Phase 1 is about transforming your body into a fat burning machine and kickstarting your weight loss. By limiting the amount of carbs you eat to around 20g a day, your body will switch its main fuel source from carbs to fat. Every phase of the New Atkins plan is based on proven scientific principles and is a completely safe, natural way to lose weight.
Phase 1 isn’t for everyone, of course. If you don’t have that much weight to lose or if you are vegetarian for example, you’ll start in Phase 2 instead. Our BMI counter or our nutritionists can help you decide what Phase is best for you.
As a rough guide, start at Phase 1 if:
To start your low carb diet, there are a few rules you need to stick to.
The induction phase is about helping you distinguish hunger from habit, and changing the amount what you eat to suit your appetite as it decreases.
When you’re hungry, eat until you’re satisfied but not overly full. If you’re unsure, wait ten minutes and have a glass of water to see if you’re still hungry. If you don’t have a big appetite at mealtimes, instead of skipping your meal, have a small low carb snack.
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