Definition of Atkins diet in US English:

Atkins diet


  • A diet high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates, prescribed for weight loss.

    • ‘The Atkins diet cuts out carbohydrates and boosts consumption of protein without having to avoid fatty foods.’
    • ‘Then there's the Atkins diet, which is one of many that advocates a higher protein, lower carbohydrate menu plan.’
    • ‘Sales were especially weak in North America, where diet trends have changed due to the popularity of the Atkins diet.’
    • ‘If you're on the Atkins diet or something similar, you ought to pay attention to this study.’
    • ‘For the first week of the study, the subjects followed their typical eating habits, after which they followed the Atkins diet for two weeks.’
    • ‘Does this mean that low-carb, high-protein diets like the Atkins diet are ideal for diabetics?’


1970s: named after the American cardiologist Robert C. Atkins (1930–2003).


Atkins diet

/ˈatkənz ˌdīət/