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low carbLET’S GOYour Atkins food guidefor all phases

Welcometo low carb livingWelcome to Atkins and congratulations for making the firststep on your low carb journey.By making a few simple changes, andswitching bad carbs for good ones, Atkinscan help you can lose weight in a safe,healthy way – and keep it off for good.The power really is in your hands.Nutritious meals that keep you satisfiedUnlike other diets that might leave you feelinghungry, with Atkins you can enjoy filling,nutritious meals right from the very beginning.The Atkins low carb diet isn’t about goingwithout, it’s about making healthier choicesthat deliver effective weight loss results.This guide will take you throughthe list of low carb foods youcan enjoy as you progressthrough the differentdiet phases.4 easy-to-follow phasesOur diet plan is broken down into 4 separatephases that take you from ‘induction’ rightthrough to a ‘maintenance’ phase for whenyou’ve hit your goal weight. It’s an approachthat’s based on proven scientific research thatwe’ve refined over the last 40 years. 4 phases to help you lose weight andkeep it off Helps you find your carb tolerance level soyou can maintain a happy weight long-term A varied, balanced low carb diet that keepsyou feeling full Eliminates sugar cravings Boosts energy levels Support and inspiration throughout all stages

Phase 1Foods inPhase 1 is about transforming your bodyinto a fat burning machine and kickstartingyour weight loss.By limiting the amount of carbs you eat,your body will switch its main fuel sourcefrom carbs to fat. It is a completely safe,natural way to lose weight based on provenscientific principles we’ve refined over thelast 40 years.

Phase 1Here’s an overview of the low carb foods you can enjoyin Phase 1, along with a few to avoid:ProteinAim for 115-175g (in weight) per meal, or 225g ifyou’re a larger manWe recommend you weigh your food in the firstweek so you get a feel for the size of your portions.From then on, it’s ok to estimate.If you don’t have scales at home, here is a roughguide of portion sizes:115g is 1 palm-sized fillet of fish, meat or tofu.175g is a 1.5 palm-sized portion225g is a 2 palm-sized portionFish, meat & poultryENJOY: Leave the rind and skin on your meatand poultry, it’s a good source of dietary fat. Ifit’s not to your taste, add a splash of olive oilor pat of butter to your vegetables instead.Acceptable low carb fish,meat & poultry:Fish Cod Halibut Herring Salmon Sardines Sole Trout TunaMeat Bacon Beef Ham Lamb Pork Veal VenisonAVOID: It’s important to watch out for thecarbs that can be found in some types ofprocessed meats. Generally, you should avoidproducts that are bread crumbed, batteredor flour coated. Also watch out for productsthat contain fillers or added sugars, forexample hot dogs, sausages and deli meats,particularly breaded hams. You can still eatthese products, but you do need to checktheir labels for carbs and make sure that youcould these into your daily allowance. Limitoysters and mussels to no more than 115g asthey do also contain carbs.Poultry Chicken Cornish Hen Duck Goose Pheasant Quail TurkeyShellfish Clams Crab Lobster Mussels Oysters Shrimp/Prawns Squid

Phase 1EggsDietary fatYou can enjoy up to 3 eggs per day on a lowcarb diet.A healthy low carb diet includes a daily amountof dietary fat. Good sources of fat include:ENJOY: Eggs can be prepared anyway youlike so get creative – fry, scramble, poach,or pop them in an omelette.1 tbsp of: Butter, hard or whipped Oils including extra virgin/virgin olive oil,flaxseed oil, grapeseed oil, sesame oil etc. Coconut oilCheese115g (4 oz) a day – The equivalent of fourindividually wrapped slices or cubes the sizeof large dice.ENJOY: Most cheeses contain less than1g of carbs and are fine in this phase,with the exception of cottage cheeseand ricotta, which you’ll be able to addin Phase 2. Make sure you always selectwhole-milk products. Full fat mayonnaiseOther fat sources: ½ avocado Black or green olives Fattier cuts of fish such as salmon/mackerel;or fattier cuts of meat such as lamb orchicken thighs 30ml cream 40g cheese EggsAVOID: Avoid low-fat cheeses, ‘diet’cheese, ‘cheese products’, whey cheeseor any cheese flavoured with fruit.Additional Dairy Productsand Dairy Substitutes45ml (1½ oz) daily or a total of 2–3 tablespoonsHere’s a list of commonlow carb cheeses. Checkthe Atkins Carb Counterfor a more extensive list: Blue cheese Brie Sour cream Single or double creamENJOY: Unsweetened soya or almond milkare fine too, just count the minimal carbsthey contain within your 20g total. Cheddar Cream cheese Emmental Feta Goat’s cheese Gouda Mozzarella, made withwhole-milk Parmesan RomanoAVOID: Most so-called non-dairy substitutesfor milk or cream are full of sugar or highfructose corn syrup so should be avoided.Also avoid cow’s milk for now as its high inlactose (sugar).

