Who Created the Atkins Diet?


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Dr. Robert Coleman Atkins is a cardiologist and the creator of the Atkins' diet. His book "Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution" was published in 1972 and was revised as "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution" in 2002.

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The Atkins' diet limits the consumption of sugar and other carbohydrates and consists of two phases. Phase one allows for the consumption of 20 grams of net carbohydrate intake per day, with select vegetables as the source of 12 to 15 grams of that daily allowance. Phase two slowly increases the daily carbohydrate allowance and begins to reintroduce nuts, seeds, cheeses and milk, as well as legumes and vegetable juices. The Atkins' diet has an associated line of food products intended to support carbohydrate restriction and weight loss.

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