How to Have Dessert on the Atkins Diet

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Many people think that low-car means no dessert. But on the Atkins Diet, dessert is easy, with a little planning. Learn how to fit dessert into your low-carb, high-fat diet plan.

First, remember that while Atkins is low-carb, it is also high-fat. That means you don't need to be scared of creams, cheeses and other high-fat items in your desserts.

A favorite dessert of Atkins Diet adherents is whipped cream. Put some heavy (whipping) cream in a blender or mixing bowl, add a tablespoon of Splenda, and whip. When its stiff enough to stand a spoon in, it's ready to eat. It tastes better cold, so don't let it get warm. Add a little powdered cocoa for color.

Cheese cake is also a popular Atkins Diet dessert. Mix a package of cream cheese, an egg, a half-cup of Splenda, a pinch of salt and a dollup of heavy cream. Put in a pie dish and bake at 350 until the top browns (about a half-hour).

Low-carb ice creams and other commercial desserts can be used in Atkins, but beware sugar alcohols. While they don't increase carb counts, they can cause serious gastric distress, even in small quantities.

Ideally, you won't crave dessert on the Atkins Diet, because being in ketosis often takes away cravings for sugar. But a little creativity can go a long way when the craving sneaks up on you.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you crave fruit for dessert, melons and strawberries are encouraged in the later phases of Atkins, but are not allowed during induction.
  • Heavy (whipping) cream can be an Atkins Dieter's best friend. Keep this handy ingredient in the fridge at all times.
  • Remember that Atkins is a high-fat diet, not a high-protein one. Don't be scared of fat; it helps to keep you in ketosis, which in turns burns fat.
  • The Atkins Diet specifically recommends Splenda over other sugar substitutes. If you use other sugar substitutes, remember that some are not suited to baking at high temperatures.
  • Stick to your strict list of allowed foods during induction to maximize fat and weight loss.
  • Remember that milk is not allowed in any phase of Atkins.
  • Store-bought ice creams and other desserts can be tasty, but also contain sugar alcohols that can lead to diarrhea.

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