Summer Weight Loss Tips: Take a Look at Atkins

Summer is a great motivator to lose weight.  Shorts, swimsuits and t-shirts reveal what's been hidden in winter.  While fad diets, like Paleo, come and go The Atkins Diet stands the test of time.  While there is no one-size-fits-all diet, the science on the safety and effectiveness of this one gets better every year.  If counting calories hasn't worked for you, this may be just the ticket.

Essentially, this diet limits carbohydrates (sugar).  Since that's the prime source of energy, the body turns to fat (including stored body fat) for and alternate source of energy.  That provides the body with a steady stream of fuel; and steady fuel means weight loss - even when more calories are consumed! Studies show reduced hunger and cravings, and greater weight loss with this plan.

The Atkins Diet includes a wide variety of foods.  Contrary to common belief, It doesn't exclude any of the food groups.  Dieters count carbohydrates rather than calories.  The focus is on adequate intake of protein and fat; and a wide variety of nutrient-rich vegetables.

The plan is designed around four phases.  Nuts, seeds, legumes, low-glycemic fruits and whole-grains are gradually added in to round out menus.  And, because of the wide variety of foods, the Atkins Diet is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.  An added bonus is clinical research that shows the risk of heart disease, diabetes and insulin resistance are reduced.

Celebrate summer and choose delectable recipes like Breakfast Berry Parfait, Garlic Shrimp with Avocado Dip, Lemony Chicken, Shrimp & Vegetable Kebobs and Cherry Cobbler.  All while losing weight.  For more recipes, info, free tools and apps go to