I’m someone on a limited budget and I am interested in going on a low carb diet. Could I do that on my budget?
It would be very hard. Someone actually figured out how much it would cost to be on 2 different low carb diets. The Atkins diet cost about $100/week and the South Beach diet about $90/week. And it costs even more if you buy some of the special low carb products in the grocery store that are more expensive than their counterparts. Many lower cost foods like potatoes and carrots are not allowed on low carb diets. For more information, go to http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2004-05-02-diet-cover_x.htm and http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2004-05-02-shopping-guru_x.htm.
Ellen Schuster, Associate State Nutrition Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Friday, December 12, 2008