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colette_heimowitz's Blog
Hit the Road with Atkins

A large part of my job with Atkins involves traveling around the country, promoting Atkins and teaching people how to successfully lose weight while living a low-carb lifestyle. Since I have been doing Atkins for so long, I have had to learn how to stick with my low-carb eating plan no matter where I am—planes, trains, automobiles, you name it! As you hit the road over the holidays (or any time during the year), print out this handy cheat sheet of tips that have worked well for me (and many other Atkins devotees):

• Pack snacks in small containers or zip-top bags so you can track your intake of Net Carbs. Use a cooler with an ice pack, if needed, and include veggies with salad dressing; ham or turkey rollups; Greek yogurt with berries; nuts; olives; smoked salmon rolls; cheese; hard-boiled eggs and Atkins bars and shakes.

• Check if you will have access to refrigerator during your stay and stock up on the snacks listed above.

• If you know the restaurants where you’ll be dining, check out the menu in advance to pre-select your low-carb options. Having a plan before you go out to eat makes it easier resist any high-carb temptations.

• Try and stick with eating schedule. For example, if you eat five small meals per day at specific times, follow the same schedule even when you’re on the road.

• Don’t be afraid to ask what’s in a dish—either at a restaurant or someone’s house.

• Eat a snack or small meal before you go out to reduce your appetite.

• Eat only until satisfied, but not stuffed.

• Drink alcohol in moderation if you are beyond the early phase of Atkins, and watch out for drinks containing sugar or fruit juice.

• If your host pressures you to try something like cake or pie, say you’re full.  Or politely take one bite, and say you’re full.

• If attending an event at someone’s house, offer to bring a low-carb option.

• If you are staying with family or friends for the holidays, talk to them in advance about their plans for meals, and offer to make some of your favorite low-carb recipes to contribute to the festivities.

• Stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle with you and refill it frequently.

• Stay active. Walk instead of taking a cab. Check out your hotel gym or pull on your running shoes and go for a jog or walk outside. You can pack portable elastic bands in your suitcase for a quick do-anywhere resistance workout, or bring along a workout DVD. Staying with family or friends? Offer to walk their dog if they have one, enlist everyone to go on a walk after dinner or look into guest passes at local gyms.

Published Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:24 AM by colette_heimowitz
Filed Under: Carb Balance/Carb Intolerance, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Personal observations & lessons learned
Comments
Jacq said:
Awesome tips Colette! A great way to show just how easy it can be to stay on plan regardless of where you are going. :)
December 10, 2013 01:34 PM EST
naugy81 said:
Great advice! Thanks Colette!
December 12, 2013 01:01 AM EST
Kmledda said:
I have been religiously following Atkins induction phase...... To the letter purchased Atkins frozen meals and meal replacement bars etc... Prepared and measured all approved foods...only had18-30 net. Carbs daily,weighing portions,drinking water and not deviating once... Purchased the New Atkns Made Easy book, not a morsel off plan... I have not lost one pound and in fact gained a pound. I have been on this diet 5 days . Weigh 178lbs. Want to lose 30 lbs.. Very very discouraged.. At this rate how can I lose even 10 lbs in the induction phase. Help help help... No medications whatsoever, no thyroid issues, no diabetes.. No health issues get plenty of sleep... What is going on here... Bough keto sticks... Light /small color... Not dark burgundy when tested... And I need some advice.. Please respond
November 08, 2014 11:17 PM EST
Kmledda said:
I meant to say 18-20 net carbs per day Not 18/30... That was a typo...Kathleen
November 08, 2014 11:19 PM EST
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