Dr. Atkins Diet

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The Atkins Diet is probably the most famous of all the fad diets. It advocates eating high protein foods, and eliminating cabohydrates. The body will then use stored fat for energy instead of burning up freshly eaten carbs.

It must be acknowledged that thousands of people have lost weight following the Atkins Diet. I did not try this popular fad diet because I have never been a great meat lover, and I would surely fail on a diet that eliminates practically all carbs. Carb laden foods include bread, fruit, cakes, pasta, ice cream, chocolate and pies.

This plate of greasy bacon is absolutely acceptable for those following the Atkins Diet.

To follow the Atkins Diet correctly, you must eat no more than 20 grams of carbohydrates a day.

The Dr. Atkins Diet Plan

The following foods may be eaten on the Atkins Diet plan as they do not contain carbs.


Beef, pork, lamb, bacon, venison, veal, ham, lamb.


Chicken, turkey, quail, duck, goose, cornish hen, pheasant.


Oysters, tuna, salmon, mussels, clams, squid, shrimp, crab, lobster, herring, sole, trout, flounder, sardines.


Scrambled eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs, boiled eggs, deviled eggs.


Fresh or aged cheese, goat cheese, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese.

You may eat up to three cups a day of any of the following:

Celery, peppers, cucumber, radishes, lettuce, escarole, olives, mushrooms, bokchoy, endive, parsley, alfafa sprouts, jimaca, fennel, mache, sorrel, chicory.

You may eat up to one cup a day of any of the following:

Leeks, scallions, onions, tomatoes, cauliflower, rhubard, kale, eggplant, chard, asparagus, beans, okra, pumpkin, hearts of palm, brussel sprouts, broccoli, snow pea pods, bean sprouts, squash, dandelion greens.

Also permitted:

Butter, lard, olive oil, diet sodas, margarine, coffee, salt, gin, rum, vodka, whisky.

My advice is to follow The Atkins Diet with caution.

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