Now, we are not great fans of the Atkins approach. There is little denying that the diet plan is effective and works quickly, but realistically it cannot really be thought of as a healthy diet that one can stay on for a long time not expect something bad to happen. but regardless, for interest's sake, here is an outline of what is the "induction phase" of the Akin diet, whereby the body's metabolism is tricked into creating ketogenesis - that is where the body starts to converts its own body fat into energy to make up for the absence of carbohydrate in the diet.
In addition to the list of acceptable foods to the Akins diet, there are a few rules that are important to follow during this period of the diet if it is to be effective.
During Induction, you need to eat three regular-sized meals per day or four to five smaller meals. If you find yourself jittery and hungry between meals, try breaking down your meals into smaller portions and eat more frequently.
In order to stave off carbohydrate cravings, you wíll need to constantly keep your body running on the proteins and vegetables on the plan. Never skip meals and never go more than six waking hours without eating.
You can eat freely from the list of acceptable foods. Do not restrict your fats and proteins. Eat as much of them as you like. Remember, the Atkins diet is not a calorie-restricted diet. The only thing you need to worry about is your level of carbohydrate grams which is kept to the minimum possible. Make sure to count your carbohydrate grams when you eat vegetables, cheese.
At least 12-15 grams of your allowed carbohydrates should be from your vegetable list. While it may be tempting to eat them all in cheese, vegetables are important to your digestive system (especially while on this diet).
On the Atkin's diet, during the induction phase you should avoid all fruit, bread, pasta, grains and starchy vegetables (like cauliflower or squash) during this time. These foods will be slowly introduced throughout the course of the pre-maintenance phase. Although beans are high in protein, they also include carbohydrates and should be avoided during this phase. If you feel that you must have some grain products, you should limit yourself to high fibre, low-carbohydrate products. However, this may slow down your weight loss process.
Anything that isn't on the acceptable food list is forbidden by Atkins during the Induction phase.
Remember to change the quantity of acceptable foods to suit your appetite and needs. At the beginning of the Induction phase, you may find yourself eating much, much more than you will toward the end of the phase. As your body breaks its habituation to sugar and carbohydrates, you will find yourself being less hungry during the day. When this starts to happen, make sure to eat only what you need. Eat until you are satisfied and not overly full.
Be sure to drink plenty of water on this diet plan and take good advise before considering it.
What the Atkins diet did demonstrate really well, was that it is necessarily dietary fat that causes body fat, but rather the dietary carbohydrate that we eat that creates the body fat.
However, body fat isn't the only issue, and large intakes of animal fats will still cause the bowel and breast cancer risks as well as cardiovascular risks. Being thin just isn't enough to be healthy.