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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060722002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060722005
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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293 of 303 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Kelley on May 11, 2004
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First off, my credentials: I lost fifty pounds on this diet. This is a review of this guide, not of the diet.
The beginning part of the book gives a brief, peppy rundown on the diet itself. It has some good information, but the tone is irritating. The phrase 'doing Atkins' may be colloquially understood, but it sounds amateurish and is heavily overused. No opportunity to pimp Atkins brand products is passed up. The result had me on edge by the time I began reading the actual shopping guide, and then it got worse.
The useful parts are those dealing with raw foods, ones that don't involve 'branding' (that's corporate newspeak for "ramming the product name into your head and keeping it there," folks): fruits, basic meats, cheeses. Gouda is gouda; tofu is tofu; beets are beets. Unfortunately, even these parts suffer from some degree of measurement inconsistency.
If you're going to compare nutritional facts from item to item, you have to use the same size portions for each item in a class. It is no good referring to 1/2 cup of most vegetables, then switching to 'half a baked potato' or 'two tablespoons'. Sure, the reader can convert, but isn't that why I bought the book? Pick a half cup and stick with it. Or an ounce. A ton. I don't care, as long as it's consistent, and the book's measurements are often so inconsistent as to be impractical for reference.
Where the book really begins to go south is when it comes to any form of 'branded' food. Atkins Nutritionals, or whichever branch of the Atkins empire put this out, has naturally listed Atkins brand products first in every category. Okay, fine, we're big kids and can read past this obvious shill; but even so, a lot of the other name brand products evaluated are going to change as the market reacts.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By IzzyReal on September 19, 2009
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Although I've been on the Atkins Program before, I was still in the dark on what to buy when I was at the store. Eggs, meat, cheese, etc. for sure, but I wasn't aware of a lot of the other stuff I could employ in my Battle of the Bulge. This guide names names and gives good advice on whether or not you should buy it, even if you are allowed to employ it in your program.
One question I have is: I noticed it was published in 2004. Is some of this info still valid? Have there been updates or revisions since 2004? Nevertheless, it is a handy addition to my arsenal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Boss on January 2, 2014
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Best carb diet. Health way to lose weight. Helps my arthritis, too. Every five days eat a little more carbs than normal and helps jump start the loss again
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Schmidt on March 8, 2010
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The book was delivered promptly and is in good condition. I would recomend this way of eating to anyone who has tried other diets and failed to lose weight and to folks that have diabetes or sensitivity to sugar and carbohydrates. After trying the Atkins plan for 5 days I not only lost 8 pounds but also felt more energetic, less moody and slept better.I can see staying on the Atkins plan for life, I do not feel like I am on a diet since I can have butter whipped cream cheese and a wide variety of tasty food.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. S. Little on June 17, 2014
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To me this is a great source for grocery shopping. When I first started Atkins and did not have this book I spent hours in the store reading labels. By using this I can pre-write the brands I am looking for based on glycemic levels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill on February 7, 2013
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Yes, half of the info in the book is very useful and you can get ideas about what foods to buy that are relatively low in carbs. The other half of the book mentions specific brands of grocery store products that can't even be found in most stores. So, it seems half the book is an advertisement so it winds up being over-priced for what it is. There are likely better low-carb resource books than this one if you want to save and maximize.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on October 26, 2009
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This book is the cat's meow!! It has saved me and even directed me to some healthier options.

I received the book in great condition and in a timely manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silver Wolf on May 26, 2014
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This was exactly as advertised. In good condition and arrived on time. I wish it were a little more up to date, but that wasn't the sender's fault.
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