What is the Atkins Diet?

The Atkins Diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein weight loss diet.  It was originally developed by Robert Atkins, M.D. back in the 1960s, and has recently exploded in popularity, since the release of his best-selling book, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution .
The theory behind the Atkins Diet is that minimizing carbohydrate intake will regulate insulin production. Less insulin will result in less fat storage and fewer food cravings. So you can eat all the protein and fat you want and still get slim. There are 4 phases to the diet: Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-maintenance, and Maintenance, with each phase becoming easier to stick with. The end goal is to reach your desired weight and find the ideal rate of carbohydrate consumption for you to prevent weight regain.

Top books about the Atkins Diet

Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

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Robert C. Atkins

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The main, must-have book on the Atkins Diet. This is an updated version of the book that started it all. If you get just one book about the Atkins Diet, this is the one to buy.

Designed to catapult your body into a state of fat meltdown, Dr. Atkins's diet has taken America by storm. It targets insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. The bodies of most overeaters are con...
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Dr. Atkins' Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook : Companion to Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

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Veronica Atkins, Robert C. Atkins

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Dr. Atkins' Three-Book Package: New Diet Revolution; New Diet Cookbook; New Carb Gram Counter

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Robert C. Atkins

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Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution: A Powerful New Dietary Defense Against Aging

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Robert C. Atkins, Sheila Buff

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Dump the food pyramid that the American Dietetics Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society all implore you to follow for the sake of your health. Take antioxidant supplements (but skip most of the foods that naturally contain these nutrients). Eat a high-protein diet that has received the thumbs-down from major medical and nutriti...
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Dr. Atkins' Health Revolution : How Complementary Medicine can Extend Your Life

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Robert C. Atkins

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Eating Stella Style: Low-Carb Recipes for Healthy Living

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George Stella, Christian Stella

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Professional chef George Stella serves up a feast of inspiration and 125 delicious recipes to kick-start any weight-loss plan!

George Stella lost more than 250 pounds on a low-carb eating plan and has turned thousands of fans on to Stella Style -- eating fresh, natural foods prepared with minimum effort for maximum taste. In Eating Stella Style, he shows...
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George Stella's Livin' Low Carb: Family Recipes Stella Style

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George Stella, Cory Williamson

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George Stella's Livin' Low Carb has little in common with diet books: In fact, it's got more in common with a cookbook you might have bought for yourself when you first moved out on your own. The style is casual and approachable, with no tense lists of diet-related details or overly-complex recipes, and cooking techniques require little more than a working stove and a frying pan.

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Dr. Atkins' New Diet Cookbook

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Robert C., Md. Atkins, Fran Gare

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