How to Use Protein Shakes to Jump Start Atkins


The Atkins diet was once thought to cause a huge list of heart problems and elevated cholesterol. Today, those myths are busted and more people are losing weight on low carb diets than ever before. If you don't like meat, you can jump start Atkins without ever tasting a single steak.

Things You'll Need

  • Zero Carb Protein
  • Vegetable Oil

Choose a zero carb protein powder. There are protein powders that contain carbs and those that do not. For the Atkins diet low carb jump start, you will need to find a zero carb protein. General Nutrition Centers, GNC, offers a great option that tastes great and mixes well.

Measure the shake. You will need to figure out how much protein you need to consume each day. Excess protein will be converted to carbohydrates in the body and that is the last thing you want on Atkins or a low carb diet. Generally speaking, 0.4 grams of protein per pound is good.

Add the fat. At the heart of a low carb weight loss diet is the fat. The body will use up all the carbohydrate stores and start burning fat for fuel. Adding two to four tablespoons of fat to each shake will jump start the low carb diet and shove the body into ketosis faster.

Tips & Warnings

  • The protein shakes can be used for two out of three meals.
  • Some roughage needs to be eaten every day.
  • Do not consume protein shakes with carbohydrates.

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