The Atkins Diet promotes low carbohydrate diet. But unlike popular belief, Atkins Diet does not promote eating unlimited amounts of fatty meats and cheeses. The Atkins Diet does not impose calorie restriction or exact portions of proteins but rather promotes eating protein until satiated. The newer revisions clarify misconceptions rather than replace the correct advice in the older books.
The Atkins20 Diet has 4 Phases.
Phase 1: Induction – Jumpstart to weight loss
- Under 20g of carbohydrates per day for 2 weeks
- High Fat and High Protein
- Green leafy vegetables
Phase 2: Balancing – Starting Carb Ladder
- Add nuts, Low carb vegetables, fruits, cottage cheese, yogurt and more
Phase 3: Fine Tuning – Raise Daily Net Carb
- When close to desired weight, you will be adding carbs gradually until weight loss slows down
Phase 4: Maintenance
- The weight loss goal has been reached. It is not a permanent lifestyle but more of continuing food from previous phases and reintroducing some food that were avoid but now you can handle. The goal is to control weight by adjusting carb intake.
- Eric C. Westman, M.D., Stephen D. Phinney, M.D., and Jeff S. Volek, Ph.D (2010) The New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great, 350pp, Fireside Books (Simon & Schuster)
- Robert C. Atkins (2004) Atkins for Life: The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss and Good Health, 370pp, St. Martin’s Press
- Robert C. Atkins (2001) Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution Book, 560 pp, Avon Books; Revised ed.,
- Robert C. Atkins (2000) Dr. Atkins’ Age-Defying Diet Revolution: A Powerful New Dietary Defense Against Aging, Saint Martin’s Press, LLC,
- Robert C. Atkins (1999) Dr. Atkins’ Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature’s Answer to Drugs, 416 pp, Fireside Books (Simon & Schuster)