Atkins Ongoing Weight Loss / OWL Phase
After doing the Induction Phase of Atkins, you are ready for the slower phase of the diet called Ongoing Weight Loss Phase or OWL. It is not unusual for a person not to lose any weight during the 3rd or 4th week.
The body adjusts itself to the loss from induction and although you may feel you are not losing you are. Remember you probably lost around 8 to 10 lbs on induction. It is better to average out your weight loss over a month instead of weekly.
Many people get discouraged by weighing themselves everyday and give up when they don't see the scale move on a downhill slope. Weight loss is an up and down thing. If you prepare yourself for the mini-stalls you will be more likely to stay with the diet and see the success it will bring. When you feel discouraged remember that it took time to gain weight and it takes time to lose weight.
A healthy weight loss is anywhere from 1/2 to 2 lbs a week. During Ongoing Weight Loss, your goal is to determine your CCLL (carb level for losing). Start by increasing your carbs. by 5 gram increments until you determine your CCLL. This could be anywhere from 20 up to 60 gms. a day. This is unique for everyone. You will stay on OWL until you have reached anywhere from 5 to 10 lbs within your goal weight.
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