Foods encouraged on the Atkins diet include meats, fatty fish and seafood, eggs, low-carbohydrate vegetables, full-fat dairy, nuts and seeds and other healthy fats. The Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat and high-protein diet for health and weight loss.
Drinks encouraged on the Atkins diet are tea, water and coffee. Foods to avoid on the Atkins diet include sugar, grains, processed vegetable oil, trans fat, low-fat foods, high-carbohydrate fruits and vegetables, starches and legumes.
The diet consists of four stages. The first stage, induction, lasts two weeks and allows for less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. The second stage, called balancing, adds nuts and small amounts of carbohydrates and fruit into the diet. The third stage is fine tuning and allows for additional carbohydrates until weight loss slows. The fourth stage is maintenance, in which dieters find the maximal amount of carbohydrates they can eat without regaining weight.
Studies show the diet as effective for weight loss without generating high LDL cholesterol in most individuals. Low-carbohydrate diets are generally effective because high-fat and high-protein foods are filling and create a lower appetite. Founded by Dr. Robert C. Atkins in 1971, the Atkins diet is popular across the globe.