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The Atkins Diet is a weight management plan that recommends eating low-carb foods, protein, and healthy fats. The goal is to lose weight in four phases, from induction to life maintenance.

Acceptable sources of protein include cheese, eggs, and meat. Dieters are also allowed to eat oil and fat with the exception of trans fats and oils such as soy and corn oil. Peanut, canola, and olive oil are better alternatives. All vegetables are on the list of recommended foods, except for high-carb veggies. The plan also allows small amounts of sugar substitutes. Foods that are banned during the first phase include dairies, fruits, and grains. Nuts, legumes, and alcohol are also forbidden. Many products contain sugar, rice syrup, molasses, honey, and glucose. These should be avoided. Some foods contain sorbitol and maltitol which are added sugars. For low-carb experts, they are worse than sugar.

In addition to weight loss, this nutritional approach offers plenty of health benefits. A research team at the Stanford University carried out a study to explore its benefits. Participants on the Atkins Diet lost more weight and had better cholesterol and blood pressure levels. A study in Diabetes Care shows that overweight patients with type 2 diabetes benefit from low-carb plans such as Atkins. Their blood glucose and hemoglobin levels fell and their body mass index decreased by more than 5 percent within a period of 2 years. The researchers conclude that low-carb plans may prove effective in treating diabetes over the long and short term. A study at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center reveals that a modified version of the plan can be used to treat seizures. The diet is effective if children consume protein, carbs, and fats in the proper ratio. The main benefit for obese people is appetite control and ultimately healthy weight loss.