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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.
This new addition contains the basic diet and is enhanced by new explanations of the underlying theories. There are seven new chapters.
I found this book to be informative, but bland. Plus..it was too hard to stick to. It does teach you a lot about good carbs vs. bad carbs and how your system works, so in that aspect, it's good. Two weeks of no more than 20 carbs a day!?! I found that to compensate for this I was eating more of other bad stuff. Too much cheese, too much meat, and too much fat. I realized I was consuming more calories a day on this diet than before I started it. I do have to limit my carbs, but keeping it around 75g a day..I still lose weight. Plus, I limit my fat intake so not only am I doing low carbs, I'm keeping other bad stuff out of my system too. I've learned to eat closer to the source(ex. Potatoes instead of french fries) and avoid a lot of processed foods.
This diet may be preferred by some, but for me, It just didn't fit with my lifestyle. If I don't like it, I won't stick with it. ...more info
- Reviews by Nan Kilar and Bobby Miller
I'm reviewing this book because it helped me in more ways than one. Even if you're underweight, this book should be in your den, bedroom or bathroom--wherever you spend a lot of time alone. Just pick it up and open it to any page and learn about your body. In short, the publisher should have titled it "All About Me". If you're one of those people who just can't get the job done alone, let this book be your friend. Whenever you get that urge to go to the kitchen, go instead to this book. You can do this. You can be slim or whatever weight you desire. Actions, good or bad, soon fall prey to habit.
"Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit." -Napoleon Hill...more info
- Gves you the extra edge to lose weight
Atkin's was a very observant and intelligent doctor. He has an incredible voice in his prose, full of confidence and knowledge. I've tried several diets, and while I can lose some weight on all of them, Atkins is the easiest for me. Under weightwatchers I am always on the edge of hunger and I don't lose that much weight - even religiously following the guidelines, and I find the diet not that satisfying.
Under atkins' diet I am not hungry most of the time and I find the diet very satisfying and fulfilling, I can make a lifestyle change. Of course, it would be better if it didn't have so many animal fats in it, but it's better to lose weight eating fat than not to lose weight. I plan to slowly cut down the fat content as I lose weight to make it a more healthy long term diet.
He has great references, the one thing that gets boring for me is too many individual stories about how some person has done great on his diet. I'd rather see more long term, large participation studies in the book (but I know not that many have been done.)
The main point of the book is that you aren't wht you eat, but you are what you eat turns into inside your body - and what the food in your body does is not intuitive and a bit surprising. For instance, it used to be recommended that you shouldn't eat cholestrol (eggs,for instance) as it could increase your cholesterol levels, however, the effect is so small as to be almost unmeasurable, there are other things in your diet that have much more effect over cholesterol levels than the amount of cholesterol you eat. Likewise, the amount of fat you have is not directly related to the amount of fat you eat. It turns out that fat on your body comes from high levels of sugars in your food which the body quickly digests and stores the excess immdiately into fat as your blood sugar rises, thus more sugar (carbohydrates) equals more fat. The body then quckly goes to low blood sugar, which causes you to be hungry and to eat more sugar, causing your weight to quickly spiral out of control.
Why is this? Because for millions of years the human body has evolved in an environment that had no manufactured food! We ate vegetables, meat, fruit when in season, nuts, and that's about it. Until the last 10,000 years (which have only made minor changes in our genome) we never had the opportunity to consume refined grains and sugars or concentrated alcohol. All of these things are more efficient in $$/calorie, but screw up the body's naturally evolved caloric intake system. Dr. Atkins understood this and has designed a diet to take this into account. It turns out that fat takes longer to digest (as does fiber with carbohydrates) so that as the claories from these types of food are digested in your blood stream, the blood sugar level is raised so slowly that the excess is burned, not turned into stored fat; in fact, the body starts to burn the stored fat to even out this gently changing blood sugar level due to calorie intake - this diet really does burn fat.
I can say that for me it really works. I eat until I'm full, when I'm hungry I can snack on food that I like and I feel satisfied and I get down to my ideal weight. Now, long term I plan on eating less meat and more vegetables, but getting the weight off first is key. The best thing about this diet is that you lose body fat faster than you lose weight, and excess internal body fat is linked to all sorts of bad health things - like diabetes (type 2), higher blood pressure, hardening of the arteries and heart attacks. This is a great diet, especially if you have plateaued on other diets and need that extra something to get you through.
I reccommend it over fat restriction diets any day. Now, my wife does not do as well on this diet, so it's not for everyone, but for my metabolism, this is a great way to eat and stay healthy.
The book itself is extremely well done, diets planned for the first few weeks (every meal.) Tables of carbohydrates per food type, glycemic levels, recommendations for how to eat and how much exercise you should be doing. Solutions to problems on the diet and how to correct them, recommendations for suplements with reasons and explanations that can help you figure out what you really need. It's well laid out and easy to use and a fascinating read. It's a great book and a great tool to help you lose body fat and get to your ideal long term weight goal....more info
- The footnotes don't check out
Despite its non-scientific style, the book is full of footnote references to the technical scientific literature, in the manner of journal articles written for medical research scientists. I counted a total of 315 such references, mostly to journals that rank very high in the hierarchy of medical research. The appearance is one of scrupulous, technical documentation of any and all claims made in the book.
That is the appearance. What is the reality ?
First, it must be noted that Dr. Atkins had training as a physician and cardiologist, not as a research scientist, not as a nutritionist. So it is not surprising -- but not confidence-inspiring either -- that none of the scientific research that he cites refers to his own research. The total body of research that he cites was done by others.
Second, while the heavy footnoting resembles that of scientific writing, the book lacks the major guarantee that is offered by scientific journals: it has obviously not been peer reviewed by specialists prior to its publication.
Now, as to the footnotes themselves, to what extent do they actually corroborate Atkins' claims for his famous diet ?
The Seventh Chapter
The seventh chapter of Atkins' book is entitled "Is There a Metabolic Advantage ? You Be the Judge." The "metabolic advantage" has to do with Atkins' contention that a radical reduction of carbohydrate intake will make you thin. Atkins here invites the reader to "judge" his claim that existing research corroborates his diet.
The research that is cited in this chapter was independently evaluated by Marjorie Freedman, et al., medical researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of California, in March of 2001. Their finding is as follows:
"Studies cited by Atkins to support his contentions were of limited duration, conducted on a small number of people, lacked adequate controls, and used ill-defined diets. Some of these, as well as other studies, actually refute the contention that low-CHO [low carbohydrate] diets, in the absence of energy restriction, provide a metabolic advantage."
In brief, Dr. Freedman and her co-workers conclude, Dr. Atkins' footnotes do not tell the story that Dr. Atkins says they do.
