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How Long You Should Stay On The Atkins Diet

A lot of people have lost a lot of weight on the Atkins Diet. However, there are still plenty of questions surrounding this popular diet plan. One of the questions people have is how long should you stay on the Atkins Diet. The typical amount of time is somewhere between six months and a year, but some don’t last that long, while others stay on it on a long-term basis.

But how long others stay on the diet isn’t as important as how long you should stay on it. Therefore, a good starting point is to consider what your specific weight loss and dietary goals are. If you want to reset how your body digests food and burns calories, then you may want to stay on Atkins longer. On the other hand, if you’re just trying to lose a few pounds, then you may consider going off the diet once your goal is reached (but be careful that you don’t gain all of your weight back).

Let’s be honest, though, a lot of people have a hard time sticking to the Atkins Diet. This is usually due to food cravings. While you can generally eat all the fish, meat and eggs you want, the diet places severe restrictions on carbohydrates; especially in the earliest stages of the program. So, while you may enjoy being able to eat tons of bacon or fried fish, the novelty soon wears off and you start missing simple things like bread.

Sticking to any diet is a very hard thing for most people. However, the Atkins Diet can be particularly troublesome. The problem is that they think they can do the diet for a couple weeks, lose some weight and then return to their normal eating habits. This isn’t the case. Sure, they may drop a few pounds, but if they go off the diet too soon they will not only gain back the weight they lost, but may also gain more. This can be very discouraging, and some people are quick to say that the Atkins Diet doesn’t work, when in reality it was their not sticking to the diet that made it not work. That wouldn’t be so bad, but too many people then give up on diets all together.

One of the things that makes the Atkins Diet different is that it is comprised of four stages. You have to follow each stage precisely and you can’t skip ahead. The tricky part is that the first stage is often the hardest, as it removes all but 12 grams of carbohydrates from your daily diet. This leads some people to have cravings, lack of concentration or not feeling well. In other words, the temptation to give up is often at its strongest in the first phase of the diet.

The good news is that each phase allows you to have more carbs, and it gets easier and easier to stick to. The question of how long you should stay on the Atkins Diet is best answered by saying “as long as you can”. That’s because there is a maintenance phase that is designed to be something you can keep doing. Of course, be sure to check with your personal doctor before starting any new diet.


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A Healthy Diet Check Up…From The Neck Up

A Healthy Diet Check Up…From The Neck Up
Jill Miller

If you have tried every so-called healthy diet plan on the planet and every exercise program from the latest fitness guru and repeatedly failed to achieve your weight loss goals, you probably need a “healthy diet check up…from the neck up.”

There’s no such thing as a healthy, fast, weight loss diet plan. Successful weight loss doesn’t just happen. It took more than a few days to reach the point where you are at right now. Give yourself a break and expect it to take awhile before you see measurable results. Take a leap of faith and follow some basic principles in your diet plan.

Begin with your “self talk.” This is the conversation that runs through your brain continuously. What kind of conversation do you have with your self talk? What type of negative self talk has kept you from reaching your weight loss goals in the past?

If you had a chance to do it over again, would you change the dialogue? That’s a no-brainer isn’t it? Well, the good news is that you can turn the tide of negative self talk beginning right now. It’s never too late to begin and you start by reprogramming your self talk and beginning a whole new weight loss diet plan.

A good starting point is to begin with positive affirmations. Positive affirmations, spoken aloud with authority and belief, positively affect your attitude, focuses your thinking and lead to a course of action that will help you become the person you want to be and have the things that you want to have.

Begin by writing your weight loss affirmations on paper. You can begin with something like, “I want to lose 25 pounds before Christmas.” That’s a worthy goal and attainable, but we need to put some work into structuring the affirmation.

First of all, “I want” gives the impression that what you desire is always in the future. In order to re-program your self talk, you need to trick your mind into believing that you have already achieved weight loss success. This is how your subconscious mind functions.

Your subconscious mind has no capacity for understanding the concept of time. Everything is in the moment. . .here and now. When you tell your subconscious mind that you “want”, that is exactly what you will get. . .want. . .without ever achieving fulfillment. Unless you change your mental tape recorder, you will achieve exactly what you are telling your subconscious, that you “want to lose 25 pounds.” You will “want to lose 25 pounds” for the rest of your days unless you change your self talk.

If your weight is 150 pounds and you desire is to weight 125 pounds, then you need to “be” 125 pounds from the moment you make the decision to change your self talk. What if you write your affirmation to read something like this: “I am healthy and fit, weighing 125 pounds.”

It is extremely important that your affirmation is crystal clear because what you affirm is exactly what your subconscious mind will bring you.

You needn’t limit yourself to one affirmation either. Write another one that reflects your new exercise program. “I enjoy my healthy new diet plan,” or, “I love the healthy foods I eat.”

Write and rewrite until you are absolutely certain that you have written your weight loss goals “in the here and now” AND represent precisely what you desire. Only then do you begin to speak it aloud and do so several times a day.

Remember to use the present tense. “I acknowledge achievement in all my weight loss goals.” “I have the skill and talent to exercise every day.” “I am a winner.” “I am grateful for all of my accomplishments no matter how small.”

At first you will feel awkward and uncomfortable and you may not feel or believe what you are saying. It doesn’t matter, continue to speak them aloud with as much conviction as you can muster. It’s taken a long time to train your subconscious to use negative self talk. If you will persevere with speaking your affirmations aloud, firmly and confidently, you will be amazed at how quickly you can turn your thoughts around.

You didn’t hop on a bicycle the first time and just take off down the street. It took practice to train your body to balance on those two wheels. This will take some practice as well. Continue to repeat your affirmations aloud, several times a day for the next 30 days and you will be amazed at how much you change your thinking and attitude.

Above all, take action. Do nothing and nothing gets done. Do something and many things are placed in motion.

Regardless of what you are doing in life, you need to take action. Do something every day to put your plan into motion.

About the Author

Jill Miller is the Founder of the Fit4Life Club.
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