New Atkins Diet

The New Atkins Diet is a slightly reformulated version of the original Atkins diet that surged in popularity during the 90's.

Dr. Robert Atkins first wrote about the Atkins diet in the 1970s, in his book The New Diet Revolution. The original Atkins diet claimed that you could eat any protein and fat, but little or no carbohydrates, and still become thin.

The original diet lead to a lot of controversy from health professionals because of its endorsement of fatty, cholesterol laden foods.

However, the New Atkins Diet has addressed that criticism by revising the Atkins Diet eating guidelines. Moreover, considerable amounts of research show that the diet is effective (and even leads to more weight loss and health improvements than other diets).

The New Atkins for the New You

The New Atkins Diet has basically changed in the following ways:

  • More of an emphasis on wholesome foods.
  • Stresses the importance of healthy fats.
  • More focused on nutrition from fresh vegetables, lean protein, fruits, and whole grains.
  • More flexible to appeal to people with busy lifestyles.
  • More emphasis on portion and Calorie control.

The New Atkins Diet still is basically a low carb diet that seeks to force the body into ketosis, where fat is used for energy. However, there is now more emphasis on choosing the right foods to accomplish this.

The diet stresses that the dieter should avoid refined carbs yet focus on complex carbs to satisfy the daily carb allowance.

A big area of difference in the new plan is in the area of dietary fat. The original plan encouraged the consumption of saturated fat which has been linked with many health problems (although this has now been questioned). The New Atkins Diet stresses that the dieter should consume healthy fats and limit the intake of saturated fats.

There is also a greater emphasis on portion control and exercise in the New Atkins Plan as it is a little more holistic in its approach to weight loss. Furthermore, Atkins has recently strengthened their online diet program and is in the process of making their services international.

Atkins Branded Food Bars, Drinks, Snacks

Atkins still promotes the use of their processed food line consisting of bars and shakes. Their line of foods is called Atkins Advantage. These products are available worldwide in supermarkets or from their website.

Sample New Atkins Meal Plan

Breakfast

2 scrambled eggs
2 oz. sauteed onions
2 oz. grated cheese
grapefruit

Morning Snack

Low carb bar
4 oz. blackberries

Lunch

Grilled chicken Green salad with dressing
4 oz. sweetcorn
4 oz. red pepper
4 oz. black beans

Afternoon Snack

1 medium carrot
2oz walnuts

Dinner

Steak with flourless gravy
4 oz. mashed potatoes
4 oz. zucchini
Green salad with dressing
1 oz. goat cheese
4 oz. beetroot

Sample Recipe

Baked Chicken with Artichokes

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup soya powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 pound button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 package (9 ounces) frozen artichokes, thawed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Place bake mix, salt and pepper in a shallow plate. Dredge chicken in bake mix, tapping to remove any excess. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned, turning once, about 4 minutes. Transfer to baking dish. Add onion to pan and sauté until softened, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sauté until lightly golden, about 3 more minutes. Add garlic and sauté until aroma is released, about 30 seconds. Stir in wine, artichokes, rosemary and red pepper flakes and bring to a simmer. Pour artichoke mixture over chicken, cover and bake 40 minutes, until chicken is tender and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and stir in oregano before serving.

New Atkins Costs

The New Atkins Diet for a New You retails for $16.00. Those that wish to purchase the Atkins prepackaged food items will have additional costs, but these items aren't essential.

Downsides?

Some people thrive on the Atkins Diet, lose a lot of weight, and gain favorable health outcomes. The growing number of medical trials supports this. However, there is no diet that works for everyone and some dieters have and will struggle with sticking to the diet. Some people need a higher level of carbs to feel functional and energetic.

Although The New Atkins Diet has cleaned up the nutrition aspect of their program, they still promote the use of their highly processed food line which can be counterproductive when pursuing healthy weight loss.

Dieters could consume healthy, low carb, high protein whole foods rather than foods with a high presertative and artificial sweetener content.

References

  • Gardner, C. D., Kiazand, A., Alhassan, S., Kim, S., Stafford, R. S., Balise, R. R., ... & King, A. C. (2007). Comparison of the Atkins, Zone, Ornish, and LEARN diets for change in weight and related risk factors among overweight premenopausal women: the A TO Z Weight Loss Study: a randomized trial. Jama, 297(9), 969-977. Link
  • McAuley, K. A., Hopkins, C. M., Smith, K. J., McLay, R. T., Williams, S. M., Taylor, R. W., & Mann, J. I. (2005). Comparison of high-fat and high-protein diets with a high-carbohydrate diet in insulin-resistant obese women. Diabetologia, 48(1), 8-16. Link
  • Foster, G. D., Wyatt, H. R., Hill, J. O., McGuckin, B. G., Brill, C., Mohammed, B. S., ... & Klein, S. (2003). A randomized trial of a low-carbohydrate diet for obesity. New England Journal of Medicine, 348(21), 2082-2090. Link
Last Updated 1 Jan 2015