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Atkins 40 Overview: Easy Diet Plans

With the Atkins 40 Plan, you can enjoy a full range of food options from every food group—carbohydrates, protein and fats—while still losing weight and feeling satisfied, never hungry! Vegetables, pasta, even potatoes? Yes! You can have it all on the Atkins 40 Plan, starting from Day One! Download everything you need to get started!

Here's how the Atkins 40 Plan works:

Start with 40 grams of Net Carbs of carbohydrates a day. Net Carbs represent the total carbohydrate content of the food minus the fiber content and sugar alcohols (if in the product). The Net Carbs number reflects the grams of carbohydrate that significantly impact your blood sugar level and therefore are the only carbs you need to count when you do Atkins.

Eat three 4 to 6-ounce servings of protein each day. Eat 2 to 4 servings of fat each day.

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Acceptable Foods

Foundation Vegetables - Atkins 40

Foundation Vegetables
 
Serving Size
Net Atkins Count™
Alfalfa sprouts (raw)
1/2 cup
0
Chicory greens (raw)
1/2 cup
.1
Endive (raw)
1/2 cup
.1
Escarole (raw)
1/2 cup
.1
Olives, green
5, each
.1
Watercress (raw)
1/2 cup
.1
Arugula (raw)
1/2 cup
.2
Radishes (raw)
1, each
.2
Spinach (raw)
1/2 cup
.2
Bok choy (cooked)
1/2 cup
.4
Lettuce, average (raw)
1/2 cup
.5
Turnip greens (cooked)
1/2 cup
.6
Heart of palm
1 each
.7
Olives, black
5, each
.7
Radicchio (raw)
1/2 cup
.7
Button mushroom (raw)
1/2 cup
.8
Artichoke (marinated)
1, each
1
Celery (raw)
1 stalk
1
Collard greens (cooked)
1/2 cup
1
Pickle, dill
1, each
1
Spinach (cooked)
1/2 cup
1
Broccoli rabe (cooked)
1/2 cup
1.2
Sauerkraut (drained)
1/2 cup
1.2
Avocado, Haas
1/2 fruit
1.3
Daikon radish, grated (raw)
1/2 cup
1.4
Red/white onion, chopped (raw)
2 TBSP
1.5
Zucchini (cooked)
1/2 cup
1.5
Cucumber, sliced (raw)
1/2 cup
1.6
Cauliflower (cooked)
1/2 cup
1.7
Beet greens (cooked)
1/2 cup
1.8
Broccoli (cooked)
1/2 cup
1.8
Fennel (raw)
1/2 cup
1.8
Okra (cooked)
1/2 cup
1.8
Rhubarb (raw)
1/2 cup
1.8
Swiss chard (cooked)
1/2 cup
1.8
Asparagus (cooked)
6 stalks
1.9
Broccolini (cooked)
3, each
1.9
Collard greens (cooked)
1/2 cup
2
Bell pepper, green, chopped (raw)
1/2 cup
2.2
Sprouts, mung bean (raw)
1/2 cup
2.2
Eggplant (cooked)
1/2 cup
2.3
Kale (cooked)
1/2 cup
2.4
Scallion, chopped (raw)
1/2 cup
2.4
Turnip (cooked)
1/2 cup
2.4
Tomato, small (raw)
1, each
2.5
Portobello mushroom (cooked)
1, each
2.6
Jicama (raw)
1/2 cup
2.6
Yellow squash (cooked)
1/2 cup
2.6
Cabbage (cooked)
1/2 cup
2.7
Green beans (cooked)
1/2 cup
2.9
Bell pepper, red, chopped (raw)
1/2 cup
3
Leeks (cooked)
2 TBSP
3.4
Shallot, chopped (raw)
2 TBSP
3.4
Brussel sprouts (cooked)
1/2 cup
3.5
Spaghetti squash (cooked)
1/2 cup
4
Cherry tomato
10, each
4.6
Kohlrabi (cooked)
1/2 cup
4.6
Pumpkin, mashed (cooked)
1/2 cup
4.7
Garlic (minced, raw)
2 TBSP
5.3
Snow peas (cooked)
1/2 cup
5.4
Tomato (cooked)
1/2 cup
8.6
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How we calculate the Net Atkins Count™

In the Atkins Nutritional Approach, the Net Atkins Count™ is calculated by subtracting the number of grams of fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates in whole foods. This reflects the fact that fiber doesn't impact blood sugar levels. Moreover, in the case of products that contain glycerin and other sugar alcohols (also known as polyols), which also have a negligible impact on blood sugar, they too are subtracted from the total carbohydrates to yield the Net Atkins Count™.

The glycemic (blood sugar) impact of Atkins bars and ready-to-drink shakes has been tested on volunteers, meaning that you can rely on the accuracy of the stated Net Atkins Count™.

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