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Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less: Your Guidebook for Living a Low-Carb and Low-Sugar Lifestyle Hardcover – December 12, 2017
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“As the science continues to support low-carb eating as a healthy and therapeutic lifestyle, there is a critical need to help people make the behavioral switch to limiting carbs while embracing fat. This book lays out a simple set of principles that can be tailored to meet the unique metabolism and preferences of different people. Colette shares her decades of practical experience by providing delicious recipes and valuable tips to make this life-changing transition safe, easy, sustainable, and most importantly, pleasurable.“–Jeff Volek, PhD, RD
"Atkins was the spiritual godfather of everything you see happening now in the world of cutting edge nutrition. High-fat diets, paleo, keto, low-carb—it all started with Atkins, one of the most brilliant figures in weight loss. No one is more qualified to set the Atkins record straight than Colette Heimowitz and she does just that in this wonderful book!"—Jonny Bowden, PhD, bestselling author of Living Low Carb and The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth
About the Author
As Vice President of Nutrition & Education, Colette Heimowitz is the driving force for nutrition information at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. She is the nutritionist face to the Atkins Community, which is dedicated to helping people reach their weight management goals. As part of this initiative, she publishes a weekly nutritionist blog, creates content devoted to educating new members about the program, and stays up to date on emerging research on human nutrition.
Colette has been a guest on radio programs nationwide, as well as on television networks including CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. She has more than twenty-five years of experience as a nutritionist and received her MSc in clinical nutrition from Hunter College of the City University of New York.
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The book breaks down into two parts - Eat Right, Not Less and Let's Get Cooking. The first part's chapters include: The hidden sugar effect, How Atkins works, Let's get started, Atkins your way (20, 40, 100), Living a low-Ccarb and low-sugar Lifestyle (small changes equal big results). The second part of the recipes breaks down as follows: Breakfast, Snacks and sides, Soups and stews, Salads, Appetizers, 15-minute meals, One-pot meals, Just desserts. There are several nicely laid out appendices at the end: Atkins 20, Level 1 acceptable foods, Atkins 20, Level 2 acceptable foods, Atkins 20, Level 2 acceptable foods, Atkins 40, acceptable foods, Products for your low-carb lifestyle, and Scientific studies supporting Atkins 20, 40, and 100.
The discussions are what you will find in most diet/nutrition books: watching out/removing hidden and non-hidden sugar foods. Avoiding processed foods. The nutritional, health, attitude benefits of eating better. How to read nutritional labels, dispelling myths of fat, and the importance of vegetables in every meal are covered. Better family eating and tips for eating out.
The plans themselves are broken down by how strict a regimen you want or need to create your new lifestyle. The Atkins 20 has the most constraints because you are sticking to only 20 grams of carbs but it will also produce the greatest results. But others may wish to start a less restrictive diet and ease into or out of the other plans. The author recommends that those with over 40 pounds to lose, start with the Atkins 20. Those with less than 40 pounds start with Atkins 40. And for those who want to make smaller changes and start slower, there is Atkins 100.
There are suggested plans for eating for the day and then the rest of the book includes the recipes. Each recipes is three color and with numbered small steps. They include net carbs amount, serving size, time (active and total), and calories. A small pull out also lists fiber, protein, fat. A short introduction to each recipe item is included and why that recipe is useful/tasty/its history is discussed. Many recipes have a full page photograph of the final result. The type is huge, each recipe full page and very easy to follow. The ingredients list is in italic and bold font and clearly separated to make them easy to read. In all, the large format of the recipes, large font, clean layout with plenty of white space, use of different colors and italics, make following and creating menu items easy.
The author's tone is very no-nonsense and up front. It is written by a clinician who has spent her career working directly with people and their nutritional issues. One important deviation from most modern nutritional programs is that this plan doesn't discourage the use of artificial sweeteners or eating sweet items (many authors today feel that artificial sweeteners, even Stevia, create problematic cravings and prevent people from lowering sweetness values to where they don't need to sweeten everything any more). There is also no discussion of fitness or exercise.
The recipes are what you would expect - everything from cinnamon waffles to an apple crumble dessert that doesn't have apples in it. Along with the recipes are guidelines for eating out and how to make the best of various ethnic dinners such as Japanese, Mexican, and Italian.
In all, a beautifully presented nutrition book that is easy to follow. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.
Cons: The first 100 pages are all rehash of the Atkins program. Good info, but not what I was looking for. This is just old info that is being re-wrapped in a pretty bow for those who don't know anything about the Atkins program. The recipes are nothing new as well. Some are so simple they shouldn't require a full-page recipe, but perhaps a page of "what you can do with an egg," for example. Many of the recipes do not have pictures. I am a visual person and like to see what I am cooking should look like.
Overall: It is a good sized book, sturdy cover, nice pictures, the print is appealing..............but if you have been working the Atkins plan for a while, you will be disappointed. If you are a newbie, looking for who Dr. Atkins was, the history of the plan and very basic information, then this is the book for you.
I am returning mine.
I liked how the book started out talking about the sugar in our diet, and even included a list of the sneaky names for sugar that may slip by us because we don’t always know which ones are basically, well, sugar. I was also impressed that Atkins isn’t NO carbs—I saw some foods like whole grain bread and rice mentioned. (Yay!) The book moves on to food labels, grocery shopping and exercise.
This is a very complete book. I’ve looked over a lot of diet and nutrition books recently in a personal quest to lose a bit of weight and pick up some healthier eating habits. Most of those books are very repetitive: it takes forever to get past all the stories and paragraphs that basically say the same thing with different words. What I really like about this book is that it is filled with useful information. By page 49 there is already a plan!!!!!
Eating out, eating in, packing a lunch—there’s a wealth of information here! And by page 116 we are ready for the recipes. Instead of a book filled with too many words, there are charts and pictures. So I’m thinking, pass up all those low carb books and start with this one.