Atkins diet is a low carbohydrate diet that aids in weight loss. It involves limiting the consumption of carbohydrates so as to switch the body's metabolism from metabolizing glucose as energy source and converting stored body fat into energy.
It was developed by Robert Atkins to resolve his own obesity problem.
The Atkins Diet comprises of the following four stages - Induction
- The dieter has to restrict the carbohydrate intake. Ongoing weight loss
- Some healthy carbs can be gradually added to the diet plan. Pre-maintenance
- The carbohydrates can be added until weight loss is achieved. Maintenance
- Continuing the healthy eating habits for lifetime.
While on Atkins diet one can eat low carbohydrate vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, pumpkin, turnips, cauliflower and tomatoes; most protein foods like meat, seafood and eggs; and healthy fats like olive oil for cooking.
Besides weight loss, Atkins diet helps prevent cardiovascular disease. However, some research has indicated that Atkins diet may endanger the kidneys, result in dehydration, or lead to other health problems.