If you’re giving the Atkins diet a try, add these foods to your grocery list.
What is the Atkins diet?
Perhaps the original low-carb eating plan, it emphasizes protein and fats while restricting carbohydrates, particularly those from refined, processed, or starchy sources such as bread, pasta, and baked goods. Plenty of fresh vegetables provide fiber, and in lieu of counting calories, followers track their net carbs (the number you get when you subtract dietary fiber content from total carbohydrates on the nutrition label). The tactic is said to slash weight and keep it off by balancing blood sugar levels, reducing hunger, and decreasing fat storage. Developed in the 1960s by cardiologist Robert Adkins, MD, its popularity has remained steady ever since, especially with the recent surge in adopting a ketogenic diet, which forces the body to burn fat instead of carbs. Dana Cohen, MD, an integrative medicine physician in New York City and author of Quench, worked with Dr. Atkins and shares her favorite Atkins diet foods. Find out what it’s really like to follow a low-carb diet.
Contrary to some nutrition programs that emphasize low-fat egg whites as a protein-rich breakfast choice, Atkins diet foods embrace the whole egg. That’s because the yolk provides necessary fats your body needs for the plan to work correctly. “I will dice half an avocado, drizzle extra virgin olive oil, add a pinch of sea salt and then add a fried egg on top—it’s delish, nutrish, and easy,” says Cohen. The combo of healthy fats and protein make it a filling meal.
“For lunch, I’ll eat any greens, and lots of them,” says Cohen. “Arugula is my favorite.” Spinach and kale are also good choices, as they’re high in vitamins K, C, and A, as well as minerals. These are 13 things experts aren’t telling you about weight loss.