Atkins Diet Shopping List

Updated February 21, 2017

The Atkins diet is responsible for starting the low-carb revolution in the United States and abroad. The premise of the Atkins diet is that eating a limited amount of carbohydrates and incorporating foods higher in protein into your diet will lead to weight loss. There is a definite list of preferred foods in the Atkins diet. When looking at food labels, pay particular attention to the amount of carbohydrates in the food item. Look for food items that contain no sugar as well. Artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, are acceptable.


Meat is a fundamental part of the Atkins diet plan. Add fresh beef, chicken and fish to your Atkins diet shopping list. For on-the-go lunches, purchase canned varieties of meat such as tuna and salmon. Avoid adding prepackaged meats to the shopping list that may contain hidden sugar or carbohydrates.


Stop by the dairy department when shopping for foods while on the Atkins diet. Add items such as eggs, cheese, milk and butter to your weekly Atkins shopping list. The Atkins diet encourages protein-rich dairy consumption. Full-fat mayonnaise and sugar-free pudding cups are other items to add if you desire. According to, sugar-free foods are important, as sugar converts to high insulin levels, which are linked to obesity.

Fruits and Vegetables

Specific fruits and vegetables are allowed on the Atkins diet. Add fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb to the Atkins diet shopping list. Do not add fruits to the list that contain added sugar, such as fruit cocktail. Vegetables to add to the grocery list include spinach, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, mangetout, bok choy and cauliflower.


You may eat specific condiments while on the Atkins diet. Add items such as mustard, soy sauce, white vinegar and sugar-free or low-carb salad dressings. Pay attention to condiment labels while shopping. They need to be low in carbohydrates and sugar.

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