It's essential to set yourself a weight loss plan before you start on your Atkins low carb journey. Read our advice for building a healthy diet plan.

Before starting on Atkins, it’s important to know how it works and the foods you can enjoy; for maximum success. Also knowing how much weight you want to lose and having strong reasons for doing so will help you manage your progress and inspire you to keep going.

While everyone’s plan will be different, experience has taught us that in order to give your diet the maximum chance of long term success you should ask yourself some key questions.

  • Why do you want to lose weight?
  • What is your target weight loss?
  • When do you want to lose this weight by?
  • How will you ensure the weight stays off?
Achieve long term weight loss

When it comes to setting your goals, it’s important to be realistic. Trying to drop too much weight too quickly is not really an achievable target, and you should be very wary of following fad diets that raise your expectations to an unsustainable level. In these cases, it is possible that missing your goals will shatter your confidence and, in many cases, people pile on even more weight than when they started their diet.

We’re passionate about ending this kind of behaviour, which is why Atkins sets out a plan that will help you hit your weight loss goal and stay there for the long term. Quick weight loss is a common goal among dieters, and the initial stage of Atkins certainly provides this. The difference between our plan and other diets is that we go on to help you find the point where you can enjoy all the foods you love and remain at the weight you’ve worked to achieve.

This is done by slowing down your weight loss after the initial induction phase, allowing you to get used to your new way of eating without leaving you susceptible to the hunger cravings that spoil things for many fad dieters. While your carb intake is reduced at first, even at phase one you’re still enjoying plenty of fibrous vegetables. You will eventually progress to the ongoing weight loss and pre-maintenance phases, where carbs are gradually reintroduced into your diet to help you find your tolerance.

By the time you reach Phase 4, you will be in an ideal position to plan your food intake in such a way that you can maintain your weight.

Explore the science behind New Atkins

If you’re going to the trouble of trying to lose weight, why not take the time to make sure you choose a plan that works?

Atkins has evolved through the years to keep up with various advances in nutritional science, and our low carb approach has proved successful for many people. Doing the necessary research should be a fundamental part of your diet plan, and you can explore the science behind New Atkins throughout our site to inform your decision.

While most diets involve cutting out fat and counting calories, this kind of approach will more often than not fail to guard against cravings. We’re all only human, and once hunger pangs hit it’s very hard to resist them. That’s why Atkins takes a different approach and cuts carbohydrates, encouraging your body to burn fat for energy instead. Foods such as meat, fish, cheese and vegetables are all key elements of Atkins and can figure in your weight loss plan.

One of the key components of a successful diet is ensuring you don’t become bored by your food choices. Explore our meal planner and check out our recipe ideas for inspirational ideas that will help you stick to your low carb plan.