The Second Chapter
Toward the beginning of Chapter 2, Atkins writes
"As I've just said, [the Atkins Way] mobilizes more fat for use as energy than any diet you have ever encountreed. In a clinical setting and countless testimonials, Atkins has repeatedly been proven to take off more fat than other programs when an equal number of calories is consumed. This incredible advantage has been researched and validated. 7-14"
The notation "7-14" refers to eight footnote references that are furnished at the end of the book. I have looked into each of these studies as much as I could. Some, but not all, are also part of the data investigated by Freedman, et al. (Most of these studies can now be accessed through Google's Scholar facility).
One of these references is to an unpublished talk and is not publicly available. Two other studies were so old that their authors could not be found on the Internet. I sent e-mail messages to the authors of the remaining five studies, asking whether their work could be interpreted as furnishing corroboration of Atkins' claims. Of these, three replied. All three emhatically stated that their work could in no way be so interpreted.
Here are the details:
7. A study by Young, et al., done in 1971. The three subjects who were on a low-carbohydrate diet lost a (non-significant) greater amount of weight than three others. The authors of the study recommend against the use of the Atkins diet because of undesirable side effects.
8. A study by Skov, et al., done in 1999. To a lay reader like me, this highly technical study appears to support some of Atkins' claims. However, one of the co-authors of this study, Dr. Arne Vernon Astrup, has written to me as follows: "This is clearly an abuse of my study (studies). The weight loss in the Skov, et al. study was clearly due to high-protein, not the low-carb, carb elimination claimed by Atkins." Dr. Astrup also referred me to an article he wrote in criticism of Atkins, "Atkins and other low-carbohydrate diets: hoax or an effective tool for weight loss ?," The Lancet, vol. 364, September 4, 2004.
9. An article by Willi, et al., dated 1998. The authors fed a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, very low-calorie diet to six adolescents for 8 weeks. They made no comparisons with a control or other group. Their subjects lost weight, as indeed one would expect from such drastic control on caloric intake. There is no relevance to Atkins that I could see.
10. An "abstract presentation" at a scientific meeting by Sharman, et al., 2001. Since there is no reference to a publication, this work cannot be checked.
11. A study by Garrow and Summerbell, 1995. This is a secondary analysis of twenty-eight studies that asked whether exercise, without dieting, would result in weight loss. The result, not very surprisingly, is yes, exercise will reduce weight. But these results are not relevant to the question of whether Atkins dieting helps. (I have only examined the abstract of this article, not the article itself.)
12. A study by Rabast, et al., 1979. Freedman, p. 9S, shows that the data given in this study actually refute Atkins.
13. An article by Lean, et al., 1997. In a study of 110 women, the authors compared a high carbohydrate (CHO) with a lower CHO (Atkins) diet for both weight reduction and attendant risks. The results, the authors say, "provided some support for preferring a high CHO diet to a lower CHO [Atkins] approach in weight management, from the point of view of risk reduction, but do not indicate a consistently more rapid weight loss with either diet." In other words, this study also refutes Atkins. One of the authors of this study, M.E.J. Lean, is the co-author of a 2004 editorial that cricizes Atkins ("Is Atkins dead (again) ?").
14. A study by Benoit, et al., 1965. This study is now more than forty years old and does not show up in the data retrieving services, although of course it is still available in hard copy. It is difficult to see any relevance to the Atkins claims in this study. Seven sailors were put on a 1000 calorie diet for 10 days, and were compared to another group of sailors who were fasting. Moreover Freedman, p. 9S, quoting Grande, questions the scientific validity of this study.
I have examined only a small number of Atkins' 315 footnotes, but of those I have looked at, not one, once checked, says what Atkins says it does.
How do other readers of Atkins respond to his footnotes ?
How many readers will take the trouble that I took to check on these claims to scientific respectability ? How many readers will be impressed simply by these footnotes being in the book, without checking them ? Finally, what does the Atkins art of footnoting say about the scientific probity of the man and his "diet revolution" ?
- A Must For The Atkins' Lifestyle
I purchased this book because I wanted to see what, if anything, Dr. Atkins had changed from the earlier edition(s) and this editions provides more insight and just tells it like it when you need to change your eating habits and the possible reasons an individual has a weight problem. I am now down 25 lbs and having a great time trying recipes and getting into clothes I haven't worn in a while....more info
- 36 lbs in 5 Months!
The book that saved my wardrobe.
I was put on the Atkins diet by my doctor. She is a firm believer in the low carb high protein diet, and it really does work. I read the book cover to cover before I started my diet and it all sounded reasonable to me. And like I said, I lost 36 lbs in 5 months with the Atkins diet, and I was very happy with it. I fell of the bandwagon while I had family in town last summer, but I'm about ready to get right back on it. It works, and I would recommend it to anyone. Gaining back 10 lbs doesn't compare to the 36 I initially lost without any extra excercise and just eating the foods I loved.
I would recomend this to anyone who really desires to lose weight. And I have.
- THE BEST DIET EVER
I gained almost 60 pounds both times I was pregnant and I was able to lose all of that within 3 1/2 months on the atkins diet. The first couple days is the hardest but after the 1st week its second nature because it's very easy to determine what you can and cannot eat. What I like the most is that you can stay on the induction phase for as long as you want. Now that I lost all of the weight plus some I've decided to go with the South Beach Diet because its less strict. If you want to lose a lot of weight fast without having to exercise READ THIS BOOK!...more info
- Worse than worthless
Mindless garbage for people completely uninformed about nutrion and content to stay that way. Ignorance is NOT bliss. Thankfully few can stay on this deadly diet for very long. If they could, society would ultimately have to foot the bill for the millions of cancer cases that would result. It's bad enough diabetes is going to cost the US billions. Why are people so willing to try everything EXCEPT healthy, natural eating?????!!!
Also it is a diet that is completely unsustainable ecologically. If this diet were to be adopted by the masses and meat/dairy consumption were to increase accordingly, we simply would not have enough farmland to raise all the cattle/poultry. Also the amount of fossil fuel wasted producing that much meat would be devastating. Let's not forget the massive amounts of pestcides, antibiotics and chemical fertilizers required to farm that much livestock, above and beyond what is already being used.
The dead author implies that this is a natural way of eating yet the diet requires you to suppliment vitamins, minerals, fiber etc. That doesn't sound very natural to me. A child could see that the diet is completely lacking many components of a healthy human diet....more info
- Easiest Diet I have ever tried!
I have tried Jenny Craig and Nutrisystems and this is the easiest and quickest way to lose weight. The first two weeks were tough but I was encouraged when I saw that I was losing about one pound a day. It has now been seven weeks and I have lost 13 lbs. I need to lose about 15 lbs. to reach my target. I am always surprised to get on the scale and find that I have lost more weight since I never feel hungry. It is very practical b/c you can eat anywhere which has always been a problem for me on other diets. I love this diet and wish that I could have found it years ago. I would have saved a lot of money and learned how to control my weight before it got out of control.
