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Compare diets: How Does Atkins® Stand Out?

It can be hard to decide what the best diet is for you. Compare us to other popular weight loss programs and you'll see why Atkins stands out among the rest.

  • Low Calorie

    Low Calorie

  • Keto

    Keto

  • Mediterranean

    Mediterranean

  • Paleo

    Paleo

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Low Calorie

Low Calorie

Low Calorie: How it Works

How it Works

A low calorie diet restricts how much food you eat. You lose weight because you are consuming fewer calories than you burn.

What You'll Eat

Low calorie diets restrict the total amount of calories, which can lead users to feeling hungry and unsatisfied. Being hungry makes it more difficult to stick to the plan.

Compare Diets: Low Calorie vs. Atkins

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Atkins

Optimal Protein

Low Calorie

Atkins

Sometimes Low calorie diets count calories, but don’t give guidance on types of foods. Users that aren’t actively trying to meet protein requirements may not meet their protein needs as they cut back on overall food intake.

Easy to Follow

Low Calorie

Atkins

Low calorie diets restrict the total amount of calories, which can lead users to feeling hungry and unsatisfied. If users try to fill up on high volume food to combat hunger, low calorie dieters may need to prep large amounts of very low-calorie produce (celery, leafy greens, etc.). The diet also may require meticulous tracking of calorie intake to be successful.

May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

Low Calorie

Atkins

Low calorie diets do not limit processed sugars, which can cause spikes in blood sugar.

Avoids Processed Foods with Added Sugars

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Atkins

Why Atkins is Better

A low calorie diet is difficult to maintain, and very often you end up being hungry, which makes it tempting to overeat. With Atkins®, you count Net Carbs, not calories, and you choose from a variety of satisfying foods. This way of eating naturally keeps your hunger (and calories) in check, and your metabolism starts burning fat for fuel instead of carbs and sugar, which is a more efficient way of losing weight.

Keto

Keto

Keto: How it works

How it Works

When your metabolism starts to burn fat for fuel, instead of carbs and sugar, the body loses weight more efficiently.

What You'll Eat

The "classic" ketogenic diet - or keto diet - was developed to treat epilepsy. Traditionally, it's extremely strict and should be done only under medical supervision. Classic keto diets include very high levels of fat (75-90% of calories), protein (5-20% of calories) but extremely low levels of carbohydrates (less than 5% of calories) and may also be calorie restricted.*

* Nelms, M., Sucher, K., Lacey, K., Roth, S.L.. Nutrition Therapy & Pathophysiology; 2nd edition (2011). Wadsworth

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Keto

Atkins

Optimal Protein

Keto

Atkins

A classic keto diet requires that 5 - 20% of food come from protein, while the 75 - 90% of the additional calories come from fat. It leaves very little room for carbs. Protein requirements are also quite low.

Easy to follow

Keto

Atkins

A classic keto diet is very strict and medical supervision is recommended.

May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

Keto

Atkins

Avoids Processed Foods with Added Sugars

Keto

Atkins

Why Atkins is Better

A ketogenic diet is low in carbs and high in fat. But, Atkins is a better ketogenic diet. On Atkins you get more food choices and eat a greater balance of macronutrients. Click below to view our full infographic.

Mediterranean

Mediterranean

Mediterranean: How it works

How it Works

Eat similarly to styles of Mediterranean cultures.

What You'll Eat

Mostly plant-based foods (fruits and vegetables), potatoes, whole grain bread, beans, nuts and seeds. Small portions of yogurt, cheese, poultry and eggs. Fish and seafood twice a week. Oils (not butter) and herbs/spices. Limit: Sweets and red meat.

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Mediterranean

Atkins

Optimal Protein

Mediterranean

Atkins

Mediterranean diets do not give guidance on protein intake, except to limit red meats. However this diet promotes beans and other lean protein sources.

Easy to Follow

Mediterranean

Atkins

Sometimes Mediterranean diets have some specific limitations and guidance on how many times per week to eat things like fish and seafood. This diet, more than other diets, may require fresh cooked food, which can be hard for people with limited time.

May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

Mediterranean

Atkins

Avoids Processed Foods with Added Sugars

Mediterranean

Atkins

Why Atkins is Better

This diet can be challenging for those who are carbohydrate intolerant, since they may be consuming more carbohydrates than their metabolism can handle.On Atkins you will learn to identify your individual carbohydrate tolerance, get to a comfortable weight and learn to eat for life.

Paleo

Paleo

Paleo: How it works

How it Works

Eat the same foods that our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors ate.

What You'll Eat

Grass-fed meats, fish/seafood, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, eggs, nuts/seeds and healthy oils. Avoid: cereal grains, legumes (including peanuts), dairy, refined sugar, potatoes, processed foods, overly salty foods, refined vegetable oils and candy/junk/processed/convenience foods.

Compare Diets: Paleo vs. Atkins

Paleo

Atkins

Optimal Protein

Paleo

Atkins

Sometimes The paleo diet encourages dieters to eat grass-fed meats, fish, and seafood, but does not enforce a set amount that users must adhere to.

Easy to Follow

Paleo

Atkins

The paleo diet limits things like processed foods, dairy, refined sugars, and grains, which may be hard for users to adhere to.

May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels

Paleo

Atkins

Avoids Processed Foods with Added Sugars

Paleo

Atkins

Why Atkins is Better

Paleo focuses solely on quality of carbohydrates, but neglects attention to quantity. On Atkins an individual focuses on both quantity and quality of carbohydrate intake. Atkins allows convenience products to help keep you on track, as well as legumes and dairy.