The Atkins Diet

Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

The Atkins Diet, also known as the Atkins Nutritional Approach, was developed by the late cardiologist Dr. Robert C. Atkins. Atkins believed that refined carbohydrates, found primarily in sugar and foods containing flour and high-fructose corn syrup, are the main cause of metabolic disorders today. His diet, in four phrases, restricts carbohydrate intake.

Phase I - Induction

Carbohydrates are limited to 20 grams per day, with 60 to 75 percent of these coming from low-carb vegetables. Up to 4 ounces of cheese, butter and oils are allowed, with no alcoholic beverages. This most restrictive phase causes the body to go into ketosis, a stage of metabolism in which the body burns fat.

Phase II - OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss)

This stage involves a two-gram increase in carbohydrates each week until weight loss no longer occurs, in which case carb increase will cease. The goal is for the individual to get within 10 pounds of his or her target weight.

Phase III - Pre-maintenance

This stage follows the concepts of Phase II but with a 10 gram increase in carbohydrates each week. The goal is find the maximum amount of carbohydrates the individual can intake without suffering weight gain.

Lifetime Maintenance

Once the maximum number of carbohydrates is attained, the individuals follows this with proper diet and exercise.