A few resources that discuss the Atkins diet in detail are the Atkins website, Authority Nutrition and WebMD. The Atkins site outlines the four phases of the Atkins-20 and Atkins-40 plans and provides digital tools, meal plans, shopping lists and over 1,600 recipes for users to try.
Authority Nutrition highlights low-carbohydrate eating and places less emphasis on the phases of the Atkins plan. It encourages people to limit their carbohydrate intake to 20 grams per day for the first two weeks of the diet and then gradually introduce healthy carbohydrates, such as fruits, berries and grains. It also discusses the foods that dieters are supposed to eat on the Atkins plan, including meats; fatty fish, such as salmon and trout; eggs; and full-fat dairy, such as whole milk, cream and cheese.
WebMD discusses the Atkins diet in general, including some issues not addressed by the other two websites, such as how difficult it is to follow the diet and how well it fits into a vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free lifestyle. It also offers a physician's opinion about the diet's efficacy, risks and benefits.
The Atkins diet was developed by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, who wrote the bestseller "The Atkins Diet Revolution" in 1972. Initially, health officials thought the diet was unhealthy because it encouraged the intake of saturated fat. However, years of scientific research have proven it to be effective and safe for most people who need to lose weight.