I know how difficult it can be when learning a whole new way to eat. You may have questions or concerns or just need to vent your frustrations. Maybe you need recipe ideas or inspirational weight loss stories or anecdotes. I know I am one that needs this stuff to keep me sane and motivated. This post is for everyone that needs more information or extra help getting started. This is a post full of some places on the web that I visit every week (some I visit every day).
http://www.atkinsdietbulletinboard.com/ – I am here in the forums every single day! These folks know their stuff and are so friendly and helpful when you have questions or concerns. I try to share what I know with others also because I believe in paying it forward! They have recipes too!
http://www.fitday.com/ – Awesome site! I enter every bite of food I eat every day in fitday. It helps me keep track of how much fat/protein/carbs/calories I am eating. It also lets you track your weight, BMI, measurements and a lot more! One of the best things is that you can calculate your base metabolic rate which lets you know how many calories you can eat per day and still lose weight! Trust me when I say its way more than you ever thought you could eat! I suggest everyone should track their food, it makes a big difference.
http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/index.html – Linda’s Low Carb is AMAZING! Best recipe site around for low carb in my opinion! She separates everything into neatly organized categories and she tries all the recipes she posts! I have made so much good food from here, I can’t recommend it enough!
http://blog.yourlighterside.com/ – This is where I got the oopsie rolls recipe from! Amazing stuff including cauliflower pizza crust that is super yummy! She has lots of tasty ideas and tasty thoughts as well!
http://www.sugarfreesheila.com/ – Again lots of great recipes and a wonderful success story. She has a lot of dessert ideas for when you just have to have something sweet! Not everything is appropriate for every stage of Atkins so make sure to read carefully and know if it is allowed at the stage of the program you are at. :0)
http://www.atkins.com/Homepage.aspx – This is the Atkins Nutritionals page. Now let me say first off that first and foremost these guys are trying to make money. Please take this site with a grain of salt and be smart about the information you glean from here. I personally have never and will never use the Atkins bars or shakes or any of their other products. They are not as good as real whole foods and actually stall many people or make it hard to break that sugar/carb addiction. I do like a lot of things here though. They have a recipes section which is great. They also have a good carb counter and allowed foods list so that you can reference what to eat. They do not express the Atkins diet in the way that Dr. Atkins intended so please tread lightly.
http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Atkins-Diet-Revolution-Revised/dp/1590770021/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305445549&sr=1-1 – This is the Atkins bible. I only use the 2002 edition because it is the last edition that Dr. Atkins was personally involved with before his death. Then Atkins Nutritionals took over and added the bars and shakes and such. You can literally buy this book used on Amazon for 1 cent plus shipping. You have to have this book! You need to read it cover to cover and reference it often! I actually bought mine in a thrift store for next to nothing, they are out there in abundance and extremely cheap so please get a copy!
Ok, that should get you started. Any questions please ask and don’t be afraid to search out your own resources! There are lots of low carb recipes and forums online that are great. These are just my personal favorites but I am finding new things all the time! If you find something great please share with me too 🙂