Alyssa Milano’s Low Carb Diet
Alyssa Milano gave birth to her second child in September 2014. A few months later she left the entire world’s jaw-dropped after coming back strong losing 46 pounds of post-baby weight.
The American actress toned down from 172 pounds to 126 pounds in a matter of few months and gives full credit to the low-carb Atkins diet promoted by Dr. Robert C. Atkins (a famous cardiologist and physician) back in 1972 in a book that he authored.
Alyssa Milano gave the Atkins diet a huge shout out and stated that it really helped her satisfy her hunger, boost her energy, while substantially losing weight.
While scientists have often pondered over the efficiency of a low-carb diet, Milano accredited her weight loss completely to Atkins diet and not rigorous workout sessions. She clarifies that unlike low-calorie or low-fat diets, you instead eat a lot of fats, but cut down on your carb intake drastically.
Although cutting out fat intake is generally a sine qua non when it comes to dieting and weight loss, the efficiency of Alyssa Milano diet cannot be ignored. And it’s not just her! Other famous celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson have also attributed their staggering weight loss to the Atkins Diet.
So what exactly is Atkins Diet or rather the exact process Alyssa Milano’s diet took?
The Atkins Diet Meal Plan
Atkins diet focuses on higher intake of fats but staggeringly low intake of carbs. Alyssa Milano’s diet chart included fresh vegetables low in carbohydrates, fats like string cheese, nuts and avocado along with heavy proteins like chicken and fish.
How do you eat so much of fat and protein in your daily diet if you are planning to lose weight you ask? Let’s take a look at few sample diet plans following the Atkins diet. These are just an idea of what you can consider while choosing your breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack meals.
Scrambled eggs or eggs fried in low carb vegetables like pepper, cheese slice with lightly fried bacon strips, ham, decaffeinated tea or coffee, water.
A portion of green salad or chicken salad with sugar free dressing, celery sticks, sliced ham or turkey, black and green olives, grilled chicken with a little shredded cheese or cheese dressing.
Salad greens with dressing, pork chops, grilled chicken, steak, grilled salmon, with fresh green vegetables, broccoli or chicken thighs with sugar-free dressing or ranch.
Tuna mixed with dressing, radishes, cheese cubes, string cheese, pork rinds with onions and cream cheese.
How does the diet work?
Atkins diet aims at a simple claim that you can lose weight irrespective of what you eat. It states that you can eat high protein and high fat foods and still substantially lose a remarkable amount of weight by just cutting down on carbs. The basic science behind this is that, with increased intake of fats and protein, you can curb your hunger easily. Your craving for food goes down, and due to the low intake of carbs in your diet, you end up eating fewer calories. Although this diet has always been in the middle of a lot of questions and raised eyebrows and the authenticity of this diet plan has been the center of studies, researches and contradictions, it is needless to say that with actual examples of people benefitting from it, all those stand redundant till proven otherwise.
The Four Phayses of the Atkins Diet
The Atkins Diet plan which was what Alyssa Milano diet suggested has four main phases of the entire diet schedule starting with no carb intake and then gradually increasing it bit by bit over the next three phases.
Phase 1: Strictly No Carbs
The strictest of all the phases, the first phase lasts for a couple of weeks to a month and targets on cutting down carb intake entirely. At the most you get a cumulative 10% of daily calories from carbohydrates which are usually an advised 4-5 times more in any other diet plan.
Phase 2: Balance
This phase lets you incorporate starch grains rich in nutrients in little amounts and is suggested to continue till you are only 10-12 pounds away from your goal.
Phase 3: Maintaining
Addition of starchy vegetables, whole grains etc. with an extra 10 grams of weekly carb intake. This phase continues till desired weight is reached.
Phase 4: Transition
On achieving desired weight-loss, you can gradually incorporate your normal food habits in your diet plan while keeping a check on maintaining the newly achieved weight loss.