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This new edition contains the basic diet and is enhanced by new explanations of the underlying theories. There are seven new chapters.

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This new edition contains the basic diet and is enhanced by new explanations of the underlying theories. There are seven new chapters.

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Dr. Atkins has given his hugely popular diet plan a makeover, complete with new recipes, updated scientific information, and a more integrative approach to weight loss and total health. With the medical community beginning to recognize the validity of the Atkins approach -- which maintains that excessive carbohydrates, not fat, are the real culprits in weight gain -- there has never been a better time to check out the diet revolution pioneered by the author whose other bestsellers include Dr. Atkins’ New Carbohydrate Gram Counter and Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Cookbook.
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Atkins updates his 20-year-old best seller, Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution with a holistic approach to health and well-being. He repeats his controversial, questionably valid premise that the elimination of carbohydrates from the diet will result in weight loss, good health, and euphoria. Contrary to current thinking, Atkins promotes a diet of protein and fat in four stages: induction, ongoing weight loss, pre-maintenance, and maintenance. Case histories document his achievements. However, his verbose text, bloated by rhetoric and generalizations, may overwhelm lay readers, who may not be able to distinguish between fact and speculation. Useful appendixes include menus, recipes, and a carbohydrate gram counter..-- Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community College Library, Garden City, NY
Kirkus Reviews
"Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution", published two decades ago, sold millions of copies but was denounced by medical authorities for its unsound high-calorie, low-carbohydrate regimen. Now it's back, slightly modified, and billed even more contrariwise as a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. Atkins blames carbohydrates for most cases of overweight—as well as for much fatigue, mental fog, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. A high-fat diet, he says, is harmful only when added to a high- carbohydrate diet. At times, he backs off and hedges, admitting, for example, that refined flour and sugar, not all carbohydrates, are the culprits, and even that the desserts he promotes should be limited to special occasions. Still, heavy cream, butter, and cheese abound in his recipes; bacon and eggs are on his daily breakfast menu; and his program, especially the 14-day "induction diet" designed to induce ketosis, or fat-burning, turns all prevailing guidelines upside down. It will be interesting to see how this book does now that low-fat, high-carbohydrate eating has been so widely accepted by professionals and public alike. Atkins claims success with his 25,000 overweight patients (who take an average of 30 nutritional pills a day along with the diet), and he scores a point or two against pro-establishment preconceptions among researchers, but he certainly doesn't prove that his is the healthier diet. Still, get ready for a blitz.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590770023
  • Publisher: M. Evans & Company
  • Publication date: 9/25/2003
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 256,625
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Atkins, M.D. has been acclaimed around the world as an authority on diet and nutrition, and is the founder and director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Cornell University Medical College, he is the author of seven best-selling books on diet and nutrition and hosts Your Health Choices on WEVDradio in New York City. Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution has been translated into French and Spanish.
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Preface to the New Edition

I've never heard of an author redoing his book when it is still a number one bestseller, but this book has been a success for seven years, and some updating is in order. So much has happened since this book was written that I feel I must keep you abreast of how important these changes will prove to be, not only for your weight control project, but also for expanding your health and lifespan.

No, my diet recommendations are not different, although I'll be telling you about some very delicious special foods and some plateau-breaking vita-nutrients created exclusively for Atkins dieters. What has changed dramatically is the world in which the New Diet Revolution plays such a significant role.

When I first wrote this book, I had to convince an entire nation of people who, for a generation, have been systematically brainwashed into believing fallacious ideas about overweight. The unchallenged dogma was that carbohydrates are necessary for everyone, that white flour is good for you, that fats and protein undermine your health, that weight loss requires strenuous exercise or going hungry, and that appetite suppressants may be necessary.

But because the New Diet Revolution works so well, producing essentially automatic weight loss with little regard to quantities, millions of people learned, almost exclusively by word of mouth, that a diet directly opposed to what they have been taught would easily bring their weight problem under control. And they also learned that those who defied the prevailing dogma would improve their energy levels and lab values and would often overcome many medication-requiring illnesses.That is why this book has sold more copies each succeeding year of the six-year span it has been in print. In that time, more than 2 out of every 100 adults in America has obtained a copy of this book, and more have read it. All of these readers have been forced to consider the possibility that one person may be right and the rest of the world wrong. This serious accusation is not made from arrogance, but rather of deep concern that the errors of the "rest of the world" are so widespread as to threaten your health in many ways unless I can help you understand how and why you are being used to further certain economic interests.

You have been repeatedly told that meat, eggs, butter and cream are bad for you and that pasta, cereals, bread, low-fat milk, flavored yogurt, high carbohydrate energy drinks and the like are good for you. Scientific research points in the other direction, but economics explain the discrepancy. The maligned foods, curiously enough, are all those that bring minimal profits to the food industry, and the approved foods, all of which are built upon the least expensive raw materials, are the ones the industry finds most profitable. Although scores of scientific papers have been published showing that what we are taught cannot be true, the utterances from medical associations, the government, and the media never change. Once that sinks in, you may be more receptive to sharing my suspicions that you have been victimized.

