Atkins' Top Ten Tips For Beating Diet Brain
- Don’t cut calories too low
This will not only risk lowering your metabolic rate and therefore making it even harder to lose weight, but it will also deprive your body and brain of the vital nutrients it needs to function properly. Make creating tasty, satisfying meals easy by registering on the New Atkins Diet website and try the recently launched meal planner, which will design your meals for you and even suggest recipes
- Snack between meals
Snacking keeps your blood sugar levels stable. If you snack healthily rather than go hours without eating, you will feel more energised and less preoccupied by a rumbling tummy. Why not try a delicious Atkins Advantage Bar or an Atkins Day Break Shake?
- Don’t skimp on fats
Fats provide essential fuel for the brain, so add avocado to salads, drizzle veggies with olive oil and eat fatty fish, such as salmon, at least twice a week. Try this delicious Atkins recipe for dinner
- Stay hydrated
Dehydration can cause lack of concentration and ‘diet brain’, so aim to drink eight to 10 glasses of water per day
- Eat salt daily
When your body sheds excess water you may also lose some electrolytes which contain sodium, so ensure you consume some table salt or soya every day to replace the sodium your body needs. How much salt is needed each day is a commonly asked question on our free online forum, so why not find out more and join the discussion?
- Include protein with every meal
Not only does protein keep you feeling fuller for longer, it also provides vital amino acids, particularly when dieting or exercising intensely. Aim to consume 4 - 6oz of poultry, fish, meat, eggs or other forms of protein with every meal
- Reduce sugary foods and refined carbs, such as white bread, pasta and white rice
These ‘bad’ carbs cause spikes and dips in blood sugar levels, which leave you feeling energised for a short time, followed by a crash. These fluctuations can affect your mood and leave you feeling low and irritable. To discover good sources of carbohydrate that are permitted on the New Atkins Diet, visit the website
- Be prepared and stock up your cupboards
Nothing can guarantee a bad mood and tiredness more than letting yourself get over hungry from a lack of planning. Clear your cupboards of the junk and stock up on proteins, healthy fats and lots of vegetables. For many healthy, tasty recipe suggestions, visit our recipe section
- Don’t be hard on yourself if you slip up
You are only human, so don’t worry if you give into temptation every now and then. Beating yourself up will leave you feeling depressed and disappointed, so get right back on the wagon and you’ll soon be in fat burning mode again. For guilt free treats, why not try some products from the Atkins Endulge range?
- Be patient
Remember that slower weight loss is healthier and easier to maintain, so aim to lose 1 - 2lbs per week. Why not register on the new Atkins website to receive the monthly newsletter, which contains dieting advice, health and fitness tips and exclusive competitions, or speak to other Atkins followers on the online forum