October 27, 2010

What to Expect

Author: Scott D. Irwin

By now you should be reading the first seven chapters of New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great and beginning to think about what you will eat for the first two weeks.  The first two weeks are called “induction,” a process where you begin to mentally and physically adjust to the low carb lifestyle.  During this time, your body will begin to burn fat instead of relying on carbohydrates for fuel.  Therefore, it is important to induction correctly and ensure that you get most of your 20 net grams of carbs from vegetables while still getting your protein.

Unfortunately, many people suffer “side effects” from induction.  This post aims to prepare you for them and give you tips to avoid them.

  • Dizziness, and Headaches: Don’t skip meals and be sure that you eat three full meals a day.  If you still have headaches or dizziness try eating smaller meals and more of them – perhaps four to six a day.
  • “Smelly” Urine: During induction your body may enter ketosis, a state in which your body will burn fat instead of carbohydrates or glucose.  This usually ends in a couple weeks as you add more foods and carbohydrates back into your meal plan.  Be sure that you are drinking at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day, more if you exercise or have a job where you are active all day.
  • Bad Breath: This may be the result of ketosis as above, however with changes in the Atkins diet this is more and more uncommon.  You should be sure that you are eating enough vegetables and drinking enough water.

You can avoid these pitfalls by following the rules for induction, following the tips above, and moving off of induction after two weeks.  Check out New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.

Note: If you have not done so already, I urge you to consult with your doctor and discuss all available options.  I am not a medical doctor, nor do I play one online.  My goal in writing these posts is to give you things to think about and experiment with.  Your mileage may vary (YMMV).


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