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Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

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Author: 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 continually in a state of hyperinsulinism; their bodies are so adept at releasing insulin to help convert excess carbohydrates to fat that there's always too much of the hormone circulating through the body. This puts the body into a bind; it always wants to store fat. Even when people with hyperinsulinism try to lose weight--especially when they cut fat but increase carbohydrate consumption--their efforts will fail. This is why Dr. Atkins refers to insulin as "the fat-producing hormone."

Dr. Atkins's diet is extremely low in carbohydrates, which helps to regulate insulin production and decrease circulating insulin; less insulin soon results in less fat storage and fewer food cravings. The diet is far from torturous, though--those who've tried it attest that hunger is not a part of this plan. Ninety percent of Dr. Atkins's patients--more than 25,000 of them--have experienced dramatic weight loss. The book includes recipes for such luscious, low-carb dishes as lobster soup, zabaglione, sea bass, and blueberry ice cream, and even includes a carbohydrate gram counter and menus.

Reader Reviews

"One Year Later..."

Rating: 5 stars
I've just about past the one year mark... one year since purchasing and reading the book... one year since going on the diet... and one year definitely for the better... The fact is, you'll find two types of reviews for Dr. Atkins books : Those who are appalled *in concept* by the idea of a high fat/high animal protein diet, and those who've actually read the book, perhaps even done it and also know that in the long run the diet is far more nutritionally "conventional" than all the media and PR let on. (The big message is : go natural and unprocessed... carbs *are* o.k., junk carbs aren't !) The truth is, there's one and only one way to guage any diet... 1) Does it work (and is it practical and clearly presented) ? 2) How does it effect your overall health (*more important than weight loss!). - - In my case, I'm down almost 100lbs., no longer diabetic, and my cholesterol/tryglicerides number have been cut by more than half. Chronic gout is under control (*strangely on a high protein diet !) and liver enzymes are down to normal. - - Is this all because of Dr. Atkins' claims about the overall effect of his diet, or simply because I lost the weight by hook or crook ? - - honestly speaking, I wouldn't even try to answer that. I will say this : That if you actually read the book, you'll find out that many of the more "shocking" things you've probably been lead to believe about the diet ("eat all grease, no vegetables... no need to exercise... and lose weight !) aren't true... Healthy berries, nuts and green vegetables becomes the mainstay of your diet, as they replace JUNK carbs (like potatoe chips, french fries, fried chicken, etc.) - - and no, Atkins isn't a Fast Food diet either... actually most of those foods would border on the VERBOTTEN range - - Natural fats and oils are o.k. but the PROCESSED ONES (such as those commonly used in the deep fat frier) aren't... and chemically processed foods aren't allowed either. - - As you work your way through the varying stages of the diet, it actually goes from the shocking stuff down to common sense... I mean, don't you remember Grandma telling you if you want to lose weight lay off all the bread and pasta ??? - - All in all, I can only tell you the reason I like Dr. Atkins' diet and book : Its very practical... easy to follow, no calorie counting... and actually has you eating in a way to control your apetite... this isn't to say that I do know people who've tried it and dropped out because it didn't work for them (most simply refused to give up the foods they're not supposed to) but dispite the media sensation, the idea that its "dangerous" and "disturbing" seems like pure exploitation (often egged on by promoters of other diets, food industry interest groups or of course, so called "radical vegeterians") to me... (BE particularly suspicious when you read something bad about it on the web, and there's a link to a site affiliated with Atkin's rival Dean Ornish, for example !) - - *Yes*, if you eat all meat and *NO* carbohydrates you'll end up sick... VERY SICK (in addition to painfully constipated) - - but the Atkins Diet isn't about going NO CARB... its about choosing the RIGHT carbs... and when you read the book you'll learn how to, as well as engage in a program that helps you break your addiction to the bad ones. - - Read the book, get your blood checked before and a few weeks later (*as Dr. Atkins advised) and decide for yourself !

"the naysayers are NOT informed"

Rating: 5 stars
First I want to say that the Atkins diet has SAVED ME. I was not morbidly obese, but I was overweight, and I have struggled with Hypoglycemia all of my 24 years. The reason I am writing this review is because I heard two comments over the weekend on the same day that amazed me. The first was from a doctor who I will NOT see again). He asked me what I was eating and I told him I have been on Atkins for about two years. The first thing out of his mouth was that it wa not healthy and did not provide me enough fiber. Excuse me.....I guess those two salads a day, veggies, AND fiber supplement aren't giving me enough fiber. Nor are the low carb breads I eat, I guess. (???) The second comment was from my father's best friend. My father and his friend went on Atkins a few years ago, for about a month. They quickly went back to their old eating habits, and I didn't know why. Over the weekend when he made his comment to me, I found out. He said that he had gone to the hospital because he "went on Atkins and cut out all fiber". (isn't fiber one of the most important things about Atkins? it is carb-free and keeps you healthy.) Apparently his wife had "printed a bunch of stuff off of the internet" and my dad and his friend were eating bacon and eggs and cheese every day and calling it Atkins. He doesn't know I am on Atkins, and I didn't feel like an argument. He is an ignorant person anyway, and I don't care......Anyway, this book is a Godsend. It is well-written, and takes you through all phases of Atkins. In the back are enough recipes to get you started cooking (and I recommend cooking. You might even make your own recipes). Some of the editions even come with a $1 off coupon for any Atkins product. Mine even came with a tear-out carb counter card to take with me anywhere. This diet IS healthy. After your move through the phases and add carbs in you will see that it is truly the diet nature intended. Anyone who tells you that Atkins is high fat, low fiber, and dangerous probably had someone close to them go on their own version of the diet like my father and his friend.

"Keep an open mind and a closed mouth"

Rating: 4 stars
First off, it seems that the Atkins diet usually elicits strong emotional feelings in people who have bought into the AMA's version of the healthy diet. Added to this, since we were children, we have been brainwashed into thinking that the daily food requirements triangle chart was the last word. Keep in mind that this body of learned professionals have constantly reversed and re-reversed their positions on what is actually healthy to eat (i.e. Don't drink. Do drink. No fat. Some fat. Lots of carbs, no so many carbs. Eat meat. Don't eat meat. ad nauseum) In response to the nay sayers of this diet, keep an open mind. Experts once thought the world was flat and the earth was at the center of the universe. Maybe, just maybe, you are wrong about your assumptions of the Atkins diet too. Ok. Getting off of the soap box and getting to the actual review. :)

Atkins challenges the common wisdom of the times and gives solid facts and clinical medical studies from around the world to prove that the low carb/high protein diet works better than any diet. He also proposes the premise that people who go on this diet are actually healthier than those who are on the standard issue diets. I must admit, that this all sounded like Atkins was either delusional or crazy. But the more I read about the case studies and research done in the Unitied States and Europe, I decided to give it a try. In trying it, I can say the diet works. I have lost approximately 30 pounds on this diet since I started four months ago. Once you get over the initial shock of not having bread, pasta, cookies and other junk food in your diet, the Atkins regimin gets easier to follow. What Atkins is trying to do is to re-educate and retrain your eating habits. The diet is broken down into three phases: The Induction Diet (two weeks), The Ongoing Weight Loss plan, and finally the Maintainance plan. Atkins gives you practical advice on how to stay on the diet and keep the weight off. The book contains many helpful charts and menus for the low carb life style. Self control is at the heart of most diets. Atkins makes it achievable by satiating the hunger and opening up the "forbidden" foods that we have all been so accustomed to avoiding. Yes, the diet goes against common logic, but as you read through the book, the physiological explainations of how your body works will convince you that it can work for you too.