-kaitlin kelly

What is the Atkins diet?

The Atkins diet is a low carbohydrate diet, usually recommended for weight loss.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros
  • Many people have lost a lot of weight on this plan. Several Atkins dieters I know have lost as much as 80 pounds.
  • Some Atkins dieters see improvements in cholesterol levels (despite the diet's high fat content).
  • Cons
  • Potential but seemingly rare complications can include osteoporosis, hypotension, liver and kidney problems, and possible increase in heart disease risk.
  • You must account for every gram of carbohydrate you consume which can be difficult for some people to do, particularly when eating out.
  • Those who return to eating carbs again usually regain all -- if not more than -- the weight they lost during the diet



eggs, scrambled or fried in butter with bacon, ham or canadian bacon

Decaf. Coffee or Tea



1 cup salad greens

1 cup sliced turkey or ham (sugarfree)

2 tbsp sugar free Dressing of choice


2 cups salad greens with 2 tbs dressing or 1 cup steamed vegetables assorted, from the permissible vegetable list

Steaks, roasts, chops or fish

diet jello with artificially sweetened heavy cream

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Side Effects

Drastically cutting carbs from your diet can cause headache, dizziness, weakness, fatigue and constipation, according to Constipation is a particularly common problem that occurs from consuming less fiber and more protein. To help prevent nutritional deficiencies, people on the Atkins Diet need to take supplements or add some high fiber carbs and whole grains to their diet. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, supplements only partially remedy nutrient deficiencies from lack of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains