The first phase of the Atkins Diet is called Induction phase. This phase can jumpstart your metabolism and you start on your weight loss journey. The Induction phase can last anywhere from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of one year. It is recommended that you continue with Induction phase until you have lost at least half the weight you want to lose. Atkins recommends that you take in more than 20 net carbs per day. Read on to find out what foods are acceptable for Phase One of the Atkins Diet.
During induction phase, you eat a lot of lean protein. . This includes foods such as chicken, fish, lean meat, seafood and eggs. Be sure to avoid breaded meat and dishes prepared with high carb sauces. Meats are sometimes hidden sugar, so check the labels before you eat them.
The Atkins diet allows 3:57 grams of cheese that are eaten every day induction phase. While most cheeses have less than one gram of carbohydrate per ounce, check labels to be positive. While cream cheese are allowed, cottage cheese and farmer’s cheese is not.
Many of carbs allowed on Atkins Induction phase comes from vegetables. Between 12 and 15 grams of carbohydrates per day should come from vegetables. While leafy greens are the best, there are other vegetables that are also low in carbohydrates such as radishes, cabbage, mushrooms, avocado and peppers.
Fats and oils
The Atkins Diet advocates eating a balance of natural fat while staying away from trans fats. As for oil, olive oil, peanut oil, rapeseed oil and grapeseed are acceptable. As for mayonnaise, choose full-fat plain mayonnaise instead of fat free or light versions. The same goes with salad dressings. You want to choose full fat bottle instead of no added sugar. Margarine is acceptable as long as it is free of trans fats.
Water is of course the best choice of drink to this diet. The Atkins Diet says you should drink eight 8-oz. glasses per day. But if the water is not all you want to drink, you can also choose diet soda or sparkling water. Make sure to check the carb count on something you drink, and be sure to add it to your daily intake of carbohydrates. Decaffeinated coffee or tea is also good, but make sure you do not add anything to it or check the label if you do.