In the updated version of New Diet Revolution, I have written three new chapters. One deals with recent scientific developments that may clarify the controversy over which diet is really best for you. Another deals with questions I am asked most frequently by my readers, and the third deals with the rather preposterous misconceptions that I have seen in print about the program.

In addition, since my colleagues and I at the Atkins Center have expanded our services to our readers, I have updated many chapters to integrate information about how you may interact with us to facilitate your weight loss, health restoration and dietary enjoyment.

Also, throughout the book, I have updated information when appropriate. And finally, I am aware that this very book has profoundly changed people's attitudes toward dieting and this edition recognizes the different mindset that people now have -- namely, the expectation of success. This optimism, based on the success of people like you have seen, should, I am confident, serve to be a wonderfully selffulfilling prophesy.


Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution. Copyright © by Robert Atkins. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Part 1 Why Atkins Works 1
1 The Promise 3
2 Understanding Some Basics 17
3 How You'll Succeed 31
4 Is This You? Three Types Who Need to Control Their Carbohydrates 38
5 Understanding the Importance of Insulin 47
6 The Great Fat Meltdown 56
7 Is There a Metabolic Advantage? You Be the Judge 64
8 The Complexities of Carbohydrates 74
9 Facts and Fallacies About the Atkins Nutritional Approach 93
Part 2 How to Do Atkins--Today and for Life 105
10 Before You Begin 107
11 And Away You Go: The Induction Phase 121
12 Time to Review Your Results 145
13 Are You Ready for Phase Two? 154
14 Ongoing Weight Loss: The Second Phase of Atkins 165
15 Engine Stalled? How to Get Past a Plateau 182
16 Pre-Maintenance: Prepare for Permanent Slimness 193
17 Lifetime Maintenance 205
18 A Regimen to Jump-Start Weight Loss 226
19 Eating in the Real World 236
Part 3 Understanding Health and Well-Being 257
20 Metabolic Resistance: Causes and Solutions 259
21 The Psychology of Weight Loss: Behavioral Changes for a Healthier Life 275
22 Exercise: It's Non-Negotiable 286
23 Nutritional Supplements: Don't Even Think of Getting Along Without Them! 301
Part 4 Disease Prevention 311
24 The Perilous Path to Diabetes 313
25 Yeast Reactions 331
26 Food Intolerances: Why We Each Require a Unique Diet 338
27 Lifetime Protection for Your Heart 344
28 Spreading the Word 360
Part 5 Food and Recipes 367
Food and Recipes to Help You Do Atkins 369
The Recipes 382
Carbohydrate Gram Counter 492
References 503
Index 528
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    Don't LISTEN to detractors!!!

    The Atkins lifestyle works, I lost 80 lbs.!!! My LDL was 2x the normal range and reduced to the normal ranges. HDL went up, liver count remained in the normal range. I have three years of blood work to back up my results. The immediate effects are astonishing. It is a pitty Dr. Atkins passed away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Great All- Around Good Eating Habit Suggester

    I wish I had read his works years ago, but I did not because of all of the controversy surrounding him. After lowering my carbs, I felt more energetic and my clarity of thought was better. I always felt okay, but I noticed a difference for the better after trying his low carb diet. As a vegetarian, I had difficulty with his low carb diet such as induction because few foods that are not fish, meat or poultry have low carbs. I went to eating poultry but did not like that. So, I would say (and he does mention this) staying on induction is difficult if you are a vegetarian because to eat under 20 carbs a day is not that easy over a several day or week long period, but anything is possible. However, I was glad to find additional choices through reading his literature--I went to herbal fruit ice teas instead of fruit juices, and stopped eating bread. I used ot eat a lot of french rolls, and pastries like spinach rolls. I had bread with everything--what a disaster. Some of my favorite foods are still okay. I can actually have heavy cream or half and half (such as with iced coffee or hot chocolate) instead of just regular milk. Cheese is okay. So, it is not like the doctor totally puts a damper on one's eating style. He just teaches one to eat more correctly. Some of his vegetarian recipes are quite good. Sometimes, I still eat junk food sweets but not as much and I am trying to cut them out completely because I really feel they serve no purpose at all. I noticed that lowering my carbs reduced my cravings for sweets. I guess he was a great doctor and a very helpful, good soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003


    My family has lost over 160 combined pounds with Dr. Atkins diet. As to the comment above about kidney problems, the book says to get a health check up first, because any undetected kidney problems, or existing kidney problems can be seriously affected. Quite frankly, after watching my dad shed 80 pounds, and my brother losing 50 and me losing ten and on my way to more, I couldn't be more excited.

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