The Atkins diet is a low-carb diet and is very similar to the ketogenic diet. It is useful in weight loss. In this diet, you consume more proteins and fats but low carbs. It was originally promoted by the physician Dr. Robert C. Atkins.
In this diet low carb and increased protein intake leads to reduce appetite. When carbs are low in the body, it starts breaking down proteins and fats to produce energy for the body, which helps in reducing body weight.
The Atkins diet has 4-Phase Plan
1. Phase 1 – Induction
In this phase, you consume less than 20 grams of carbs per day for 2 weeks. You should eat high-fat, high-protein, which will slowly start weight loss.
2. Phase 2 – Balancing
You should slowly add nuts, low-carb vegetables like avocado, zucchini, cabbage, cucumber to get back to the diet.
3. Phase 3 – Fine-tuning
When you notice that you are very close to your goal weight, then start adding more carbs to your diet to slow down weight loss.
4. Phase 4 – Maintenance
In this phase, you can take as many carbs as you want, without start gaining weight again.
Here are some foods you can consume in the Atkins diet
- Meats (chicken, beef, bacon, etc as these are rich in fats and have low carb valve)
- Fatty fish and seafood
Here are some healthy low carb snacks you can have:
- A half-boiled egg
- A piece of cheese
- A piece of meat
- Greek yogurt
- Berries (blueberries, strawberries).
- Few nuts (almonds, walnuts)
There are many books written on the Atkins diet, you can follow those books also for detailed information on it. It is a healthy diet effective in weight loss. You can follow the above information and start your Atkins diet today.