Remember back in May when I signed up for that marathon thingy and swore I was going to get some of these pounds off?
Yeaaaahhhh… about that….
I’m here to admit, confess, whatever that I’ve had the usual mixed results.
On one front, I’m doing well. I’m still running. More than ever actually. Yay me!
I’m still working out. I added in a gym membership and personal trainer. Can I just say I love gym days with the trainer? I can see how people get addicted to the endorphins of a hard workout.
Yet nothing has changed on the scale. My clothes are fitting differently, so this is progress. I’ll take the NSV (non-scale victory) for sure!
But I have a lot of weight that can come off, thankyouverymuch. I’m following the same pattern that has haunted me for most of my adult life.
I lost some, then gained some back, then settled at my “usual” weight.
It’s all about the food. I know this. You know this. And Atkins knows this.
As an athlete and as a distance athlete I know I need carbs in my life. All the carbs all the time. But I need the RIGHT carbs, you know?
This? This is what’s called “bad carbs.” And with Halloween passing by, and now Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all lurking around the corner, it’s time to get rid of the bad carbs and look toward the good ones.
Atkins is one of the few eating plans I have not tried. Why? Because runners need carbs. Duh. So I’ve avoided this one thinking it would not be doable for me.
What I’m learning is a very simple truth: not all carbs are created equal. You do not need to load up on pasta and bread to get your carb intake. You can eat- wait for it- vegetables (and fruits!).
Whaaaa??? That’s crazy talk, Shenanigans.
No, it’s healthy talk. Who knew that a carrot and a green bean and broccoli can also provide a runner with the carbs needed to fuel their body.
The Atkins diet is called a low carb diet- and this is true. But what’s also true is that it’s the “right carb” diet.
My friends at Atkins are going to help me learn more about their program and their products. This path sounds right for overall health:
On Atkins 40 you will eat:
More vegetables than the USDA recommends
Proteins including meats, fish, poultry and plant-based proteins
Healthy fats including olive oil, avocado and nuts
Dairy including whole Greek yogurt and cheeses
Variety of fruits and whole grains
With Atkins 40 you will learn:
The difference between good carbs and bad carbs
How to eliminate added sugars
How to incorporate healthy fats
How easy it is to adapt to a low carb lifestyle
How to lose weight, feel great, while enjoying healthy delicious foods with a wide range of food choices.
I’d love to have you learn more with me by following Atkins social media channels:
I’ll try the meal plan for a week and see how it goes. Wish me luck!
Have you ever tried the low-carb approach for weight loss? I’d love to hear how you felt on a low-carb plan!
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This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)