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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Cameron + Company; illustrated edition edition (June 1, 1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091868465X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918684653
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Cameron (1911–2009) was a famed American photographer and author of numerous books featuring aerial photographs of cities throughout the world.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Wong on July 28, 2004
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I purchased the original in 1964, and like others, I still have and use it. It made sense then and obviously still does. I had a career that made the 3-martini lunch a standard in those days. This fit the bill exactly. I have never had any negative reaction, health-wise, being on this diet. True, I've tried other diets, but always came back to this. It was brief, handy, and easy to memorize. Plus, it's cheap! The book, not the diet. I'm pleased to see it being distributed again. Now all those doubters will know what I've been talking about all these years. As far as the text goes, I thought it a bit over the top even then, but, I didn't buy it for its literary content. My $1.00 investment has been the highlight of my somewhat diminished portfolio for 40 years. At $4.95 you should add it to yours.....
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Schoolkeeper on March 17, 2007
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This was the original low carb diet. I remember the book from my childhood and it's almost identical. I love the fact that it doesn't give advice, doesn't try to 'nanny' you into following the diet -just states the facts. This is a weight loss programme that works, follow it if you want to and if you have deeper issues with food than simply overeating you need counselling and if you have issues with drink you need AA. Basically, what we put into our mouth is up to us but doing it this way allows an enjoyable 'liveable' lifestyle and still lets you lose wight.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Bernard M. Patten on January 20, 2005
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Remember that old ad for Camel cigarettes? Do you want a treat or a treatment? Well, do you want a drinking man's diet or a thinking man's diet? Most of us go for the fun and that is why in the diet wars this little book has held up so well. It probably did not start the low carb diet, but it did make it popular until, that is, Dr. A came along. Actually, the low carb diet first appears in history with the advice of a remarkable physician, William Harvey (not the Harvey who discovered the circulation of the blood, but a London physician) who advised a diet which consisted of "avoiding starch and saccharine matter" -in modern terms LO CARB. The patient lost 50 pounds and so will you. By the by, probably you should check with your doctor if you are not in the pink. And if you are over eatting because of psychological pressure, you don't need a diet, you need a shrink. Lo carb diets may be deficient in certain vitamins, such as Vitamin C and Folic Acid, so supplements are indicated.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By shocked! on June 9, 2013
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Some reviewers are upset that this little book "isn't much more than a pamphlet," and that is true - it is a quick 30-minute read that cuts to the chase with no BS and keeps it simple. If you want to spend hours/days/weeks of your life rehashing the common sense of the low-carb logic in order to avoid actually putting it into practice, then there are plenty of books out there for you. If you're ready to make a change right now without fussy menu planning and grocery shopping then this is the book for you. There are no recipes and no menu plans. There is no need for that because it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how to avoid carbs. Don't eat white refined things and don't eat sugar. Read the nutrition labels or use one of the many online calorie/nutrition trackers and you'll get your carb info. The lists in the back of the book are a helpful guide in avoiding some carb pitfalls, and in all honesty they probably provide all the info you need even if there are some discrepancies as mentioned in prior reviews, and the minor errors will not be enough to totally mess up your diet.

I just started this diet today and I think it's working because I already feel slimmer. Or perhaps I'm drunk. :)

01/09/2014 - This is a late edit to add a comment, but I lost 5 pounds in 4 days while only counting my carbs and enjoying my wine or cocktails made with sugar-free mixers. Meats, green veggies, and healthy fats (olive oil and real animal fats) I ate with abandon, along with small portions of carb-laden foods. This little book offers an easy way to keep things on track, and I will be using its principles from now on.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Gurney VINE VOICE on December 3, 2007
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I have to agree with the other reviewer who noted the contradictory advice on pages 8 and 26. The author opens the book by telling us to eat less than 60 grams of carbohydrates a day. He closes it by warning us to eat at least 60 grams of carbohydrates a day. I can't believe this slim little valume has been around for so long without some editor correcting that fundamental mistake.

That said, this is a good and easy to follow diet. By comparing the charts at the back, I realized I did not need to analyze every meal. Just cut out bread, beans, potatoes, pasta and rice -- these are the highest common carb foods. And deserts. If you are a beer drinker, well, too bad. This book is aimed at cocktail drinkers, as only 5 non-lite beers will put you over the 60 gram limit. But tell me this Jameson/Williams: if tonic water has 0 grams, and gin has 0 grams, how can a gin and tonic have 9 grams of carbs? And how do you know a sandwich has 87 grams of cholesterol? Doesn't it depend on what you put in the sandwich?

I'm glad they reissued this little book, but it would benefit from a careful review and editing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2004
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How wonderful to have this new edition available!!! Now with, it seems, all of my friends carefully watching their calorie and carbohydrate intake, yet not wanting to give up their noontime or evening cocktails or wines, this little book is their salvation. Since this concise wonder of an "indulgent" diet appeared (first published in 1964, ten years before Dr. Atkins came on the low-carb scene) and in stark contrast to Dr. A's copious 500 pages of dull and dry lecturing, it's been acclaimed for its validity. And happily, it can be tucked into one's purse or suit pocket to keep you accurately counting your calories and carbs, and it makes a delightful thank you gift to present to your hosts or hostesses.
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