Atkins diet: Your three day kickstart plan

Follow in the footsteps of the likes of Kim Kardshian and check out our three day kickstart plan for the Atkins diet.


by Closer staff |
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After the birth of her daughter North in 2013, Kim Kardashian dropped 3 and half stone in just a matter of months. The 5ft 2 reality star, 34, went from a size 16 and around 12st to a slim size 10 and 9st and revealed that it was all down to the low-carb Atkins diet. She said: ““Fifteen years ago, I tried the Atkins diet with my dad and we both lost weight really quickly. And I’m still doing it. I still have my cheat days.” She added: “Atkins worked for me and I don’t feel tempted to eat a bunch of junk food. It’s just about staying healthy.”

Kim initially skipped phase one of the diet as she was breastfeeding – the first phase bans all carbs, including fruit, milk and yoghurt – and went straight to phase two, which allows a wider range of veg, some fruits, natural yoghurt and small amounts of whole milk, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils. Kim also included lean meat, fish, eggs, cheese and healthier fats like avocado and veg oils, so that she had enough nutrients for breastfeeding.

Cutting down on carbs and eating more protein acts as an appetite suppressant and encourages the metabolism to burn fat rather than store it. However, Closer nutritionist Juliette Kellow says Atkins-style diets are definitely not for the long- term – but more a kick-start for your weight loss. She says: “While the Atkins diet certainly helps you cut out processed and sugary foods, such as sweets and biscuits, it also limits healthy carbs, like most fruit, pulses, nuts, dairy and wholegrains.

“It’s an extreme plan and only ever suitable as a short-term kick-start for weight loss. I’d never recommend the plan for new mums – but if you’re not breastfeeding and want to give it a go, start at phase two like Kim did, which includes a more varied selection of foods. The plan is also difficult for vegetarians as it involves a lot of meat and fish.”

Try Juliette’s diet plan based on the types of food Kim ate as part of the Atkins plan. Choose one breakfast, lunch and dinner and two snacks for each day. Have eight glasses of water a day – a few cups of tea or coffee are ok as are diet or sugar-free soft drinks but avoid fruit juice and alcohol.


Atkins diet: Your three day kickstart plan

RECIPE: Cheese and spinach omelette1 of 14

RECIPE: Cheese and spinach omelette

This omelette is easy and quick to prepare and will set you up for the day ahead.

RECIPE: BLT wrap2 of 14


This low-carb breakfast gives you a bit of savoury and sweet to wake up to in the morning. Great for the Atkins diet.

RECIPE: Greek yoghurt with berries and almonds3 of 14

RECIPE: Greek yoghurt with berries and almonds

This is a super simple but delicious breakfast, ideal for the Atkins diet.

RECIPE: Broccoli and stilton soup4 of 14

RECIPE: Broccoli and stilton soup

This healthy soup tastes decadent but is still low carb and low fat - the best of both worlds!

RECIPE: Grilled chicken salad5 of 14

RECIPE: Grilled chicken salad

A fresh and flavoursome salad - add a handful of strawberries for the perfect Atkins lunch.

RECIPE: Italian lunch6 of 14

RECIPE: Italian lunch

A slice of the Italian Riveria - on a calorie budget. The perfect salad to take into work or enjoy at home.

RECIPE: Chicken and veg stir-fry7 of 14

RECIPE: Chicken and veg stir-fry

A low-carb favourite that's quick, easy and bursting with flavour.

RECIPE: Mediterranean roasted veg8 of 14

RECIPE: Mediterranean roasted veg

A mouthwatering dinner that's big in nutrients and ideal for an Atkins diet.

RECIPE: Grilled salmon with asparagus9 of 14

RECIPE: Grilled salmon with asparagus

A light, zesty dinner full of superfoods!

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Try 2 handfuls each of raspberries and blueberries with 1/2 a pot of greek yoghurt for a sweet treat.

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1 hard-boiled egg with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and 1tbsp light mayo make a tasty snack.

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6 tbsp guacamole with 3 celery sticks is great between meals.

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Pick 9 walnut halves, 12 pecan halves or 21 unsalted almonds for something to nibble on.

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2 celery sticks filled with 5 tsp of peanut butter will help keep you going.

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