With the rise in popularity of the Mediterranean Diet, let’s see how it compares to the Atkins Diet.

There are certainly many things that the Mediterranean Diet has in common with Atkins. Both ways of eating have you avoiding processed foods and added sugars, and the Mediterranean Diet may also help you control your blood sugar levels, just as Atkins has been proven to do.

If you follow a Mediterranean Diet, you’ll focus on vegetables and fruits, potatoes, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, with smaller portions of yogurt, cheese, poultry and eggs, oils, herbs and spices, and fish and seafood twice a week. You limit red meat and sweets.

If you are sensitive to carbs, the Mediterranean Diet’s emphasis on potatoes and whole grains may mean you’re consuming more carbs than your metabolism can handle. But, you can do a Mediterranean-style Atkins by limiting the potatoes and whole grains, depending on your personal carb tolerance, and filling your plate with vegetables, and rounding out your meals with yogurt, cheese, poultry, eggs, fish and seafood, while adding flavor to your food with fresh herbs and spices and cooking with olive oil. With a Mediterranean-style Atkins program, you’ll be able to enjoy many of the benefits of eating this way, while controlling your carb intake.


Posted by Colette Heimowitz
Atkins Nutritionist