My first week on Atkins!

Remember at the end of October when I shared {in this post} that I would be starting Atkins soon? Well, today I want to tell you all about my first week on Atkins 40!

A Atkins 40 Reminder:

With Atkins 40 instead of doing the regular Atkins program broken down into phases, starting with 20 grams of net carbs a day, Atkins 40 has a program entry point of 40 grams of net carbs a day, this means, you can eat from all the food groups starting on day one of the program all while still enjoying weight loss success on a fat burning metabolism!

My 1st week in review:

My first week on Atkins exceeded my expectations! I honestly expected the week to start out a little rocky and stressful, but it didn’t! I was so pleased with how easy it was to basically do a 180 on my eating habits. The best part was that didn’t feel deprived or have to suffer through tasteless meals since Atkins has a whole line of frozen meals, meal bars, snack bars, treats and shakes to help me stay on track, and they are all SO delicious!

I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you some of my day 1 concerns and worries.

1.) Will I be able to count carbs?

Before starting Atkins I have to admit I was a little nervous about counting carbs, I’m a busy mom with very busy kids so I have grown accustomed to eating as I go and not reading food labels…it’s not a great system but up until Atkins that’s where I was!

Although there are apps out there to help stay on track I know me and I’m old school and prefer to write it all down so, I grabbed a journal and started writing everything down.

What I discovered is that I absolutely love keeping track of what I’m eating and counting carbs…it sounds weird I know 🙂 During the first week I became very vigil about reading labels and I was horrified how many carbs were in some of my family’s favorite “healthy” meals and snacks! After reading one such label on a seemingly healthy food and discovering it contained more than 36g of carbs (whoa) my husband and I decided we would be reading labels from now on! To be honest, it was a little hard not to look back on the way that I had been eating with shame, but I had to remind myself that what’s done is done and today is a new day and I am moving forward to a healthier lifestyle!

2.) Will I be hungry all the time?:

I was a little or a lot concerned that I would be hungry all the time. When I hear “diet” or “eating plan” the first thing that pops into my mind is “I’m going to starve!” It sound ridiculous I know…but hey I really like food! That was absolutely NOT the case! I was stunned on day one when I found myself still satisfied during times of the day when previously I would have been STARVING! I felt so much more content and healthy! Not to mention I had a TON more energy!

Here is one of my past days of meals with the Atkins 40:

  • Breakfast: two eggs, two pieces of bacon, one med tomato and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Snack: Atkins Advantage Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bar
  • Lunch: 5oz. hamburger with cheddar cheese, one med tomato, avocado, rolled in a mission low-carb tortilla
  • Snack: Atkins Advantage Milk Chocolate Delight Shake
  • Dinner: 6 ounces of rotisserie chicken, one cup of spinach, one small tomato, 1/2 cup chopped red peppers and 1/4 cup sliced cucumbers
  • Snack: Atkins Endulge Pecan Caramel Clusters

{Look for my big review on Atkins delicious frozen meals next week!}

3.) What about my chocolate obsession?:

I really REALLY like love chocolate so the idea of cutting carbs means no more candy or treats right? WRONG! The amazing people at Atkins have created the most unbelievable Endulge line of tasty little treats!

They have everything, brownies, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered peanuts, peanut butter cups and so many more {all with extremely low carbs} Got a sweet tooth? No worries with Atkins! Endulge has been life changing for myself and my husband {who honestly has the biggest sweet tooth I have ever seen!} We are truly able to have our cake {Peanut Butter Cups} and eat it too!


4.) Will I only be eating meat?:

Recently I was chatting with a group of friends and upon hearing that I was doing Atkins a few of them totally freaked out saying “you are only eating meat? That’s not good” and “too much meat is unhealthy” Atkins is often referred to as the “protein” diet {at least that’s what I’ve heard from my friends and family}

With Atkins yes, I am eating protein including meat, fish and plant-based proteins but Atkins so much more than just protein, in fact, did you know that with Atkins you eat more vegetables then the USDA even recommends?

In addition to all the yummy vegetables I get to eat there are all kinds of healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts. Dairy like Greek yogurt and cheeses. Also, fruits and whole grains!

Atkins is all about finding the healthy balance between the protein, healthy fats and carbs you consume every single day, resulting in you body burning fat instead of burn carbs.

5.) Will I really lose weight?:

Since entering my 30s {ahem a few years ago} I’ve had a bit more of a difficult time losing weight, because this I find myself being more concerned with if a “diet” or a workout is going to really result in losing weight and inches.

On day one of my Atkins journey I made sure to weigh myself and take measurements. Honestly, I was so excited at the thought that I might lose a pound or two, maybe three! I might even loose an inch or two overall! The thought seemed awesome! Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m in a rut. Blah!

I counted my carbs, read labels, worked out and eagerly awaited day 7, I couldn’t wait to see what I had lost! Well, day 7 came and I didn’t lose 2 pounds, I didn’t lose 5 pounds, heck I didn’t even lose 8 pounds…I lost 10 pounds! To say I was ecstatic would be an HUGE understatement! I couldn’t believe it, there I was thinking I was going to limit carbs and start eating more vegetables and maybe in a week I lose a pound or two. When I stepped on the scale my jaw dropped and I thought “oh my gosh I lost 10 pounds!” then preceded to jump up and down! Wow! It was unexpected and AWESOME!

Oh but theres more…I lost more than just 10 pounds, I lost more than 3 inches of my waist and hips (overall). To be honest I didn’t even notice that I had lost inches until one day my family arrived home from a very long and extremely overwhelming day and all I wanted to do was put on some comfortable clothes and relax. When I went to change my mind was somewhere else, when I suddenly realized that I had taken off my previously tight skinny jeans WITHOUT unbuttoning or unzipping them…I hadn’t even realized they had gotten that baggy! Eek! I’m 10 lbs lighter and an entire pant size smaller and counting!!

Bottom line! Atkins is absolutely hands down the perfect plan for me! I cannot wait to see the changes to come! Keep an eye out for more updates by connecting with me

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