THE Atkins Diet has been around since 1972 and even after all the trends in the years since, it is still a viable option for many people.
The crux of the diet is keeping your food intake low in carbs, so if you enjoy bread, pasta, rice and hot chips, chances are this diet won’t be for you.
The Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate diet, recommended for weight loss by eating less carbs and as much protein and fats as you like.
In the last decade, many studies have shown that diets that focus on low carbs can be effective for losing weight and can improve your health overall.
Conceived by Dr Robert C. Atkins, he wrote a book about his diet in 1972 and it has remained popular since.
The Atkins Diet works on four phases: induction, balancing, fine tuning and maintenance. Phase 1: Under 20g of carbs a day for two weeks. Eat high-fat, high-protein foods and leafy greens. Phase 2: Add nuts, low-carb vegetables and a little fruit. Phase 3: When you are close to your goal weight, add more carbs until the weight loss slows down. Phase 4: Eat as many healthy carbs as your body can tolerate without regaining weight. The first two weeks of the diet are the hardest. After the induction is over, you’re not limited to eating a handful of foods. For example, you can eat bacon, cream, cheese and dark chocolate, because of the high fat content.