Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid

Sep 28, 2007 at 9:29 p.m. ET

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The Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid is based on the writings and work of Dr. Atkins and, for the first time, graphically depicts in traditional "food pyramid" language what Dr. Atkins championed for more than 30 years.

Based on Dr. Atkins' work, the pyramid emphasizes a wide range of protein sources and nutrient-dense carbohydrates, such as most vegetables, certain fruits, nuts, dairy products and whole grains, that have a low impact on blood sugar. One of the benefits of this approach is that the average American can follow a controlled-carbohydrate lifestyle, eat until satisfied and achieve a healthy balance of fats and other nutrients -- all without having to count portions or calories.

It is well worth noting that this is the first food guide pyramid to take into account the impact of increasing physical activity on optimal nutrition. What better positive reinforcement for the many health benefits of improved fitness than the ability to enjoy an even broader range of food options as you increase your physical activity?

Perhaps as importantly, the Atkins Lifestyle Food Guide Pyramid should dispel the many myths and misconceptions about Atkins that have prevented more people from using this effective solution to weight control. The visual imagery of the Atkins pyramid and its accompanying information should provide clarity to those who misunderstand the Atkins program and mistakenly believe that eating many vegetables and fruits is not an integral part of doing Atkins properly.