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The companion to the New York Times best-seller.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871318152
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Edition description: Updated & Expanded
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 220,991
  • Product dimensions: 4.04 (w) x 5.56 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Beans and Legumes 15
Beverages 17
Breads, Crackers and Pastries 23
Cereals and Grains 30
Condiments, Seasonings and Sauces 35
Desserts and Snack Foods 41
Fats, Oils and Salad Dressings 53
Fish and Shellfish 56
Fruit 60
Gelatin 65
Meat, Poultry and Eggs 66
Milk and Milk Products 70
Nuts and Seeds 76
Pasta and Rice 78
Sausages and Prepared Luncheon Meats 81
Soups and Broths 83
Sweeteners 88
Vegetables 89
"Fattening" Items 94
Sources 95
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First Chapter


Are You What You Eat?

You've counted calories; you've counted fat--but nothing has worked. And now I tell you to count carbohydrate grams--you may ask, "why?"

    I bet that most of you reading this already know the answer. My best selling book, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, describes the diet's four phases, and the medical and clinical research behind them. Thousands of people are trying the diet for the first time or coming back to the only diet that worked for them. They don't worry about fat grams or calories because they have discovered the real culprit in weight gain: the carbohydrate.

Carbohydrates Versus Calories and Fat

As Americans have followed calorie-counting and low-fat diets faithfully, they have become fatter. And not by just a few pounds. Twenty million more people are obese today than a decade ago. Every man and woman is ten pounds, on average, heavier. And for children, the situation is even worse. Their obesity rates have doubled during the last ten years. Obviously, counting calories and fat grams has not worked.

    But these statistics are not surprising to me. Along with our weight, our carbohydrate consumption has gone way up, too--by 50 grams a day! In my experience, treating thousands of patients, I have found that as many as 90 percent of those who are overweight have a metabolic disorder, not an eating disorder. Once their metabolism changes, their bodies adjust automatically to a new method of burning fat. And there is a scientific tool to alter this metabolic pattern: following the low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet.

    Being overweight--especially to a significant degree--often represents the identifiable metabolic disorder called hyperinsulinism. When carbohydrates are consumed, insulin floods the bloodstream, but the body is incapable of utilizing it efficiently. You are left with excess insulin, otherwise known as the fat-producing hormone. This reaction can be bypassed by decreasing the carbohydrate intake.

    On the Atkins diet, carbohydrates are restricted to a point at which your own fat is burned as the primary source of energy. With the absence of carbohydrates to fuel the body, a signal is sent out to release fat mobilizers. This burning of stored fat is a natural mechanism of our bodies. And, if you need to lose weight, restricting carbohydrates is the easiest, most hunger-free form of dieting.

Add Up the Carbs, Subtract the Weight

Most of us are unfamiliar with the carbohydrate content of most foods. We need to re-train our way of thinking about foods and become aware that carbohydrates can be found in unlikely places. Because understanding the carbohydrate content of foods is a difficult task, I have created this Carbohydrate Gram Counter as a tool for low-carbohydrate dieting. It will be of immediate help in two important ways.

    First, success on the Atkins diet is dependent on accurately counting the total carbohydrate grams consumed each day. You should plan meals and snacks, monitoring the carbohydrate grams you consume. To do this with ease, even when dining out, you'll need a handy and thorough reference guide.

    Secondly, the Federal government has established food labeling laws making it easier to find out carbohydrate grams of a food. But it can still be difficult to ascertain the actual carbohydrate gram count of everything you eat. The count listed on packages is for "serving sizes," which may be only a minute part of the whole product and can, therefore, be misleading. Also, you may find a label stating "less than one gram" of carbohydrates--but remember, it may contain as high as 0.99 of a gram. When added up, these counts can lead you astray, especially in the Induction Phase of the diet when carbohydrates are most restricted.

    Remember that we have included foods in this book that are not recommended on the Atkins diet. We have even included some of the worst carbohydrate culprits, so you can compare your previous diet to a low-carbohydrate diet.

    To ensure that you always have an accurate account of the carbohydrates you consume, you need a precise Carbohydrate Gram Counter. It is for you that I have created this user-friendly tool as an assistant to your dieting success.

--Robert C. Atkins, M.D.
New York


Take this book with you to your grocery store, or use it to make out your shopping list in advance. Plan your daily or weekly menu by adding up all the carbohydrate grams in the foods you plan to eat.

