The most popular foods eaten while on the Atkins diet are fish, fowl, shellfish, meat and eggs. A common misconception is that the first phase of the diet, the low-carb phase designed to boost the metabolism, is the entire program. Other foods the diet allows during the first phase are fats and oils, cheese, artificial sweeteners, foundation vegetables and herbs and spices.
By the second phase of the Atkins Diet, it is acceptable to add more carbohydrates, including foods such as nuts and seeds, berries, cottage cheese and yogurt. This diet is designed to help participants find the proper carb balance by slowly adding them back into the diet one phase at a time. Phase three adds a limited amount of starchy vegetables, fruit and grains to the diet. Phase four, the lifetime maintenance phase, is a sustainable permanent lifestyle change and commitment to healthy eating.
The Atkins Diet is effective for weight loss without calorie counting. It was first popularized in 1972 by the best-selling book by physician Dr. Robert C. Atkins, “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution,” and again in 2002 by his second book, “Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution.” Dr. Atkins resolved his own obesity with this diet method.