Phase 1Carbs - Vegetables and saladOther Salad VegetablesOn the Atkins diet you have a 20g carb dailyallowance but 12g-15g of this should be fromvegetables.A good way to ensure you stay within your lowcarb limits is to use our Carb Counter. It givesyou everything you need to know about servingsizes and carb counts.Your 12–15g of carbs works out at about 175 g(6 oz) of salad leaves plus 200–300 g (7–11 oz)cooked vegetables. Avocados Bamboo shoots, tinned CeleryENJOY: There are lots vegetables to choosefrom in Phase 1, including salad leaves andother salad ingredients as well as cookedvegetables. If you stick to foundationveg, you can more or less eat as manyvegetables as you like as it’s very difficultto go over your carb allowance. Cucumber Mushrooms Olives, black or green Onions Gherkins, dill or sour Radishes, Daikon Spring onionsAVOID: Even though you might betempted, avoid any salad dressingsapart from full fat mayonnaise or oliveoil as they are often high in carbs. Sweet peppers, any colour TomatoesVegetablesw carbAcceptable lod salads:vegetables anSalad leavesoz) or a bigAbout 30 g (1ch of rawhandful of eames in atsalad leaves cocarbs:less than 1g of Bok Choy Chives Cabbage Endivetypes Lettuce, all Rocket Spinachndski Sprouts, all Watercress Asparagus Kale Aubergine Mushrooms Beans, French,broad, green Okra Broccoli Spinach Cauliflower Squash Swiss Chard Turnips Courgette Sauerkraut

Phase 1BeveragesENJOY: It’s important to stay wellhydrated on a low carb diet and the bestway to do this is to drink water. Watercan be bottled, filtered, mineral, spring,sparkling or from the tap. Jazz up yourH2O with a couple of tablespoons oflemon and/or lime juice if you wish.AVOID: You may be surprised to knowbut most vitamin waters are full of addedsugar. Make sure you check the labels andonly the pick the brands with acceptablesweeteners and zero grams of carbs.ages:w carb beverAcceptable loaffeinated,inated or decfeaf(cefeofC d espressohot or iced) anfeinated)ated or decaf Tea (caffeinwithoutand infusions Herbal teasadded sugar Soda waternoneetened withswksnridzy Diet fizDiet Coke,ners, such ascaloric sweeteaded Diet LemonPepsi Max annic water Sugar-free towater – Carbonatedlories’must say ‘no cailksoy/almond m Unflavouredgle or double Cream – sinCondiments and SeasoningsENJOY: All fresh herbs are acceptable inPhase 1 and contain virtually no carbs.Small amounts of dried herbs, includingbasil, bay leaves, chives, coriander, cumin,oregano, rosemary, thyme, and others, plussalt and pepper are fine as are most spicesand spice mixes such as chilli powder andcurry powder.AVOID: Lots of spice mixes contain addedsugar, so make sure you check the labels.Salad DressingsENJOY: You can enjoy any prepared saladdressing that has no added sugar andno more than 3g of carbs per serving (1–2tablespoons). A better lower-carb option isto make your own vinaigrette with olive oilplus either vinegar, lemon or lime juice.Acceptable low carb foods: Blue cheese dressing Celery salt Caesar salad dressing Chilli peppers Italian dressing Garlic Ranch dressing Ginger root Vinaigrette Italian seasoningYou can also have up to 2 tablespoons of lemonor lime juice a day. Lemon or orange peel, grated