    Pick foods with low carbohydrate counts.

    High-carbohydrate foods often are made with refined sugars or starches, which should be avoided. Try to pick natural foods.

    Find low-carbohydrate foods you love for your everyday eating, and also find the treats you can allow yourself on a Premaintenance or Lifetime Maintenance Diet.

    Fat and protein grams are listed for reference, but on your low-carb diet, it's the carbohydrate grams that are most important to count.

    Consult your doctor when undertaking serious dieting. The advice in this book is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of your personal physician.

    For delicious, easy-to-use recipes, plus a summary of Dr. Atkins' diet plan, see Dr. Atkins' New Diet Cookbook. For the entire Atkins diet plan, refer to Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution.


    On the 14-day Induction diet, no more than 20 grams a day are allowed.

    While on the Ongoing Weight Loss diet, increase your daily carbohydrate consumption by 5 grams every week until you stop losing weight. You have reached your Critical Carbohydrate Level for Losing (the maximum number of carb grams you can eat and still lose weight). Eat below this level of carb grams until you have come to within five or ten pounds of your ideal weight.

    When starting the Pre-Maintenance diet, you can add another 10 grams a day, or give yourself a 20 gram carbohydrate treat two or three times a week. But be careful--you should continue to lose weight at a very slow rate.

    Your Critical Carbohydrate Level for Maintenance (the maximum number of carb grams you can eat without gaining weight) on the Maintenance diet will be tailored to your own metabolism. Most people's will be between 40 and 90 grams a day, but people with high metabolic resistance may find their maintenance level as low as 25 grams. To maintain your ideal weight, keep eating at this level of carb grams.

Dr. ATKINS' NEW Carbohydrate Gram Counter

Chapter One


C = cup

dia. = diameter

fl. oz. = fluid ounce

gr = gram

lb. = pound

lg. = large

med. = medium

oz. = ounce

pkt. = packet

sm. = small

sq. = square

t = teaspoon

T = tablespoon

w/ = with

w/o = without

" = inch

< = less than

Dashes [--] denote lack of reliable data for a constituent believed to be present in a measurable amount.

    Nutritive values in parentheses denote estimated values usually from another form of the food or from a similar food.


Food (Serving)                       Carbo/gr     Protein/gr    Fat/gr

Bean dip, Master Choice:

   black bean (2T)                        6.0          (2.0)       1.0

   pinto (2T)                             5.0           1.0        1.0

Beans and franks,

   canned (1C)                           32.1          19.4       18.1

Beans and rice: See Rice

   and Beans 
in Pasta

   and Rice

Beans w/pork and

  tomato sauce,

  canned (1C)                            48.5          15.6        6.6

Beans w/tomato sauce,

  canned (1C)                            58.7          16.1        1.3

Chickpeas or garbanzos (1C)             122.0          41.0        9.6

Chili, canned:

   con carne w/beans (1C)                31.1          19.1       15.6

   turkey w/beans (1C)                   25.0          19.0        3.0

   vegetarian w/beans (1C)               38.0          12.0      (12.0)

Cowpeas or black-eyed

   peas (1C)                             29.9          13.4        1.3

Falafel (1/2 C)                          42.0          15.0        4.0

Great Northern (1C)                      38.2          14.0        1.1

Hummus tahini (2T)                        5.0           2.0        3.0

Lentil pilaf, Near East

   dry mix (2 oz.)                       37.0          10.0        4.0

Lentils (1C)                             38.6          15.6       trace

Lima (1C)                                33.7          12.9        0.9

Pea or Navy (1C)                         40.3          14.8        1.1

Peas, split (1C)                         41.6          16.0        0.6

Pinto (1C)                               38.0          14.0        0.8

Red kidney (1C)                          39.6          14.4        0.9

Refried beans,

   Old El Paso (1/2 C)                   17.0           6.0        2.0

Soybeans (1C)                            19.4          19.8       10.3

Tofu or soybean curd

   (2" cube)                              2.9           9.4        5.0

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2003

    I don't like it!

    Foods listed don't seem to list "NET CARBS" which is important when you are counting 20 carbs per day. Get your food list on the website. It has net carbs info..

