What is the New Atkins diet?


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The New Atkins diet is an updated version of the original Atkins diet. The Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate diet that recommends the intake of less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day.

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The Atkins diet is a three-phase plan that works by significantly reducing the dieter's intake of carbohydrates, causing the body to burn fat for fuel. The Atkins diet asserts that once carbohydrate levels are drastically lowered, the body produces ketones that boost overall energy levels.

The first phase of the plan eliminates several food groups, including pasta, bread, fruit, nuts and seeds. In addition, legumes, caffeine and alcohol are eliminated. The diet emphasizes the intake of protein and fat from animal sources during this phase and recommends any carbohydrates consumed should come from specific vegetable sources.

The second phase of the diet focuses on the continuation of weight loss. In this phase, some of the foods eliminated in the first part of the weight loss regimen are slowly added back to the diet. Dieters begin to consume foods such as fruit and nuts during this period.

The final phase of the Atkins diet is a period of weight maintenance. The diet recommends consuming more carbohydrates and reintroducing the eliminated food groups to the diet as needed to maintain the goal weight.

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