel, these symptoms go away.

3. What is the net carbs or "Digestible" carbs?

Net Carbs or "Digestible" carbs are the total carbohydrate content minus the fibre content. The Net Carbs number reflects the grams of carbs that are said to significantly impact blood sugar level and therefore are the only carbs needed to count when doing Atkins.

So...if the item has 10 grams of carbs, and 3 grams of fiber is listed below it, you can count 7 grams in your daily allotment.

Carbs – Fiber = Net Carbs or "Digestible" carbs

4. What is the Hidden Carbs?

Remember that carbs are in everything you can eat and drink. Beware Hidden-Carbs! Please consider using a good carb counter while Atkins diet Induction phase.

5. What is the difference between a carb counter and a glycemic index?

A carb counter typically lists the total carbohydrate value of a food item. The glycemic index is a measure of a given carbohydrates effect on your blood-sugar levels. You can use the glycemic index to choose carb foods that will have a relatively low impact on your blood sugar. But remember, when doing dr Atkins low carb diet your total carb intake is the most important.

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