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Great Companion book to the Atkins New Diet for a New You

    This book is exactly what it says it is...a companion guide for the diet book. It is not intended to replace the book that explains the principles of the plan. It gives a general outline, then provides the needed nutrition information on thousands of common food choices to make following the plan easier. It DOES show fiber grams and net carbs, contrary to some reviewer posts. It is easily navigated using the table of contents. For me, it was a great buy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    It's missing something major

    The carb counter does not show haw many fiber carbs can be subtracted from your total count. This is very important in foods high in fiber like peanuts and beans that would normally have high carb counts.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2000

    Just what I needed

    The book is what I needed to keep me on track! Now before I just order anything to eat I grab this book first! I have lost 17 lbs. in 2 weeks!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Carb Gram Counter

    A bargain at the price with up-to-date info. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    It really works

    After 13 days on the induction part of the atkins diet i lost 12 lbs, i never felt tired because i also took the pills which come in the 14-day starter kit. a great diet but alot of cravings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    A Need-to-Know -- if you have Kidney Disease

    The 'Atkins' (low-carb & high protein) diet has proven successful in helping people shed pounds, in many instances - at least on a short-term basis. The author (in general) cautions that this weight-loss protocol is NOT meant to be used by those with serious kidney disease. Unfortunately, with an estimated 20 million Americans (as of the 2003 database) currently experiencing some form of chronic kidney disease (CKD), and record numbers of people (>90,000 --- as of the 2001 data base) told, each year, that they have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and must begin dialysis to stay alive, the likelihood that someone, who shouldn¿t be following the Atkins `plan¿, IS, is overwhelmingly high. From the kidney¿s perspective, the problem with an Atkins diet is multi-fold -- the following is only 'arm' of the issue. A high meat diet = (a) excess protein stress, (b) mineral overload (especially phosphorus and potassium), and (c) excess creatine (a Bio-fuel) which will be converted to creatinine (Bio-waste). Excess protein will always be problematic, but there is an effective way to deal with excess phosphorus, potassium, and creatine/creatinine encountered by following this diet. The proven procedures for mineral removal (Demineralization) can be found in ¿Healthy Living With Demineralization¿ and ¿More Bio-fuel ¿ Less Bio-waste¿.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2003

    finally ,something that really works


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2003

    I was choclateholic

    Hi every body, I must admit I am lazy when it comes to exercising.I didn't know about Dr. atkins diet not until I saw a documentary on TV critising it. A few people were put on it and lost weight although they complained about being tired, lacking enough carbs in their body. I was motivated to do an experiment on my body, being a biomedical student, i new exactly what to & not to eat. It took me a month on a regular basis of exercising to loose 7pounds but on Dr, Atkins diet it took me 14 days to loose 9 pounds. I found it so hard because i was so addicted to choclates and I was also eating rice for dinner & potatoes. My body feels lighter now and I am loosing weight. I am not giving up coz i know I can loose 14 pounds in a month. The 1st week is hard but I can say no to choclates or any sugary products. I've learned to hate them which is good. But the only side effect i have experienced so far is consitipation but i can deal with it by drinking up to 2 litres of water a day. This diet is great. Its realy worth a try. Ps. I stayed away from salads & veg but eating a lot of eggs, cheese, all meat products.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2003

    This book is a quick daily reference

    This book is a quick reference for carb counts when you don't have a label infront of your face. It is NOT the diet, as other commenters have eluded that it should be. You need to read the main books. I actually followed the Protein Power Plan written by Dr. Eades. It is the same basic principles. I lost 60 lbs. in 4 months and made my goal weight. Low Carbs and adequate protein WORKS. The trick is you can NOT, NEVER, ABSOLUTELY NOT a smiggin' cheat! But then YOU are in control of what goes in your mouth.... aren't you?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2001

    atrocious book - good diet

    This book is appallingly badly written. I have rarely read so much drivel. He does not set out the 'do's and dont's' at all clearly and you have to work hard to decide what you can and can not eat. However if you can manage to struggle through the waffle, the basic message makes some sense. In 5 days I have lost 7 lbs. It is worth trying.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001

    Awesome way to Diet!

    I started the Atkins' Low Carbohydrate Diet on March 15, today is March 25. 10 days later, and I lost 6 pounds. This is an awesome diet, and a GREAT BOOK to have if you're on a 20gram or less Low Carbs Diet! I fully recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2001

    Slim, trim, and a happy eater

    For more than 10 years I've been a fan of Dr. Atkins'. I don't count carbs - it has been 'built' into me. I'm 40 years of age - most people think I'm a teenager... Keep up the good work

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