A Berlin chef has developed a German version of the Atkins diet – based on pork knuckles, sauerkraut and beer.

At the heart of the plan is the Schweinshaxe, a massive knuckle of pork that comes from traditional Bavarian style of cooking.

It is usually served with dumplings and sauerkraut or, in some regions, red cabbage.

Haxe is traditionally associated with big-bellied Bavarian men but chef Gero Winiarski says the dish can actually help people shed pounds.

Similarly to the low-carb Atkins diet, he says guests at his restaurant are told to ditch the dumplings so they can have the meal with a clear conscience.

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