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What are some tips for surviving the Atkins diet induction period?

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To survive the induction phase of the Atkins diet, it is important to avoid high-carb foods. An ideal breakfast consists of bacon, eggs and vegetables fried in coconut oil. For lunch, eat salads with chicken or seafood cooked in olive oil, or leftovers from previous dinners.

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For dinner, appropriate meal options include steak with low-carb vegetables, a cheeseburger with no bun, stir-fried vegetables and beef, salmon or trout with low-carb vegetables and butter, meatballs or pork chops with low-carb vegetables, and grilled chicken wings. Try to eat a wide variety of low-carb vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, spinach and kale. In addition to water, green tea and coffee are excellent beverage choices.

Ideal snacks include one or two hard-boiled eggs, a piece of meat or cheese, nuts, Greek yogurt, and berries with whipped cream. When eating at a restaurant, ask about substituting extra vegetables for rice, potatoes or bread. Ordering fatty fish, such as salmon, trout or sardines, is appropriate. When applicable, order extra butter or olive oil with the meal.

To avoid temptation, remove foods that do not coincide with the initial Atkins phase from the household completely. Such foods include ice cream, bread, flour, cereals, soda, sugar and juice. Keep track of carbs, and eat under 20 grams of carbs for the first two weeks of the diet.

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