My only word of caution about consuming low or no carbs (I never did the no carbs) is to take the recommended supplements. I did not take them at first and had terrible foot and leg cramps during the night. Taking calcium and potassium cured that problem and vitamin B helped with the initial feeling of weakness.
I highly recommend this diet to anyone who wants to lose weight quickly and easily....more info
- A good book for a beginner who wants to lose weight fast.
Basically, the Atkins Diet is a ketogenic diet. You basically eat all of the proteins that you want, hamburgers (without the bun), fish, bacon, pork chops, meatloaf, eggs, etc. The key is, on this diet, the removal of practically all carbohydrates, which means no fruit (because fructose is a sugar - carb), vegetables, breads, grains, pasta, candy, soda, dairy (because lactose is a sugar - carb), and table sugar (because sucrose is a carb). The only beverages one should consume is either black coffee (no sugar or cream - avoid non-dairy creamers as well) and water. The only condiments you should consume is either mustard or Hellman's Mayonaise (must be whole - avoid lite mayo).
The only thing I disagree with Dr. Atkins on is how long he instructs people to stay on this diet. That is why there has been somewhat of a controversy concerning his book. It only takes 3 days for the body to reach a state of ketosis (where the body begins to rely on keytones - stored fat as energy) instead of carbohydrates.
The longest one should remain on this diet is only 8 weeks. Then, take a month off, and then repeat the diet again if necessary. Because, if you remain on any ketogenic diet for longer than 8 weeks at a time, you run the risk of your body going from a state of ketosis to acidosis, which can result in a person suffering from kidney stones.
Other good ketogenic diet books for the beginner would be:
Protein Power by Dr. Michael Eades
The Ketogenic Diet: A Complete Guide for the Dieter and Practitioner by Lyle McDonald
Dr. Atkins New Diet Cookbook by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, MD...more info
- Revolution Might be an Understatement
I had always heard mixed reviews of Dr. Atkins' diet plan. Well, after reading this book and deciding to give it a try, I am healthier than I have been in years. The book does a nice job explaining the science behind the diet, explaining the steps to successful short-term and long-term diet, and has some great recipes....more info
Huhhhh??? After I read this book, I had a strange urge that I better get my kidney's BUN/Creatinine ratio checked(strange urge at that, isn't it??)......just a sensation I guess, nothing more....oh no, but wait, I can loose weight here....forget it, that's all that matters to me....don't I have an 'extra' kidney anyway? And strange words kept sounding randomly in my very own mind as I read thru this truly captivating book.....'Calories'....and ever so faintly, 'Exercise'....and then again, 'fruits'....wait, another about an hour later, 'vegetables'.....then this strange word 'phytochemicals'.....'plant estrogens'.....etc....strange, wouldn't you say? And then I saw a most often used phrase appear in my mind....'Common Sense', but in my mind I saw the word 'Common' separating from the word 'Sense' as if Common never belonged there....man, I was really wondering why these things were happening in my mind like this while reading this book....I just couldn't figure it out. Dumb me I guess....I guess I must be a brick short of a full load.
Sorry, back to my review of this book.......wait.....what???? ....you say there's a new diet plan out there now??....and a book to read on its greatness????....with a second edition in the works????....loose all the weight I can eating what???? By the great diet expert Mr. XYZZZZ????? Merchandise to buy???? Even T-Shirt's to show the world the 'new' found hidden truth???? WOOOWWWWWW!!!! WOOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!!...more info
- Most successful diet I ever used.
I will put this very simply. I had tried many other diets that only worked while I was on them. Dr. Atkins' diet taught me how to eat healthy, feel full, and after I lost the weight I wanted I was able to maintain my weight by continuing to eat most healthful foods. He also explained why his diet works and what to look for in the foods we eat. I would also like to point out that I started an exercise program of walking 1 mile 5 days a week when I could and going to a gym 2 days a week for 30 minutes. I went to Curves for women but any program would work. It is much easier to keep off the weight and feel good by continuing to eat heathy using this book and excersing at the same time. That is the purpose of a diet - helping you to make healthy lifestyle changes, and this diet did it for me....more info
- Atkins bad for some people
Atkins may be ok for some people but I have talked to a lot of people who have had ill effects from this diet, me being one of them.
I was on the diet for 7 days doing the induction phase. For 4 days prior I had difficulty sleeping, muscle cramps and disturbances in my vision. I also suffered from heart palpatations. Something I had never experienced before. And then came the headaches. I am not prone to headaches and had not had one in I don't know how long, but for three days straight on this diet I had headaches.
On day seven I woke up groggy and "foggy brained" this is all supposed to be a so called normal reaction to the diet while you are weening yourself off of carbohydrates and transforming your body into a fat burning machine. I was ill the entire day and could not get up the energy to do anything. I started having other problems too. I decided then and there I was going off this diet. I went to the store and got some whole grain bread and ate it with a salad. Within two hours the fogginess was gone, headache was gone and I felt better.
I don't care what anyone says, this diet is dangerous for some people. If you do the diet and start feeling ill you should stop it right away. Personally I wouldn't even go on it in the first place. There are no long term studies on this diet and it is frightening to think of what you could be doing to you body. When you stop to think about it how normal is it to say eat all the fat, cheese, meat, butter you want but cut down on the vegetables. I know...I know...when you move up the phases in the Atkins diet you get more vegetables, nuts, dairy, etc. But what damage are you doing to your body in the meantime?
I would think a lot before starting this diet....more info
- Saved My Life!!!!!!!
When I started the my new (Atkins Lifestyle)I was 5'2",375#. I had high blood pressure, bad Cholesterol levels, type II diabetes, congestive heart failure,and edema of the lower legs and feet. Doctors at Shane's hospital gave me 24 months to live if I did not lose at least 100#. That was 4 years, and 185# ago! I still need a little BP medication, but ALL other problems are gone. My doctor has been checking my Kidneys, and Liver functions for the last 3 1/2 years, and NO problems.
I am not suggesting you use this Lifestyle, just that it saved my Life! ...more info
- Revised for More Help
Adkins wrote several books. Since this was a revised version, I bought it to go with the other Adkins book....more info
- A comparison of Diet Books
Like many of you, I found myself wondering what the differences were between the various diet programs. What I discovered is that all of the major diet books are well written and share many similarities. None of them offered an "silver bullet" to weight loss - it primarily comes down to keeping your calories burned greater than your calories eaten. There are theories presented about glycemic index, good vs. bad carbs, etc., but at the end of the day it's about calories and exercise.
In this review, I've summarized Consumer Reports evaluations to offer brief summaries of each diet book/program in hopes that it might help you pick out the one that would work best for you. Don't pay too much attention to the number of stars, as it's my own subjective rating based on effectiveness, ease of use, and ability to stick with the diet. Instead, try to discern which diet might fit your lifestyle better.