Phase 1Non-caloric SweetenersENJOY: You can add sweeteners to yourlow-carb recipes to make some trulyindulgent low carb treats. Count eachpacket as 1g of carbs, and consume nomore than three per day. Althoughthe sweeteners themselves contain nocarbs, the powdered agent that keepsthem from clumping has a small amount.AVOID: Too much sweetener can causetummy upsets so make sure you keepwithin our recommended daily intakes.If you’re sensitive to sweeteners theycan slow your weight loss down. If thishappens, try cutting down or cuttingout sweeteners.Which Carbs Are Off-Limits for Now?There are some carbs that you should avoidduring the Phase 1: Fruit (other than rhubarb, which is really avegetable). Avocados, olives, and tomatoes– all of which are actually fruit – are fine Fruit juice (other than 2 tablespoons lemonand/or lime juice a day) Caloric fizzy drinks/juice Bread, pasta, muffins, tortillas, crisps and anyother food made with flour or other grainproducts, with the exception of low-carbproducts with 3g of net carbs or less Any foods made with added sugar of any sort,including but not limited to pastries, biscuits,cakes, and sweets Alcohol in any form Splenda or Sweetex (sucralose) Nuts and seeds, nut and seed butters, and nutflours or meals, with the exception of flax mealand coconut flour. (Nuts and seeds are okayafter two weeks on Phase 1) Truvia (a natural product made from stevia) Grains, even wholegrains Canderel (a blend of aspartame,acesulfame-k, sucralose and stevia) Kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils,and other pulses Sweet’n Low (saccharin) Starchy vegetables such as carrots, potatoes,sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Check theAtkins Carb Counter if you’re unsureAcceptable low carb sweeteners: Xylitol (available in health food shopsand some supermarkets) Dairy products other than cream, souredcream, single cream and aged cheeses. Nocow’s or goat’s milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese,or ricotta for now ‘Low-fat’ foods, which are usually higherin carbs ‘Diet’ products, unless they specifically state‘low carbohydrate’ and have no more than3g of Net Carbs per serving ‘Junk food’ in any form Products such as chewing gum, breath mints,cough syrups and drops, or liquid vitamins,unless they’re sweetened with sorbitol orxylitol. You can have up to three a day of those.Count 1g per piece Sauces which contain added carbs such asBBQ, cocktail, ketchup, pasta sauces etc. Tomato sauce, tinned or stewed tomatoes,tomato purée and tomato paste are allacceptable in Phase 1, as long as they containno added sugar

Phase 2Foods inIn Phase 2, you will increase your carb intakeby 5g increments to find your carb tolerance.You can now add nuts, seeds, berries andcertain cheeses to your menu, as well asAtkins food products.By increasing your carbs gradually, you’ll findout exactly how many carbs you can eat whilestill working towards your goal weight. It’llform the foundation of your low carb lifestylein the long term.Remember, weight loss in this phase usuallyhappens at a steadier pace than in Phase 1.Be patient, if you stick to a few rules,you will get to your goal.

Phase 2Here’s an overview of the low carbfoods you can enjoy in Phase 2,along with a few to avoid.Nuts and SeedsENJOY: Peanuts, cashews and soy‘nuts’ are not true nuts, but can bereintroduced in Phase 2.AVOID: Chestnuts are very high incarbs and should be avoided, as shouldsalted nuts, because they are difficult toeat in moderation. Nut spread productslike Nutella contain added sugars, soavoid them too.Acceptable lowcarb nutsand seeds: Almonds Brazil nuts Cashews Coconut (fresh or gratedand unsweetened) Macadamias Hazelnuts PeanutsBerries, Cherries,and Most MelonsThe fruits suitable for Phase 2 are lower incarbs than most other fruits. This is becausetheir fibre content is relatively high and fruitsugar content is relatively low.ENJOY: Always have berries or otherPhase 2 fruits with cheese, cream, Greekyoghurt (acceptable in this phase), or nutsto reduce the impact on your blood sugar.You can also use them to garnish a salad,the oil in the dressing does the same job.Melon with prosciutto is a classic fruit-andprotein combo.AVOID: If you’re using frozen fruit, makesure it’s not sweetened. Similarly, tinnedfruit is fine in water or juice but avoid syrup. Pecans Pine nutsAcceptable low carb fruits for Phase 2: Pistachios Pumpkin seeds Sesame seeds Blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries,fresh currants, gooseberries, loganberries,raspberries, and strawberries Soy “nuts” Cherries, sour or sweet Sunflower seed Walnutss Unsweetened cranberries and cranberrysauce made with acceptable sweeteners only Melon: cantaloupe and honeydew (but notwatermelon)

Phase 2More Dairy OptionsENJOY: You can enjoy a wider range ofdairy products in Phase 2. Make sure yougo for whole-milk or full-fat varieties,including yoghurt.Acceptable low carb pulses: Black beans Black-eyed peas Broad beans Butter beans Chickpeas EdamameAVOID: Remember, low-fat dairy productsare higher in carbs so should be avoided. Haricot or navy beans Hummus Kidney beans Cottage cheese (not low-fat) Peas, split Ricotta cheese, made with whole milk Pinto beans Yoghurt or Greek yoghurt, natural wholemilk, unsweetened Soybeans Whole milk, fresh (limit to 4 tablespoons) orevaporated (limit to 2 tablespoons).PulsesIf you want the extra variety in your diet,you can now add pulses. Alternatively, youmay choose to wait till Phase 3 if that suitsyou better.ENJOY: Pulses are a great filling additionto salads or as a substitute for rice. You canenjoy the dried, tinned or pulses that aresold fresh or frozen like green soybeans(edamame) and baby lima beans.AVOID: Products such as baked beans aremade with added sugar so you shouldavoid them. Hummus is fine, but watch outfor bean dips made with sugar or starches.Tomato and lemon/lime juiceIn Phase 1 you could have 2 tablespoons lemonor lime juice; now you can have: 50 ml (2 fl oz) lemon or lime juice 125 ml (4 fl oz) tomato juice or tomatojuice cocktail

