This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Atkins. The opinions and text are all mine.
I finished my six-week weight loss challenge and I lost 11 pounds!* I worked out like a beast during that time, but the most important key to my weight loss was my diet comprised of high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats. In my gym bag, I would have the Atkins Plus Protein & Fiber Creamy Milk Chocolate Shakes. I’d drink them within 30-45 minutes after creating sweat puddles on the gym floor. The 30 grams of high quality dairy protein is vital after my workouts because I needed to repair and build muscle. In each shake, you get 20 Vitamins & Minerals, 30 grams of high quality dairy protein, an excellent source of 7 grams of fiber, only 2 grams of net carbs and 1 gram of sugar. Not to mention it’s Gluten Free so my husband drinks it too!
During my six-week challenge, I used the Atkins balanced approach of high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats. I made sure I had eggs and egg whites, tofu, full-fat Greek yogurt, fish, chicken and Atkins Plus Protein & Fiber Shakes available at all times in my fridge and I am still enjoying them as part of my low carb lifestyle. What has also helped me is meal prepping. With my busy schedule, I’m always on the go and it’s convenient to have something I can grab on my way out.
I feel like there is a misconception that when dieting you have to restrict yourself or go hungry to lose weight. I found that incorporating more protein and high fiber foods made me feel fuller longer. I actually ate more that I typically do because I was working out 5-6 days a week and needed more food for energy. With Atkins, the idea is to eat right, not less. During my six weeks, I didn’t feel like I was restricting myself and was very satisfied with my meal choices.
Here’s what a typical day would look like for me when I’m home:
Breakfast: 1 egg, 6 tbsp. Egg whites, ⅓ cup chopped broccoli and ⅓ cup chopped asparagus. ½ grapefruit.
Post workout shake: Atkins Plus Protein & Fiber Shake
Snack: Full-fat Greek Yogurt and cherries
Lunch: Chicken salad
Snack: Atkins Avocado Kale Berry Smoothie Bowl from Atkins lifestyle book, “Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less”
Dinner: Chicken, butternut squash and broccoli
I also live in the real world and travel and dine out often. I just came back from a trip to Disneyland. If you were following along during my road trip, you saw I packed a lot of healthy high fiber and protein-packed snacks. In my cooler, I had Atkins Plus Protein & Fiber Shakes, carrots, apples, full-fat Greek yogurt and chicken salad.
*Avg expected loss 1-2lbs/week