The Abs Diet, ****
This book is written by David Zinczenko, the editor of Men's Health Magazine. The diet likes the number 6 - promising "6 pack abs in 6 weeks," by eating 6 meals a day. Each meal is built around the "power 12" foods. There is a strong emphasis on whey supplements. The fitness program was easy to follow but perhaps too strenuous for beginners and seemed better suited to men. Strong points are excellent nutritional content and strong exercise. Weak points are questionable claims about rapid weight loss and "6 pack" abs, and mediocre meal plans. Average recommended daily calories are 1,890, with 7 fruits and vegetable servings.
The South Beach Diet ****
The SB Diet is a slightly more permissive version of the Atkins low-carb diet. It is based on the premise that eating low-glycemic foods (foods that don't raise blood sugar) decreases cravings for sugar and refined carbs. Like many of the diets, there are two phases. In the first phase, fruits, sugar, and grains are banned outright. Phase 2 allows some fruit, high-fiber grains, and dark chocolate. The simplicity of the diet might appeal to many busy dieters. However the emphasis on the glycemic index and insufficient exercise sections are a drawback. Recipes are easy to prepare, but some called for unusual ingredients (a clever cook could make substitutions). Average recommended daily calories are a mere 1,340, with 13 fruits and vegetable servings (mostly veggies).
The Sonoma Diet ****
The Sonoma Diet is an updated low-carb diet with a Mediterranean theme. Again, it is broken into two phases, called "waves." In "Wave 1," the dieter is banned from eating most sweet or refined foods. The much longer "Wave 2" permits fruits and wine. It has a unique method of calculating portions by filling sectors of small plates with specified food categories. The diet is healthy but complex. It is also very restrictive, which makes it more difficult to stay on. Also, the book doesn't offer enough on exercise. The recipes were tasty but elaborate to prepare. Average recommended daily calories are a mere 1,390, with 10 fruits and vegetable servings.
The Ultra-Metabolism Diet is designed around the assertion that people get fat because their body's systems become toxic, inflamed, and imbalanced. Again, this is a two phase diet. Phase 1 is an initial "detox" period. The longer Phase 2 is a "rebalancing" period. Overall, the dieter must eliminate white rice, refined grains, most red meats, and caffeinated beverages. The theory of your body requiring detoxification goes beyond any scientific evidence and rings a bit of late night television "miracle detox bowel-cleansing pills." The diet is fairly restrictive and complicated. The exercise section was brief but practical. Average recommended daily calories are 1,660, with 12 fruits and vegetable servings.
The Volumetrics Diet is based on Penn State research. It aims to maximize the amount of food you can eat for a given caloric intake. This is done primarily by eating reduced-fat products, adding in lots of vegetables, and using low-fat cooking techniques. It encourages eating a first course of broth-based soup or low-calorie salad (not heavily laden with dressing, cheese or bacon) to take the edge off your appetite. Recent clinical studies have shown this diet to be very effective. The recipes are appetizing but time consuming. Average recommended daily calories are 1,500, with 14 fruits and vegetable servings.
The Zone Diet, ****
The Zone Diet was designed to keep your blood sugar and hormones at optimal levels so that you can better fight obesity and diseases. It requires that each meal consist of 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% carbs (based on calories). The diet allows many fruits, but almost no grains except oatmeal. The meals are simple to prepare and nutritionally balanced. But having to keep to the 30/30/40 balance is very tedious and requires lots of preplanning. Recent studies showed that the overall weight loss was below average. Average recommended daily calories are 1,660, with 17 fruits and vegetable servings.
Eat More, Weigh Less, ***
The Eat More, Weigh Less (Ornish) Diet is a low-fat vegetarian diet that bans all meat, fish, oils, alcohol, sugar, and white flour. Their clinical studies suggest that strictly following the diet can prevent or reverse some diseases. Ornish argues that it is easier to make drastic changes to diet rather than small ones. The diet offers the most food per calorie of any of the diets. It is actually lower in fat than current USDA guidelines recommend. Studies have shown good long term weight loss, but a relatively high drop-out rate. Average recommended daily calories are 1,520, with 17 fruits and vegetable servings.
Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, ***
The Atkins Diet is the grand daddy of them all. As with many of the other diets, it is divided into two phases. The first phase is a two week induction period that bans nearly all carbs. The second phase is only slightly less restrictive, but does slowly add more vegetables, fruit, and wine. Research has suggested that Atkins' dieters are less hungry than on many other diets. But the diet is difficult to adhere to and has a high drop-out rate. Long term weight loss has been shown to be average. The single most glaring concern with the Atkins diet is that the nutritional profile is far outside conventional dietary guidelines. (We've all known people eating handfuls of bacon, eggs, and cheese for breakfast, claiming they were on a diet). Average recommended daily calories are 1,520, with 6 fruits and vegetable servings.
Again, please don't worry too much about my ranking of the diet books - it's completely subjective. My suggestion is to simply find a program that seems to fit your lifestyle best.
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- Outstanding Diet Book
Loaded with good practical information. Reading this book took the hype out of all the crap I was hearing about Atkin's plan. It put me back in control of my eating. I lost forty pounds. I feel much better now. I liked this book so much, I bought a second hardbound edition. ...more info
- missing info
If you can keep up with the induction foods list for instance, you'll probably have to write it down anyway. It didn't cover any where near the amount of info that the book covers....more info
- Surprisingly enjoyable, super informative!
Dr. Atkins's last book on his revolutionary diet is surprisingly readable, while still fully explaining its details. He employs positive, instead of punitive, encouragement in a supportive way. My copy is a hardcover; because this book, once read, is largely used as a reference, I recommend a softcover copy because it's lighter to carry with you. ...more info
- No Will Power, It Is Your Own Fault...But, You Can Change That!
