Monday, May 19, 2014

Losing Weight with Atkins

Let me start off by saying I have no affiliation with the Atkins brand; I'm not on their payroll, and they are not sponsoring my blog.  I have never been contacted by the company, nor have I contacted them.  I'm just loving their products!

I remember having read somewhere that the Atkins Diet was a low carb diet, and since that seemed to be what my heart doctor was recommending when he suggested that I cut out pasta, pizza, potatoes, and bread, I decided to try some Atkins Meal Bars.  

My favorite is the Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar.  I don't recommend eating Atkins bars all the time, but occasionally if I've consumed too many calories at lunch and breakfast and want a light dinner, I grab one of these bars.  They are delicious and contain helpful nutrients.  Like anything else, I'm sure moderation is the key.  I have read that some people suffer from allergy symptoms or constipation from eating Atkins bars.  I limit myself to 3 or 4 per week and have not experienced any difficulty.

I also purchased some Atkins Strawberry protein shakes, but I haven't tried one yet!

Even though the Atkins Diet recommends that you cut out carbs altogether and concentrate on protein and fats, I'm not following that.  I have my Quaker Oat Squares or Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon every morning.  I refuse to give up orange juice, and I try to incorporate a variety of fruits and veggies into my regimen while avoiding too much fat.

.  So far, this seems to be working as I'm losing weight and still feeling fine.

I do need to ramp up the exercise, however.  Visiting the "Chamber of Horrors" twice per week isn't enough, so I'm trying to get in the habit of doing more walking.  (See last Thursday's post, if you missed it!)

Anybody else out there trying to "downsize?"

EVA     (see last Thursday's post if you missed my description of the chamber!)


Stephen Hayes said...

I try to eat healthier foods as I get older but I've given up on ever being thin. I would like to be more active and feel more energetic.

Merlesworld said...

In the last couple of tears I have gained weight but have never been on a diet but have noticed that lately I'm not as hungry as I once was, I'm hoping I will lose the excess without too much effort.

Jayne Martin said...

May I suggest you substitute a whole orange for the orange juice -- which has a bunch of sugar. I eat a whole orange every day for lunch. I get all the vitamins and the fiber, which makes me feel full longer AND is crucial to weight loss.

Brian Miller said...

i lost like 35 pounds once on it...i think it def works...and you have to balance diet with exercise for sure and make sure you dont rob yourself of the vital nutrients...

Vodka Logic said...

There are other bars that are good too..
Well done

Eva Gallant said...

Stephen: At this point in my life, I don't expect to ever be THIN, but I would like to shop for clothes in a regular store, rather than have to go to "Plus Size" retailers!

Merle: Good for you...hope you are successful. I'm trying not to think of this as a diet, but as a lifestyle change.

Jayne: Sounds like it's worth a try...but I do love my orange juice!

Brian: Good to know...and good for you to have lost 35 lbs.

Vodka: Thanks!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om]
Yes it's the exercise which is the key as we move through life - good eating habits are certainly worth embracing, but we just get slower and slower don't we? I am vegetarian so the key factors for me are watching the carbs and boosting movement. Working on it!! YAM xx

Pearl said...

I'm on it, too! Third week over here!

I was on it in 2002, lost 30 pounds.Took a while to gain them back, but I persevered! ha ha

They're beef/broccoli in merlot is a pretty decent frozen dinner, when you don't have time for anything else...

Hang in there!!


River said...

I've seen these bars and sold many in my years on the checkout, but never tried them myself. I just don't think I could manage eating one small bar of anything as a meal substitute. They may be filling, but I'd be more likely to eat something that takes longer to chew and swallow. A plate of veggies perhaps. With a miniscule steak for the protein or a hard boiled egg.
I'm very glad this is working for you.

River said...

Just read Pearl's comment and have to say that's a problem for me with those frozen diet dinners, (even the ones that aren't diet), is the wines. So many of them have red wine as a component and I really dislike the flavours. Almost every frozen dinner with beef in it has red wine unless it's curry.

Eva Gallant said...

Yamini: Yes, exercise is key...I am trying to move more!

Pearl: I'm not really following the Atkins Diet, just cutting back on carbs. The only trouble with those frozen dinners is the high sodium content.

River: I find the bars filling and they satisfy my sweet tooth. The Atkins frozen chili and Mexican Chicken are pretty tasty, but high in sodium.

Sue said...

Yep, I am. Results are slow but steady.

Too bad I'm so impatient!