Phase 3Foods inWith your goal weight in sight, Phase 3 is all abouthelping you establish a long-term way of eatingso you can stay happy and healthy for good.You’ll gradually build up your carb tolerance,so by the time you’re ready to move on to Phase 4,you know exactly what works for you.

Phase 3Here’s an overview of the additional lowcarb foods you can enjoy in Phase 3:Other FruitsBefore adding extra fruit into your lowcarb diet, add pulses if you haven’t already.However, if you’re not a big fan of lentils andother beans, simply skip them.Acceptable Phase 3 fruits: Apples Apricots Grapes Grapefruit Kiwi fruit OrangesENJOY: As with the berries, cherries,and melon that you added in Phase 2,introduce these higher-carb fruits in smallquantities, starting with one at a timeand only once a day. Tropical fruits suchas banana, mango, and pineapple areconsiderably higher in carbs than otherfruits, so wait till you’ve seen how youtolerate other fruits before trying them.As long as it’s made without added sugar,you can enjoy a small portion of jelly, jam,preserves, and fruit preserves made fromPhase 3 fruits.AVOID: Always try to have fresh or frozenfruit wherever possible, but make surethe frozen varieties have no added sugar.Tinned fruit in water or juice is fine, butavoid syrup. Papayas Peaches or nectarines Pears Plums Pomegranates WatermelonStarchy VegetablesYou’ve been eating plenty of foundationvegetables in the first two phases of the NewAtkins Diet. After reintroducing other fruits,it’s time to try to reintroduce the rest of thevegetable family. Like foundation vegetables,these vegetables are high in fibre andantioxidants; however, they’re higher in carbs.Acceptable Phase 3 vegetables: Beetroot Carrots Corn on (or off) the cob Jerusalem artichokes Peas Parsnips Potatoes, sweet and white Turnips Winter squash Yams

Phase 3Whole GrainsRight at the top rung of the carb ladderare grains, which is why they are the lastwholefood group to be reintroduced.Not everyone can tolerate grains and theproducts made with them, so go slowlyand find out what works for you.ENJOY: Products made with wholegrainsare acceptable, but remember that thecarb counts may vary greatly from oneproduct to another. If in doubt, checkthe Atkins Carb Counter.AVOID: Make sure you don’t confuserefined grains such as white flour andwhite rice with wholegrains. Bakedgoods, including bread, pitta, tortillas,biscuits, and cereals made withrefined grains are still a no-no, with theexception of low carb products. Productsmade with wholegrains are acceptable,but the carb count may vary greatly fromone product to another.Acceptable whole grains for Phase 3: Barley Cornmeal Couscous, whole-wheat Kasha (buckwheat groats) Wholemeal flour, wheat berries, bulgur,and cracked wheat Millet Oat bran and porridge oats (not instant) Quinoa Rice, brown, red, or wildMilkIn Phase 3 you can also increase your daily intakeof whole milk to 125 ml (4 fl oz), but continue tosteer clear of low-fat milk and other low-fat dairyproducts. You also can experiment with lowcarb products that have up to 9g of Net Carbsper serving.

Phase 4Foods inPhase 4 is all about helping you enjoy yourhealthier, low carb life in the future – andkeeping you at the weight you’re happy with.You can enjoy all the foods that are acceptablein all of the previous phases.You know the ins and outs of low carb livingoff by heart by now, so you won’t be surprisedto hear that the work doesn’t stop justbecause you’ve hit your goal. If you keep thecarb balance that you’ve refined over the lastweeks and months, there’s nothing to stop youstaying at your goal weight indefinitely.If you do have a period where things slip andyou gain weight or your cravings come back,don’t panic. You can get back your ‘Atkinsedge’ by simply dropping your carb in take by10 to 20g to regain control.Fancy trying something new?We have lots of tasty low carb recipeswaiting for you at atkins.com

Atkins Carb Counter if you’re unsure Dairy products other than cream, soured cream, single cream and aged cheeses. No cow’s or goat’s milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese, or ricotta for now ‘Low-fat’ foods, which are usually higher i

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