Atkins Diet Induction Menu Plan

The first phase of the Atkins diet, aptly named the induction phase, is more restrictive than later phases and is designed to jump-start your weight loss. You are limited to 20 grams of net carbohydrates each day, which refers to the amount of carbs in a food item minus the fiber content. Aim to get 12 grams to 15 grams of your daily carb allotment from vegetables.

Atkins diet eliminates carbs. Credit: Stefano Gargiulo/iStock/Getty Images

Introduction to Induction

Green salad. Credit: Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images

The goal of the induction phase is to focus on getting the majority of your carbohydrates from leafy greens and other high-fiber, nonstarchy vegetables. You'll eat lean meat, fish and poultry, also. You can choose from three regular-sized meals or opt for four to five small meals. The induction phase allows you to have up to 4 ounces of cheese as well as healthy fats such as olive oil, walnut, sesame and safflower oils. Acceptable sweeteners include sucralose, saccharine and stevia, but limit yourself to no more than three packets daily.

references & resources
Load Comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.