Beyond Atkins

Beyond Atkins

by Douglas J. Markham
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Beyond Atkins by Douglas J. Markham

It's a fact: Not all carbohydrates are bad for you. Unlike Atkins, South Beach, and other diets, Dr. Douglas Markham's breakthrough health plan is a more comprehensive, sustainable, and satisfying program for weight loss and total-body health.
Dr. Doug's signature Total Health Plan features the More Balanced Approach to low-carb meal programs, along with his 30-minute "Fat Burning" Circuit Training Workout™. This groundbreaking book will allow you to discover:

  • the safest, most effective way to follow a low-carbohydrate lifestyle
  • how the kind of food you eat affects your body, your energy level, and your quality of life
  • why fat does not make you fat
  • how healthful eating can replace the need for prescription drugs to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and adult-onset diabetes

...and much more. This empowering resource can help you to both lose pounds and maintain your weight; improve your eating habits; enhance your self-image; and lead a healthy, balanced life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416503552
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 01/04/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

A former chiropractor for the US Rugby Team and an all-American wrestler, Dr. Douglas Markham is the author of Total Health and the founder of, an online weight loss and wellness management system.

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The idea behind the Total Health program is that you have the absolute right to health and happiness. You work hard to provide for yourself and your loved ones. Compromise and sacrifice are part of life. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to compromise your physical and mental health along the way.

And that's a crime. Because if you've sacrificed your health, you'll end up spending your hard-earned resources on medical bills, trying to counteract a lifetime of poor health choices. It's hard to enjoy the fruits of your labor when the lifestyle you've worked so hard to achieve is limited by deteriorated health.

The Total Health program has inspired and enlightened individuals to achieve optimum health and wellness by combining a protein-rich, favorable-carbohydrate way of eating with regular physical exercise, intellectual development, and spiritual growth.

Thousands of people have participated in the Total Health program, with many of them no longer needing prescription medications for diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and adult-onset diabetes.

It's my sincere belief that everyone has the absolute right to be both healthy and happy. People just need the right tools to help empower them to effect change.

In July 2002, John Schneider and I appeared together on CNN's Larry King Live, where John shared his struggle with childhood obesity for the first time on national television. There I announced my plans to depart on my HEALTH Across America Tour, part of a national public education campaign on the prevention of obesity-related diseases. This tour will eventually take me to America's twenty-five "fattest" cities, as ranked by Men's Fitness magazine.

At age 16, with a 44-inch waist, a height of six feet, three inches, and weighing just under 250 pounds, John heeded the advice of his brother and began making lifestyle changes. Two years and 50 pounds later, John's acting career took him to the top when he was cast as heartthrob Bo Duke on television's The Dukes of Hazzard. John currently stars on the WB hit television series Smallville and subscribes to the Total Health weight loss and wellness management philosophy.

The idea for an expanded version of my first book, Total Health, resulted from the overwhelming response to John's inspirational story and my continued commitment to fighting childhood and adult obesity. The goal of this book is to enlighten the world with a simple, safe, and effective answer to gaining control of your weight loss, wellness, and fitness goals.

The solution to our present health and obesity epidemic will require effective collaboration among government, volunteer organizations (the American Heart Association, PTAs, etc.), and the private sector (media, TV, radio, print, etc.), as well as a commitment to action by parents, individuals, and communities to provide a simple approach through proper education, implementation, and follow-up.

Remember, it's your absolute right to be healthy and happy! It's my sincere and deepest desire that this book and the Total Health program helps you take your first steps toward taking control of your health and creating a lifetime of health and happiness!

Yours in Total Health,

Dr. Doug

P.S. Even though the Total Health program is a much more balanced approach to a low-carbohydrate way of eating, I must give thanks to the pioneers of protein-based diets — people such as Dr. Stillman, Dr. Atkins, and others, who, despite the ridicule of their peers and the nutritional establishment, remained true to their beliefs. They were always on the right track, but their approaches were just not well balanced enough for a long-term health approach.

Copyright © 2004, 2005 by Douglas J. Markham, D.C.

Table of Contents


Foreword by Larry King


Part I: Why the Total Health Plan Works

The Birth of Total Health

Why Other Diets Don't Work

The Low-Fat Diet Myth

How to Combine Foods Correctly

Why Fat Is the Key to Good Health

Heart Health

Part II: Following the Total Health Plan


Reading Food Labels

Low-Carbohydrate and High-Protein Products

Micronutrients: Vitamins and Minerals

Got Water?

Fiber Facts


Part III: Eating Your Way to Total Health

Pulling It All Together

How to Use Your Total Health Menu Options

When You Reach Your Weight Goal

Macronutrient Units Lists

Total Health Protein-Rich, Favorable-Carbohydrate Menu Options

Powerful Tips for Reducing Holiday Food Cravings

Part IV: Exercise: How to Get Started and Why

Why Exercise Is Important

Choosing a Health Club

How to Choose a Personal Trainer

The Principles Behind Circuit Training

The 30-Minute "Fat-Burning" Circuit Training Workout

Part V: Mental Health: Helpful Hints for Happiness

Emotional and Social Well-Being

Intellectual Development

Spiritual Growth

One More Thing

Part VI: Total Health Recipes

Protein-Rich Appetizers and Snacks

Salads and Soups




Protein-Rich Entrées




Fish and Seafood

Vegetarian Protein Entrées

Vegetable Side Dishes


Appendix A: Commit to Health and Happiness

Appendix B: Recommended Products

Appendix C: Exercise Resources

Appendix D: HEALTH Across America Tour



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You take a mediocre book, add some names of products that are probabl;y ads for companies and a few pictures and it is not much better than the first. If you stick with South Beach, you will have a winner. Read Dr. Phil's book if you want to get some insight.