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When on the Atkins diet, avoid food high in sugars and carbohydrates. In the beginning of the diet plan, foods such as nuts and seeds are off limits. Some of these can be added to the diet in later stages.


Foods that are permitted on the Atkins diet include fat and protein from butter, poultry, vegetable oils, fish, eggs and red meat, says WebMD. Foods that aren't permitted on the Atkins diet include bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables, beans and nuts. Caffeine and alcohol are also prohibited.


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.


The Atkins diet is a diet that restricts carbohydrates, particularly sugar, to cause the dieter's body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates. There are multiple versions of the diet, each with different carbohydrate restrictions. The diet also provides dieters with a list of acceptable foods.


Cardiologist Dr. Robert C. Atkins devised the Atkins diet in 1963. He based much of it on work done by nutritionist Dr. Alfred Pennington in the late 1950s, according to the British Medical Journal. After losing weight on the diet himself, Atkins began prescribing it to patients around 1964.


Dr. Robert Atkins, creator of the high-protein, low-carbohydrate Atkins Diet, published “Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution” in 1972. His popularity increased and reached its height in 1992 when he published "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution."


Cardiologist Robert C. Atkins created the Atkins Diet in 1972, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is a diet that calls for an increase in the consumption of protein and fats and a decrease in carbohydrates.


The best place to locate information about the Atkins diet is on the official Atkins site, at atkins.com. Here is where interested parties can locate information about books and other products for sale, and learn about the program overall.


Retailers that sell foods recommended on the Atkins diet can be found on the Atkins website. As of 2015, the website shows the different categories of Atkins products and where products can be found, based on location.


The Atkins diet relies on high-protein foods, such as meat, fish and shellfish, poultry, eggs and cheese. Dieters can have as much oil and fat as they want. Carbohydrates in the Atkins diet come mostly from vegetables, such as broccoli, celery, asparagus, green beans and peppers.