Phase two of the Atkins diet involves slowly adding carbohydrates back into one's meals in increments of 5 grams. During this phase, allowed types of food include cheese, yogurt, nuts, berries, melons, citrus juices and beans. A complete list of acceptable foods is found on the Atkins diet website.
In phase two of the Atkins diet, a variety of foods may be eaten. Foods that are high in carbohydrates may be reintroduced into one's diet, as long as they are consumed in portion amounts that contain no more than 5 grams of carbohydrates. The amount of carbohydrates in a single serving of any food may be calculated by noting the serving size, then subtracting fiber content from total carbohydrates in order to determine the net carbohydrates.
According to the Atkins diet website, it is important to track carbohydrates intake and portion sizes carefully in order to avoid consuming more than the recommended amount of carbohydrates. During phase two of the Atkins diet, some people may experience strong cravings for restricted foods. If this occurs, consuming a small amount of healthy fat such as olives or half an avocado is encouraged. Weight loss may fluctuate at this phase, but continued adherence to the diet program should result in some weight loss approximately every week.