Atkins' philosophy is that most carbohydrates are "bad" foods that make you fat. The theory is that by avoiding all carbs, the body turns to body fat as a source of energy, thereby losing fat. You eat meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, butter, cream and almost everything from the protein category. In the initial stages you're asked to eliminate virtually all carbohydrates, including most fruits and some vegetables. You can't have sugar, white flour, other refined carbs or any junk food snacks.
There are four phases in the Atkins program.
Phase One: Induction -- Carbs are limited to 20 grams for two weeks. You're allowed only fish, poultry, eggs, beef and other foods high in protein and with "good" fats, such as olive oil.
Phase Two: Ongoing Weight Loss -- Continue with high quality protein and fat, and each week add back complex carbs, such as berries, nuts, legumes and more veggies. You can usually consume between 40 and 60 carbs per day. If you stop losing weight, you go back to Phase One.
Phase Three: Pre-Maintenance -- Add 10 grams of carbs weekly until you get to a point where you stop losing weight. Reduce the carbs if you want to continue to lose.
Phase Four: Lifetime Maintenance -- Include all complex carbs, but try not to exceed 100 grams of carbohydrates per day. (Most traditional food plans allow up to 300 grams of complex carbs per day.)
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