Atkins – Good or Garbage?


Have you seen the “New!” Atkins frozen dinners that are becoming very popular?  I did, and it caught my attention because of the 23 grams of Protein, the “no sugar added” and low carbs.  (This is what I’ve been following for my weight loss success.)  Of course, I definitely bought a few!  This is a great product – right?  Or, is it garbage?

This morning I packed my lunch included the Atkins, “Turkey with Vegetables” along with my other healthy food choices (e.g., light greek yogurt, almonds, apples w/natural peanut butter).  While my frozen dinner was in the microwave cooking for the 5 minutes that it takes during my lunch.  I decided to read the Nutrition Label on the back.  (Note:  I have a calculation that I follow to ensure that my food choice is at least 65% protein or higher –  preferably higher.

Guess What!?!  This frozen dinner didn’t advertise that it had 23 grams of FAT!  23!!!!!   Whoa!   I did my little calculation… and, guess what I did?!  I took 1 bite (sorry, I had to taste it) – and then tossed it right in the GARBAGE!   There was no way that I was going to take in 23 grams of FAT in one sitting!  That means 207 of the 360 total calories is all FAT calories.  That is crazy.

What the heck?!  ATKINS – WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO US?  MAKE US FATTER?  Isn’t our nation heavy enough from the foods that are out there?  I thought of you as much better than that!  I was sorely mistaken!

I learned a serious lesson today…  reading labels is important.  And, more importantly – to stick to my calculation.  (In my calculation, 207 of the calories are FAT calories – and ONLY 92 calories are PROTEIN Calories. 

I’ve learned so much in the last 6 months about food, what to eat and what to avoid.  I’d love to hear from you…  What are your favorite foods?  Are they a good choice?  I’d love to hear what you are eating – and – avoiding!


9 thoughts on “Atkins – Good or Garbage?

  1. I’m fairly sure Aitkins is one of those diets that says eating fat is OK. Like you, I disagree. I avoid saturated fat and make sure to have a little monounsaturated fats as well as omega-3 fats every day. So I eat nuts and seeds, avocado, low-fat Greek yogurt, fish, salads with protein, and soup with veggies etc. I have lots of recipes using these healthy food choices (and others) on my website if you’re interested 🙂

    • Thank you for your comments… I love your website!! 🙂 As for Atkins, I’ve since learned that they use a term called “Net Carbs”… (I’m hoping to write a quick post of this.) It is a new misleading and possibly mis labeling that a few other companies use, as well. The actual carbs are much higher on their nutrition labels – however, on the packaging they claim only a small fraction of the carbs…

  2. I avoid as many prepared foods as I can. I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables my proteins come from fresh Fish, Chicken, Beef and Pork. I always felt from a young age that fresh and natural is always the way to go. I do eat Junk on occasion but it is very restricted.
    Mike Mc

    • Mike – you are definately an example of what I would like my diet to consist of!!! A new goal, I guess!!! 🙂 With working 2 jobs and having (um… older kids at home)…. And, being on the run…. I seem to grab a frozen meal at least once a day. I’m going to have to learn how to cook in advance to have my week of fresh chicken/beef “ready to go”. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!!

    • YES! Gross is for sure! I also learned that there is something called “NET Carbs”… It is NOT the actual carbs that our bodies will take in! There are actually more… just read the label. This is mis-labeling. There are articles about it. Guess, something I’ll be writing about!!! Be careful! Atkins is BAD NEWS!

  3. Prepared foods are generally gross. However, depending on the diet you are following, that fat content might not be a bad thing. Personally I eat Keto and my calorie macros are 70% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbs. Sounds crazy, but it works. 🙂 But, you have to follow that as a plan, not just a random really fat meal here or there.

  4. So here’s a minority voice.

    If you want a good look at the other side of the picture, try to find a copy of The Art and Science of a Low Carb Lifestyle by Jeff Volek. He’s a nutritionist and professor at the University of Connecticut, and he gets into the actual science behind diets like Atkins. He points out from a science background how the body metabolizes fat, what it does with fat, and why fat in the diet is not the evil that most people think it is. In fact he would argue it’s necessary especially if you are on a low carb.

    I do know that with Atkins they make a distinction about Net carbs. What they are doing is counting the carbs that actually affect your blood sugar. Basically what they do is take your total carbs minus the fiber carbs and that is how you come up with net carbs. Fiber is considered a carb but it doesn’t affect your blood sugar. So if you ate a sandwich that had 30 grams of carbs from bread, your blood sugar is going to spike a lot more than if you ate a salad that was 30 grams of carbs but 15 of those was fiber. Because of that, the salad is considered 15 net carbs because only 15 of those carbs are metabolized into sugar. In that regard it really is a better measure of carbs.

    Personally, I don’t have a beef with the fat content. I think it’s actually better for you. However, I don’t like the Atkins packaged stuff because of something else. They like to add sugar alcohols for sweetening. They don’t count as net carbs either because your body doesn’t process those either. If you’ve ever had a decent sized piece of sugar free chocolate, you kind of understand that concept, because your body can’t get that crap out of you fast enough. Without getting graphic let me just say it’s not a pleasant experience. So where that’s concerned, I echo the comments about processed food – If you’re putting crap into your food products that your body wants to get rid of that quickly, that’s not quite right either.

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