The Atkins diet officially called the Atkins Nutritional Approach is a four-phase process that involves dramatically reducing carbohydrate consumption then gradually reintroduce carbohydrates into your diet. To decide whether to try the Atkins Diet take a more in depth at each stage below
The first phase of the Atkins Diet called induction is the hardest. You reduce your carbohydrate intake to 20 net carbs a day-almost none considering that bread alone in a six inch Subway sandwich has twice that.
replacing carbohydrates that form the basis of a typical American diet the Atkins diet will eat more protein and fat in the form of lean meat fish and eggs. You can also eat leafy greens and other non-starchy or sweet vegetables.
The induction phase generally lasts two weeks and is designed to make your body burn fat accessories instead of carbohydrates you eat. Atkins dieters report losing the most weight in this phase.
Ongoing weight loss
After the induction phase of the Atkins diet you begin to add a little variety in your diet. In the second phase called the “ongoing weight Joss every week you add in some formerly forbidden foods like nuts and berries the equivalent of five net carbs a week.
When weight loss slows down you are supposedly on your “critical carbohydrate level for losing and should not add more carbohydrates into your diet.
Once you have found your “critical carbohydrate level for losing” in the second phase of the Atkins diet and has about 10 pounds to lose you can proceed to the third pre-maintenance” phase.
In this phase you will continue to add carbohydrates into your diet until you are at your ideal weight and is no longer losing or gaining weight. At this point you have reached your “Atkins carbohydrate equilibrium and shall not add more carbohydrates in your diet. Some whole grains are acceptable in this penultimate stage but lean protein still forms caloric base.
After a month at your goal weight you are upgrading from the “pre-maintenance” phase and proceed to “lifetime maintenance the fourth and final part of the Atkins diet. For the rest of your life try you and maintain your “Atkins carbohydrate equilibrium” and continue to eat a high-protein high-fiber low-carb diet.
As with any major dietary shift check with your doctor before starting the Atkins diet. Be sure to stick with lean meats and do not add too much saturated fat in the diet as it has been associated with increased risk of heart disease. When starting Atkins you’ll cut out major food groups of fruits and whole grains-key sources of nutrients-so take a good multivitamin to stay healthy.”