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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.


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.¹

Classic keto diets include very high levels of fat (75-90% of calories) and protein (5-20% of calories) but extremely low levels of carbohydrates (less than 5% of calories). 

¹ Nelms, M., Sucher, K., Lacey, K., Roth, S.L.. Nutrition Therapy & Pathophysiology; 2nd edition (2011). Wadsworth 

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. 

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Atkins Keto Infographic

Weight Watchers

How It Works

Focus on counting "points" assigned to foods.

What You'll Eat

All foods - keep track of points which are based on proteins, carbs, fat and fiber.

Why Atkins is Better

Point-counting diets try to limit the overall amount of food consumed but still allow processed foods, added sugars and empty carbs which prompt your body to store fat.

When considering what the best diet is for you, it is important to eliminate or significantly decrease your consumption of culprit foods that cause weight gain, such as bread and pasta.


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.

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.


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, eggs. Fish and seafood twice a week. Oils (not butter) and herbs/spices.

Limit: Sweets and red meat.

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.