New Atkins Diet Embraces Veggies 'The New Atkins' book recommends five servings of greens By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Mar 24, 2010 4:11 PM CDT 15 comments Comments The Atkins Diet is now okay with vegetables. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – The Atkins Diet is going green—leafy greens that is. An upcoming book revising the diet, The New Atkins for a New You, puts a bigger emphasis on veggies, urging adherents to chow down on them from day one. “If there is one thing to disprove, it's the myth that vegetables are not included on Atkins,” one of the three doctors who wrote the book tells the Daily News. They’ve also loosened the diet’s prohibition on caffeine and alcohol. “It’s okay to have limited amounts,” the author says. “The small things, we don’t sweat so much anymore.” One skeptical nutritionist tells ABC News that while Atkins may indeed help people lose weight in the short term, it "isn't a diet I would recommend somebody stay on." The limits on carbs and the need for supplements (because "the diet isn't adequate") are two sticking points.