How Much Weight Can You Lose On The Atkins Diet In A Month?
The Atkins diet is a controversial but potentially effective way to lose weight. The first two weeks of the diet virtually eliminate fruits and most vegetables. It is not really a healthy idea to stay in this “induction phase” more than two to four weeks. Once you are out of the initial phase of the Atkins diet, you slowly add small amounts of fruit and other types of vegetables into your diet. Generally, refined carbohydrates such as bread and pasta are banned from an Atkins diet.
The average person will lose about 14 pounds in the first month of religiously following the Atkins diet. If you are significantly overweight or exercise regularly, you might lose 20 to 30 pounds in a month. People who are rather obese and need to diet for months could probably lose about 10 pounds in subsequent months of following Atkins.
There are numerous factors that help determine how much weight you can and should lose. Men lose weight faster than women. Also, it is easier to lose a lot of weight quickly if you need to lose at least 50 pounds to begin with. If you need to shed about 30 pounds to get to your goal weight, it will probably take you a few months to lose all of that weight.
Also, the Atkins diet has a lot of fattier choices such as bacon, eggs, steak, and butter. While you should not necessarily eat fish or lean chicken all the time, if you are eating a whole lot of fat you are going to slow down your weight loss efforts. Ideally you should balance leaner and fattier choices when planning your menus using the Atkins diet.
Exercise is important, though you probably will feel rather fatigued during the first few days of going off carbs. Be gentle with yourself but also do not use the diet as an excuse not to exercise regularly. Even simple lifestyle changes such as using the stairs or taking a 10-minute walk every day can dramatically boost your chances of losing weight faster. Also, if you change multiple aspects of your lifestyle you are much more likely to keep off the extra weight.
If the Atkins diet does not work for you, do not lose hope. Talk to your doctor about possible alternatives. Also, he can determine whether an undiagnosed medical condition such as hypothyroidism is stalling your weight loss efforts. If you cheat on the Atkins diet, just start over again and eventually you will lose weight.