The Program: How to Maximize Your Chances of Dieting Success


Doing Atkins right is all about having the right food at hand. Unless you have the goods in the house, inevitably you're going to find yourself in a problematic situation. Imagine this scenario: You may have been following Atkins to the letter, but after a grueling day at work, the kids are clamoring for dinner and there's nothing in the house that's Atkins-compliant. So you wind up eating mac and cheese with the family. Not good.

Here's a better way. Keep an emergency store of Atkins-friendly foods on hand at all times. Stock your freezer, fridge and pantry with the following foods, and you'll always be able to put together a tasty low-carb meal. Although these foods are are suitable for Phase 1, Induction, they'll stand you in good stead no matter which phase you're in. Start making your shopping list right now!

In the Fridge:


  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Cheese
  • Herring in cream sauce (without added sugar)
  • Rotisserie chicken (not honey basted)
  • Sliced roast beef or fresh turkey
  • Hard salami and other cold cuts with no added sugar
  • Salad fixings


In the Freezer:

  • Hamburger patties, lamb chops and/or pork chops
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken breasts or thighs in individual ziplock bags so you can defrost them quickly in a bowl of warm water

In the Pantry:

  • Tuna or salmon in cans or vacuum bags
  • Sardines, crabmeat and clams
  • Vienna sausages
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Marinated roasted red peppers

Just be sure to replenish supplies as you use different and you'll always be able to get a delicious meal on the table in no time!

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Disclaimer: Nothing contained on this Site is intended to provide health care advice. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider. Consult your physician or health care provider before beginning the Atkins Diet as you would any other weight loss or weight maintenance program. The weight loss phases of the Atkins Diet should not be used by persons on dialysis or by pregnant or nursing women.