This is for all the naysayers, and whatever else people want to call them, besides personally being a royal pain in my butt. No matter what plan of eating you do, if you do not have the will power, and or, self control, it is your own fault. My apologies for being blunt! It is true, just plain and simple! Allow me to explain. No eating plan will work for you, no matter what you do. Why? Because you do not heed to COMMON SENSE. Common sense is required in every aspect of your life anyways. So why not apply it to weightloss? Remember, over eating a "normal food" portion is considered not "normal" either. Depending on what word of mouth it is coming from, as far as what is good for you and what isn't? Get over yourselves already! No matter what people ingest, someone out there is going say that it is not good for you for this reason or that reason. If this is what people want to believe, you may as well give up living right now and be done with it. Everyone is going to die someday, one way or another. In the mean time we have to stop allowing people to dictate to us, and decide for ourselves what is best for us. While at the same time, we need to stop being aproval addicted in order to do what we think is right or wrong for us. We can figure it all out all by ourselves. YOU, just have to decide if you want to be overweight when your time comes, and continue to deny yourself what real living is all about in the mean time. Out of all the programs I have tried, Atkins is the best approach to weightloss! NO ONE, WOULD BE ABLE TO CONVINCE ME DIFFERENTLY!!! My husband and I look and feel great! No abdomen pain. No gas. No burping. No headaches. No mood swings. No roller coaster rides with blood suger. No indigestion. More Energy. Cravings vanish. Infact your carb tolerance will come to rebuke carbs. You can speed the process up or slow it down. You can make it permanently or not. If you don't see the scale-hand move first, you will deffinetly see the measuring tape inches decrease. Results can be nearly endless for everyone who chooses this form of weightloss, combined. With my husband not having as much to lose. The results showed on him instantly all over. Me being much heavier. The biggest change is in my face, it has been redefined, with my clothes fitting so much better. On the brink of a new size. Weather you lose weight or inches, progress is always in the making. Some one mentioned the products to buy? With Atkins, you can but, do not have to. Taking a form of Basic 3, a form of Dieters Advantage, and a form of Essential Oils. I strongly recommend doing. Their ingrediants will help you alot plus make you feel good! You can get the same thing elsewhere, and cheaper. If each of us were the "Atikns Company" we would want to encourage or convince people to buy our products too. No different than any other company out there. Other products are just labled abit differently. Read. Read, Read. Doctors and such are there to keep you going back. That is how they make their money. The best t-shirt you could ever buy is the one that says "ATKINS" in a new and different way...that being the one you purchase in the next smaller size and makes you feel wonderful for your accomplishment. Then when people ask you how you did it...the only word that you need to utter is this one...ATKINS. The rest speaks for itself. Gosh people do your research! Speaking of research, Gastro bypass surgery VS Atkins...the bottom line between the two is this...one IS (physically) permanent and can never be undone...the other is permanent (physically and mentally) if YOU will it to be. I personally know people who have had the gastro-bypass done, they too gained weight back and find it very difficult to re-lose it again. Infact they haven't. Their weight came back after the newness wore off and the compliments didn't come anymore. Which proves, you HAVE to lose weight for your self, not for others. I too thank DOCTOR ATKINS where ever you is Sir. For putting the COMMON SENSE right on our noses!...more info
- very very skeptical about this diet to start with
... but my brother lent me his copy of the book after he lost 16 kg on the diet and I thought, what the heck, let's give this a go. When I actually reading the book I was surprised- my conception of the atkins diet had been very misinformed.
what more can I say?
I cut carbs. I Followed The Program and didn't run off and follow my own twisted version of the diet. I exercised (60 min walk a day plus 3 hours intense workout per week)
lost 21 kg in 4 months
maybe you can too if you actually stick to what he wrote?
- The Perfect Diet!
The book does a great job of explaining why the diet works and motivates you considerably before even getting to the diet.
I used always feel tired, never felt like going out. And I used to eat a lot. I was always craving things. And when hunger hit me, it hit me like a ton of bricks.
Then I tried Atkins. In the first 2 days of Atkins, I felt hungry and worse than before, but on the 3rd day, my energy broke through the roof. I felt so much better. And it feels amazing. I went on to loose 30 pounds so far and my appetite decreased by 4 times. And now, hunger doesn't hit me like bricks anymore and I'm very thankful for that. It feels like hunger taps me on the shoulder and says, "Hey, it's time to eat now, just take your time with food - I'll be waiting."
Before this diet I was totally hopeless and thought I was born to be fat. Now I know that I wasn't. Atkins is a life-saver....more info
- Atkins Diet book is the low-carb Bible
He researched and introduced the low-carb concepts. Book has clear explanations and many recipes. Highly recommended. (Oh yeah, and it WORKS!)...more info
- The Gold Standard on Low Carbs!
This is the book that started the whole low carb phenomenon. It is the original! Dr. Atkins pioneered the message about how destructive sugar is and explained why. He has changed thousands of lives for the better. When his first book went into print, Dr. Atkins took on the medical establishment who seemed to blindly accept the myth that fat is bad and carbohydrates are good. Many authors have replicated Atkins basic principles and written variations of his book, but this book is the Gold Standard for information on low carb diets. For motivation, recommend The Biggest Loser Success Secrets: The Wisdom, Motivation, and Inspiration to Lose Weight--and Keep It Off!. ...more info
- ATKINS WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG
I am the author of a new book entitled GENOCIDE;HOW YOUR DOCTOR'S DIETARY IGNORANCE WILL KILL YOU. I am a family physician with over ten years experience introducing a low carbohydrate, more fat, more cholesterol, more protein diet into my patient's lives. Through this dietary approach I have cured type 2 diabetics, treated people with high blood pressure with little or no need for meds, seen tons of weight lost and the list goes on and on.
Atkin's book is easily one of the best books ever written on low carb dieting. The three books I recommend my patients read are Atkins, Protein Power, and of course my own :-)
Unfortunately most physicians will never read this book and if they do they will dismiss it as an opinion, not based in fact. For some reason, the scientific method is not followed in dietary clinical trials. The scientific method should be: I have an idea (theory, supposition, opinion, hypothesis whatever you want to call it), I perform an experiment to either prove or disprove my idea; if I prove my theory-great-look how smart I am. But if the results do not prove my idea, I am supposed to re-evaluate my initial idea, not call the experiment flawed or the results inconclusive.
The reason the dietary clinical trials appear contradictory is because the researchers in these trials start off with a conclusion--not an idea-- perform an experiment, and when the results of the experiment do not support what the researchers already 'think' they know; they now call the experimental design flawed or the results inconclusive, which is generally not the case.
I have literally treated thousands upon thousands of my patients with low carb diets over the last decade. I love when the labs come back with higher HDLs, lower triglycerides and normal blood sugars. I love teasing my patients and ask if they are eating more fat and cholesterol. When they say yes, I ask them "Well, if you are eating more fat and cholesterol, then why did your fat level drop and why did your HDL rise, and why did you lose weight?" I always get a smile back, because my patients know what I am getting at. And what I'm getting at is the fact--and I mean FACT, that low cholesterol, low fat diets DO NOT WORK to any degree to help people stay off or reduce their medications.
This book should be required reading in all medical and undergraduate colleges. If physicians actually understood the correct way to tell their patients to eat--many disease processes would become extinct--instead of the human race.
Allow me to end my post with the three biggest dietary myths in America;
MYTH # 1
Eating fat makes us fat. FALSE. The truth is that eating fat does not make us fat, unless we're eating too many carbohydrates along with that fat.
Eating cholesterol containing foods causes heart disease. FALSE. There has never been any study which has shown, convincingly, that eating cholesterol containing foods causes heart disease.
Probably the biggest dietary myth out there is that the calorie actually means something in human nutrition. FALSE. The calorie means nothing in human nutrition.
Atkins was a true pioneer in the correct way to eat.
Genocide: How Your Doctor's Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You!!!!
- Easily, the most important book on nutrition.
I know that is a big statement, but Dr. Atkins' work supports it.
