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Atkins Diet Quick Hits:Should I count Calories on Induction?

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Published on Aug 9, 2009

Should you count Calories as well as Carbs on Induction? Do Calories matter on the Atkins Diet? Perhaps, but more importantly should you obsess over them like an accoutant with the company's books? That answer is unequivocally no. During Induction IMO, you are relearning your way of eating and living and are already denying yourself former comfort foods. Adding the burden of counting Calories on top of that seems prohibitive and fraught with delving back into a Low Cal, Low fat mindset. During Induction, your body should be your guide. If you are hungry, eat. Eat something on plan. If that means 16 oz of ribeye to satiate that hunger, so be it. Your body will begin to tell you more and more with stronger messages when you are done.

After Induction, some people may chose to evaluate for themselves if they personally need to count Calories. For me as I have said elsewhere, Calories only mattered to make sure I was eating enough. I did not use those numbers to restrict my intake at all. Others may need to use them as a portion control as the appetite suppression with higher carbs of OWL is lessened.

So after Induction, it is up to you and whatever you need to be successful, but counting Calories on Induction (in order to restrict the amount) to me seems a recipe for feelings of deprivation and less than optimal results.

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