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Herbal tea is a no-calorie, Atkins-friendly drink
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The Atkins diet focuses on consuming foods that are considered low-carb with no added sugars. The company reported on a study published in "PLOS ONE," which revealed that restricting carbohydrates verses restricting fats demonstrated greater weight loss in participants and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. If you're interested in getting started with the Atkins diet, you'll also need to know which drinks within the program are acceptable.
Water With Phase 1
Although all acceptable foods and drinks are allowed immediately with the Atkins 40 plan, the Atkins 20 plan requires participants to drink solely water during the first phase. The company recommends consuming at least 64 fluid ounces of water per day to help assist with weight loss, since not drinking enough can actually cause you to retain fluid. This is equivalent to eight 8-ounce glasses of water and includes tap, mineral, spring and filtered water.
Unflavored Soy or Almond Milk
Unsweetened and unflavored soy or almond milk work well as a milk substitute. The beverage can be enjoyed with breakfast, or you can use it to make an Atkins-approved smoothie. One example would be blending 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup of raspberries, 20 blanched almonds, 20 silvered almonds and 4 ounces of plain Greek yogurt.
Coffee and Tea
While some diets require you to give up coffee, the Atkins diet doesn't. In fact, participants are welcome to consume between one and two cups of caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee or tea per day. If you don't like your coffee or tea black, you can add a little soy or almond milk, a little light or heavy cream or a plant-based sugar, like stevia or xylitol. Herbal teas are also permitted, as long as they do not contain added barley or added fruit sugar.
There are a few types of sodas that Atkins followers are allowed. Club sodas and flavored seltzers that report no calories on their nutritional labels will give you the carbonation you seek without causing you to fall off the program. Additionally, Atkins does allow certain diet sodas. You'll need to consider the carbs on the nutrition label, because Phase 1 of the Atkins 20 plan doesn't allow for more than 20 net carbs per day. Phase 2 transitions a person slowly up to as many as 50 or 60 grams of net carbs.
Chicken, beef and vegetable broths or bouillons are not only tasty and acceptable drinks on the Atkins diet, but they also contain many health benefits. Dr. Nicole Beurkens, founder and director of Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Caledonia, Michigan, states that bone broth contributes to weight loss, aids in digestion and promotes a good night's sleep. Broths are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain plenty of protein.