Before all of the important tomes Sugar Busters, Zone, and others, Dr. Atkins stressed the empty calorie ways of trash carbs and the need for more lean protein consumption.
It was leftists/vegans/the media that misconstrued his words and turned them into the common ignroance voiced as "you can eat all the bacon you want."
Also, the book advocates fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to lean protein. You don't always count carbs. In fact, after the induction phase and then the maintenance stage, you pretty much know what to eat because you feel so much better without the "sugar high" of heavy carb diets (leftist, yogi, Dean Ornish, this means you. To his credit, he's big on fresh/unprocessed food, too).
Moreover, Dr. Atkins had decades of incredible success with his plan, then wrote a book. He was not an author by training, just a doctor to saw the enormous changes in his patients that followed his advice.
Dr. Atkins changed the way we think about food, obesity, and obesity related illness.
For that, he should be fondly remembered and prospecitve dieters/people looking to change their eating habits should read this book.
Thank you....more info
- Not Really the Atkins Diet. It's a diet created to sell shakes and bars for a corporation.
This diet was re-developed after Dr. Atkins died. It very well might work for some people, but it's a crazy diet. How much of your diet is protein, fat, how many "net" carbs are you eating, how much of that is coming from vegetables? Do you spin around three times in the presence of a full moon? It's terribly convoluted. You might as well be counting calories and fat intake.
Dr. Aktins didn't even wish to develop any of those bars or shakes and they are to be used occasionally. This diet stalls weight loss. In addition, if you have ever logged on to the official Atkins forum you will find self righteous, odd people that are anything BUT helpful.
I would suggest this site: [...]
I would also suggest purchasing the Atkins book pre-2002. It can be found on Amazon. If you are serious about loosing weight on a healthy low carb diet, I would also suggest you visit [...].
As for me, I wrote a review about the 1972 version of the Atkins diet.
In 1998 I lost over 60 pounds on the Atkins diet and three of my friends lost anywhere between 60-120 pounds on the Atkins. All of my friends have kept of the weight since then. I didn't. I gained when I was expecting my son. After the birth of my son, I lost the weight again, in 2005. It dropped off immediately as soon as I could stomach more protein in my diet.
I regained about 25-30 pounds in the last six months of 2008. In less than 8 weeks I lost 25 pounds. I have only five pounds more to get rid of. I tried to get rid of this weight in the last few months of 2008 and realized that I was on the Dr. Atkins NEW Diet Revolution. I struggled for two month and gave up until one of my friends returned the Original Atkins to me. I had no idea that I was doing a completely different diet.
Allow me to dispel some myths about the original Atkins...
1. I cut out NO food groups, unless you consider processed food, potatoes, white rice, white flour and sugar a food group.
2. I eat more vegetables and fruit than meat.
3. Cooking this way is gourmet. It is time consuming, but it is really good food.
4. I can eat at fast food restaurants, but I eat side salads and sandwiches without buns.
5. I make pies, cakes, muffins, and pancakes. I just use whey powder, sesame seed mill, almond flower and flax seed mill.
6. You can maintain the weight loss. You just have to create a different lifestyle.
7. There is nothing unhealthy about this lifestyle. The Induction period is difficult and if you stay on it for long periods of time, well, maybe it could be damaging. But as I said, I cut out NO food group.
The Original Atkins diet is work. It's so worth it though.
If you have had problems loosing weight on calorie counting, I promise, if you follow the original diet you will get rid of it! You have to be committed. It is a lifestyle the requires you never to allow processed food to pass your lips. Hey, I'm back into a size 4. I've been there 10 out of 12 years thanks to Dr. Atkins original diet. Here's my stats after a visit to my G.P.:After a trip to my G.P today (March 23, 2009) my Total Cholesterol Levels are 142, Triglycerides are 98 and my HDL cholesterol are at 76. Measured BMI is 22%! Tell me that this is the most unhealthy diet in the world. I'm in better shape than most 25 year olds. ...more info
- A LIFESTYLE CHANGE! THE ONLY "DIET" THAT WORKS!
In the past several years, I tried low fat diets and low calorie diet of about 1100 calories per day. Yes, I lost weight, but in a few months, gained it back and even more pounds to boot! Also, to me, these low fat and low calorie diets are hard to follow because you stay hungry and feel deprived all the time, hence, you go off them and gain the lost weight plus some. This is my second go around on this diet (in several years time) and I already lost some weight and feeling much better. And yes, I am an avid believer of the Dr Atkins low carb diet, I bought the newer cookbook for Atkins with his wife Veronica Atkins and because of this, I am able to STAY with the LOW CARB (Under 20 carbs a day) with no problem. I find I do have a lot of energy and I am losing weight very successfully with the Atkins Diet. I am still losing a lot of weight and am so pleased. In addition, I am making myself 2 low carb Whey Protein shakes per day (only 3 carbs per scoop and 25 grams of protien per serving) and this helps me with my continued weight loss. Also, I am walking each day for 25 minutes a day and doing light weight training for 10 minutes per day with 5 pound weights on each side. Hence I have already lost 4-5 pounds of fat loss per week, and I have gained more muscle mass. Another suggested book is Protien Power by Michael R. Eades and Mary Dan Eades, who are from my home state, Arkansas. (I just bought this book due to high reviews on Amazon). And, also, another great book is Drs. Eades newer book 30 Days of Low Carb by them also. Of course, my favoite low carb book is this one by the late and great Dr. Atkins. Hope my story helps you in your quest for weight loss and a healthy life style. ...more info
- Read the book for yourself!
So many people make the Atkins diet to be what it is not. Your carbs are not taken away permanently. They are returned to your diet in a controlled way. In fact, you are NEVER without carbs all together EVER during this diet. Read this book for yourself. You will discover a great deal about your body and nutrition....more info
- The best gets better
Picks up where the last book left off. Even more helpful. Get healthy with it, I did!...more info
- Vindication for Atkins
About 5 years ago, with around 25 lbs to lose, I decided to try Atkins even though I couldn't exercise due to a sprained shoulder/broken rib from a ski fall. I'd had serious digestive issues my whole life, but to my surprise, after a couple of days on Atkins I felt better than I ever remembered feeling. And I was eating in a way I didn't normally eat.....more meat, more eggs, butter, some cheese, and more importantly....no grains/no sugar/no starches/no fruit. All my digestive woes were miraculously gone, and stayed gone for the 6 or 7 weeks that I did Atkins....and the weight melted off quite effortlessly despite no exercise at that time. I had tons of energy, no headaches any more, and just felt primo in every way. I was quite amazed, but while I believe exercise is incredibly important, this experience proved to me that losing weight is basically about what you eat. Although some uninformed people seem to think Atkins is all about stuffing yourself with endless fatty foods, this simply is not true. The truth is that whole fat items such as butter and cream are allowed, as are things such as steaks, but what really happens is that these foods are incredibly satiating and therefore you don't actually eat all that much of them volume wise. And on Atkins, most people actually end up eating MORE veggies than they did before! Most people with their horrible processed and fast food diets eat virtually NO fruits or vegetables! Yes, on Atkins your appetite actually diminishes because you are eating satiating foods, not empty processed foods, you are getting fats which your body needs, and you are getting good vegetables every day. The overall volume of food you eat goes down, and this diet is not a fat food stuff fest. Those who haven't read the book and studied what it recommends seem to have the strongest negative ideas about it all. What can I say, ignorance is ignorance!
