The Atkins Diet is named after its creator, the late Robert Atkins. It embraces the low-carb lifestyle. The diet is based upon a four-phase plan with exercise and a vitamin/mineral regimen. Phase one if the Induction phase. It restricts carb intake to twenty. Dr. Atkins suggests the dieter stay on this phase for only two weeks. Phase two is referred to as OWL (ongoing weight loss). Carbohydrates are increased to 25, then 30, then in small increments until weight loss ceases. Then the dieter is to back off on the carbs until weight loss begins again. The dieter stays on this phase until he achieves his optimum weight. Phase three is Pre-maintenance. Carbohydrate intake is increased in the form of good carbs in increments of ten. Phase four is Lifetime Maintenance. This is the way the dieter continues to eat forever to maintain his optimum weight. Atkins does not refer to his way of eating as a diet, but says it is a lifestyle of ensuring weight maintenance and a sense of well-being. It is known as the Atkins Nutritional Approach. While the first phase may be a bit difficult, if the dieter can stick to it for two weeks, then he can move onto phase two which is much easier. By that time, he will free of most if not all cravings, which will make his dieting a lot easier. As with any diet or exercise plan, the dieter should check with his doctor before beginning.