The Atkins Diet

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The Atkins Food Pyramid

The Atkins diet is a low-carbohydrate diet. There is an initial induction phase during which the dieter may consume no more than 20 grams per day of net carbohydrates (total carbohydrates - fiber). After the two-week induction period, carbohydrates are gradually increased to 120 grams per day. With the Atkins diet, there are no restrictions on intake of calories, protein, or fat (except no trans fats).


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The induction phase of the Atkins diet allows for 20 g of net carbohydrates (total grams of carbohydrates - grams of fiber) per day. Which of the following combinations is below 20 g of net carbohydrates? (Hint: Use the hyperlinks beneath the quiz question to help you figure this out.)

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Pros and Cons of the Atkins Diet



  •  Satiates
  •  Provides structure


  • Restrictive
  • Difficult to sustain
  • Does not adhere to national dietary guidelines
  • May increase risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Note that patients with kidney disease, pregnant patients, or breast feeding mothers should not follow this diet.


You can read more about the Atkins diet from the Mayo Clinic at ..