A few years after that I learned I had celiac disease (inability to tolereate gluten, which means I had to eliminate wheat, rye & barley, also oatmeal from my diet to recover from this). Since then, I've eaten a modified Atkins type diet, and have only limited fruit, virtually no sugar, almost never any starches, but I do eat a lot of good veggies and limited, often low fat meat and fish.
Atkins was right....and he has been fairly well vindicated in Gary Taubes' new 2007 book Good Calories Bad Calories. All the evidence is there, and he certainly explains why Atkins worked so well for me. It's the SUGAR and the insulin response it produces, and for me, it's also the grains and the starches, all of which send my insulin soaring as I am very insulin sensitive, apparently.
Back to the Atkins book: It's still a good read in terms of getting your head around a few concepts if you're new to this, and shows how to set up the induction diet and subsequent increases in carb levels. In my opinion, there is no better diet to get you on the right dietary road because it gives you a handle on controlling insulin response, which in turn controls hunger, cravings and fat storage. I'd really recommend this book AND the Taubes one for a thorough understanding of all this and the confidence to eat this way if you are still skeptical. The proof is in how wonderful you feel, in addition to the fat you will lose. If I ate like some "experts" (think Ornish) recommend, I'd bloat up, gain weight, feel horrible all the time, and most definitely NOT be healthy. I've read a lot of diet books including all the most well known ones, tried the diets, and none of them worked except Atkins. I felt horrible on the other diets, couldn't control hunger and cravings, and could not lose weight by including the foods I am especially sensitive to (i.e. grains, rice, starches of any kind, sugar of any kind, most dairy except in small amounts). I really wish more people could be convinced of how much better they would feel eating the Atkins way, and in so doing, they would find it so easy to reach their correct weight.
- Might Be Right for You
No diet is right for everyone all of the time.
However, despite many misunderstandings and myths, this diet can help some people A LOT.
Don't be afraid to try this diet, but make sure you read the whole book carefully first and do research by reading about other low-carb diets and low-carb websites.
The most important contribution of this book is that it can encourage people to experiment with all foods to find the diet that best fits them at the time.
The fact that Dr. Atkins challenged the mainstream dietary advice helped open the door for people that need high-fat and/or high-animal-protein and/or low-carb diets at any phase in their lives.
This diet may or may not be right for you, but do some research to find out, because for some people it can be great....more info
- Atkins Diet Book review
This is the second book I purchased (gave the first one away) this diet (if you can call it a diet) is great! The book showed me how to lose a lot of weight fast and I have kept it off for several years, I use it for reference now with the recipes and lifetime maintenance being referred to regularly. I first purchased it because my doctor said my blood sugar and cholesterol were border line high, after following the program closely for several months, I have brought those numbers down considerably. With regular exercise I am able to increase my carb intake to a very comfortable level and enjoy many of the foods that most people say I cannot. The most amazing thing is what with cutting all sugar and bad carbs my energy level is easily twice what it used to be!
I highly recommend this book.
- best diet ever.
NORA LUKAN :This is the most amazing diet i have ever been on. dr atkins is a saint. I have learned more about nutrition from this single book than I have from the other 20 diets I have already tried. This book teaches you facts that most nutritionists will only get to in 10 years from now. it is so progressive. thanks for this book. ...more info
- Big Help
This diet has improved the quality of my life more than I can describe. I had gained nearly 50 pounds after two consecutive pregnancies, and couldn't seem to lose it no matter what diet I tried. This one helped me drop 14 in just the first 2 weeks. I'm now almost half way there at 25 lost, and thrilled. I eat more veggies than ever before, and drink more water and exercise too, so its really healthy. ...more info
- Years later it still works for us!
My husband and I are both basically on a lifelong Atkins plan. We do "low carb" - we don't eat those ubiquitous, gratuitous carbs that are everywhere - so cheap, so dangerous to your health. We don't do potatoes, pasta, bread, corn, rice, any products made with white or brown sugar or corn syrup, and we totally avoid anything "crunchy" and "crispy" that comes in small "snack" bags. I can't believe I used to eat that crap. The Atkins plan taught me to let go of it and get a much better life. I lost eighty pounds five years ago on Atkins and have kept it off...and now I'm going down in a slow and easy way, to my goal weight (I have about twenty more pounds to get there, but no sweat...I just went down another size and I intend to take it slow. I went from a size 18-20 to a 12-14). My husband has recently become a "born-again Atkins" devotee, and that paunch he's put on since he stopped doing physical work a few years ago - I was so worried about his health - is melting away. Every day I say this little prayer: "Thank you, Dr. Atkins, wherever you are. You brought me and my husband more fun, energy and the self-esteem that comes when you are doing something good for your body. Love, love, love to you and yours. Wish you were still here." ...more info
- Excellent book from a diet genius but not so good writer
I won't blame Dr. Atkins for not having excellent writer skills. After all, he has provided the world with what I think the most valuable diet books ever written.
The book is rich with information and details that can be easily grasped by the regular layman. You will still stumble by some repeated paragraphs here and there; you missed the idea, don't worry, it will eventually get repeated in the book at least once more, if not even in the same chapter or may be the same page.
Doing Atkins myself, I would consider it a MUST read. If you are considering this way of eating, do yourself a favor and get a copy now.
- It works, and you'll never go hungry
I accidentally started a low-carb diet last summer when I ate a BBQ plate for lunch and had water to drink. An hour later I was driving along talking about how good I felt. My mother and wife asked me what I'd had for lunch, and they deduced that I'd had a very low-carb meal. They also mention that's what the Atkin's diet was based on. They both seemed to know about it. So, we all started looking in it, buying the books, and getting more information.
All three of us started on Atkins in August of 2006. I lost over 20 lbs the first month. My wife lost nearly 20. Well, then she got pregnant and we threw the diet out the window. My mother, who turned 71 yesterday - and survived stage-4 colon cancer in '95 - remained on the Atkins diet, and lost 40 lbs within a few months. She's since lost 10 more lbs, for a total of over 50 lbs gone. She looks better than ever! And has more energy than any of us. And she's had little periods, like a recent trip to France, where she was off the diet briefly, but gained no weight.
