People misunderstand Atkins as the “All-You-Can-Eat” lobster, steak and bacon diet. It’s very similar to Paleo, except you are not allowed the half sweet potato or any fruit other than berries. Those who choose this plan spend the first two weeks on the “Induction” phase where no nuts or fruit are allowed.
If you like milk in your coffee, the plan suggests you use full fat or “heavy” cream. Artificial sweeteners are frowned against, but stevia, Splenda and the like are acceptable. After the induction phase, you’ll slowly add foods such as berries, yogurt, and other higher carb choices as long as you’re still losing weight.
Some critics of the plan point to the company’s release of prepackaged frozen meals and meal replacement bars as a move that’s opposite of the clean eating lifestyle, but successful practitioners (famous celebs such as Rob Lowe and Courtney Thorne-Smith) swear by it.