The Program: Overview

How Does the Atkins Diet Work?

Carbs and fat are your body’s two sources of fuel.

Carbs and fat are your body's two sources of fuel. A low-fat diet is high in carbs; when you eat more carbs than your body needs, it stores them as fat. Atkins is an effective diet that transforms your metabolism from one that stores fat into one that burns fat.


In a nutshell, here’s how Atkins works:

  • You eat a bit more protein—think chicken, fish, shellfish, pork, beef, and tofu; more olive oil, butter, avocado, and other delectable fats that give food flavor; and lots of leafy greens and other vegetables.
  • You initially hold off on higher-carb vegetables, as well as fruit and whole grains.
  • You omit starchy, sugary carbohydrate foods low in nutrients, such as bagels and sweetened breakfast cereals.

The result?

With an effective diet like Atkins, you lose the fat on your tummy, tush, hips and elsewhere, all without hunger.


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Disclaimer: Nothing contained on this Site is intended to provide health care advice. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider. Consult your physician or health care provider before beginning the Atkins Diet as you would any other weight loss or weight maintenance program. The weight loss phases of the Atkins Diet should not be used by persons on dialysis or by pregnant or nursing women.