Well, my wife is due to have a baby in a few weeks. She's obviously gained weight. And I've gained weight, too. I've been running out of steam - dealing with her being so pregnant, and me picking up the slack with our 3-year-old son. We'd planned on both getting back on Atkins as soon as the baby was born. But I know I'll need even more energy in the coming weeks - as she gets closer to the due date.
Two nights ago, I was "self medicating" with food, and really pigged out. I made two big chocolate milke shakes, and later ate most of a huge Danish. I was wiped. I felt like crap. I had no energy. I needed a change - and fast.
Yesterday, I decided to get back on Atkins. My mother, who's still on it, was thrilled. I invited her over to a dinner I made with steak, lax, mozzarella cheese, aparagus, mashed cauliflower [made just like mashed potatoes with lots of real butter and heavy cream], and some zucchini slices drenched in Marie's Blue Cheese dressing. We had a feast! I'd been on Atkins enough that I'd played around with some amazing meals. I still remember how to shop and eat for the diet. It's like riding a bike, and I'm so glad I'm back on the diet.
I came here because I was researching more on the Atkins diet again. I'm sitting here about 24 hours into the diet, and I have more energy than I've had in months. And now I remember how great it felt to be on the Atkins diet. At this point, I didn't start the diet to lose weight - although that will naturally come. I started because I need the energy for my family and the baby that's on the way.
Although, you can read tons of info all about the Atkins diet right on the web. The entire diet and Dr. Atkins philosophy makes much more sense when you read the book. So, I highly recommend it to anyone contemplating this diet.
There were articles earlier in 2007 that had American Medical Association results showing Atkins as, not only the most successful diet, but also one with health benefits as well. That's a big deal. And for them to come along and have to confirm that Atkins is "the best diet for weight lose and improved health."
- Atkin's Diet Book
Fast shipping even though the date I was given was like 2 weeks, it came quickly, very glad about that! Excellent condition, cheap price. The description was acurate. Thank you!...more info
- I lost 70 pounds so far on Atkins!
Read this book from cover to cover and follow it faithfully, and:
1) You will lose weight
2) Your cravings for carbs will greatly decrease
3) Your appetite will be suppressed
4) Your blood pressure will drop
5) Your bad cholesterol will drop
6) Your good cholesterol will go up
7) Your blood sugar will stabilize
Don't listen to the naysayers - it is all propaganda generated by special interest groups that support the carb/sugar industry - and by animal-rights activists that don't like this animal-protein-eating diet. The evidence is in: it works - not only for losing weight, but for KEEPING it off. It is a lifestyle, not a diet.
Someday the boneheads in Washington will figure out that their low fat campaign and their food pyramid is NOT working. It's time to adopt a lifestyle that works:
Atkins for good health...
Atkins for life!
- ok guys, listen up... this "diet" is not for everyone
Let me qualify this by saying - this is ABSOLUTELY the lifestyle change I needed, because I am insulin resistant and pre-diabetic. I can see, however, where some people couldn't hang with this diet. We're all on a sliding scale of how many carbohydrates we need each day. Some people need a lot, some very little. That is why I say, Dr. Atkins is a lifesaver for those of us who tried to comply with the Food Pyramid that the FDA blessed, and then the low-fat craze comes along and we're even more screwed. I was always wondering why I would eat very little, and obey that Food Pyramid to the T, and STILL be gaining weight!!!! Finally, I stumbled upon Dr. Atkins, and his enlightening work. I have lost 30 pounds so far simply from following this "diet", and my cholesterol levels have returned to normal. I no longer have the constant stomachaches, the bloating, and the extreme fatigue and constant hunger that I had on the typical American diet. So thank God for Dr. Atkins - may he rest in peace.
That being said, I realize that there are different people from me who don't need this Atkins diet. They are fine with the diet they are following now! I do believe that there are way too many convenience foods out there that aren't good for ANYBODY. But some folks just tolerate carbohydrates way better than others. More power to you, guys. Just don't come down on us who really have benefited from the teachings of Dr. Atkins. Not only have I benefitted from it, it literally saved my life. I really felt like I was heading down a spiral of doom towards death's door until my doctor actually encouraged me to go on a low-carb diet. Since that day, I have felt better than I have felt in years.
So the bottom line is - don't knock it unless you understand it. And don't go on a diet unless you need to....more info
- Great Book
I lost all of the weight I needed to on this diet-and then some! It is a healthy diet. You do eat veggies, even fruit eventually. I think that people should educate themselves before saying negative things about anything! If you don't want to eat like this, okay. Don't. Your life is your own. But hey, the diet does work for those interested. ;-)...more info
- Best Weight Loss Diet EVER
I'm a firm believer that a High Protein Diet works. My brother did the Atkins Nutritional Approach and lost around 55 lbs. I'm currently on the program again. Yes, you do feel lousy the first 2 - 3 days, but it's because you've been stuffing your face with tons of carbs for years. After that you feel SUPER. I was your classic couch potato, and now ... I can't sit still, I want to be up and do stuff all day long. Go ahead do yourself a HUGE favor and get this book and try it....more info
- This diet made me sick.
Within the first day on this diet I was so dizzy I couldn't stand up without assistance. I thought maybe it was a fluke and I had the flu, so I tried again a few months later. The same thing happened. I was so dizzy and pukey feeling it was unbearable! Someone recommended to me to start out with more carbs. So I started with over twice the amount of carbs atkins says to start out on and I was so dizzy and sick again I couldn't get out of bed. I had my husband bring me a piece of fruit, which I ate, then I laid and bed and the feeling went away after 20 minutes. Obviously this diet isn't for everyone. It can't be everyone who feels this way or they wouldn't have been able to sell so many copies of this book, right? ...more info
- Excellent source of medical and practical weight loss information
I read Dr. Atkin's first book about the Atkin's style of eating and while much of the information is the same, this book does give us some updates, such as providing the difference in definitions between ketosis and ketoacidosis. While a controversial eating plan, I know this plan can work and work well for those who choose to adhere to it. As with all diet or eating plans, one should consult with a physician first and use good common sense. Whether you want to implement a carb-controlled eating plan or not, this is a good place to find out how your body utilizes various nutrient sources. Excellent read, in my opinion....more info
- Not a good diet at all
I would never consider this diet in the first place because I lift weights and exercise and certainly low-carb would destroy my efforts.
I want to warn people who consider this diet. I know a family member and her husband who have been:
1. Doing the Yo Yo on this diet, losing and gaining large amounts of weight (more than 50 pounds).
2. Having carb binges that you would not believe. (Not pretty watching someone scarf down ten bread sticks liek an animal at Olive Garden because they have been deprived of carbs).
3. Looking worse and worse as time goes on. Muscle tone going right down the drian and having that "skinny-fat" look.
All the lazy people who swear by it IMO are full of it. No one wants to hear that a well balanced diet with plenty of exercise and eating the rights foods is required. So if you want to dehydrate yourself and lose water weight and muscle have at it but I would strongly suggest a more healthy and logical alternative.
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