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Atkins for Life: The Complete Controlled Carb Program for Permanent Weight Loss and Good Health Hardcover – January 1, 2003
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It is bread and not butter that is the enemy in Dr. Atkins's popular and controversial low-carbohydrate/high-fat diet. In In Atkins for Life, he continues his decades-long crusade against low-fat eating. Atkins argues that low-fat meals are high-carbohydrate missiles, causing the body to produce excess insulin, which then produces fat, slows down metabolism, and tips the scale. Instead, he urges readers to stop counting calories and fat grams and start counting carbs to rev up their metabolism and burn fat as an energy source. The question of whether "ketosis," the fat meltdown he advocates, is healthy or harmful is a central question of this sequel to the bestselling Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution. Packed with recipes, menus, carbohydrate counters, and strategies for staying with the plan, this book is less clear than its predecessor. It veers back and forth between how to begin and how to maintain "a controlled carbohydrate lifestyle." It is also more promotional, with photos of satisfied slim folks and pitches for the branded Atkins products. Still, with its pages of testimonials and studies about weight loss, lowered cholesterol, and increased energy, it is hard to argue with Atkinss results. He puts his proof in the pudding. --Barbara Mackoff
From Publishers Weekly
Atkins, cardiologist and founder of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City, has advocated his high protein/low carb diet regimen for some 30 years (Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution was published in 1972, and Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution in 1992). While fans of the butter-eggs-steak diet have long supported the Atkins program as a way of life, until this past year, the medical community has not warmly endorsed the plan. However, recent students show that the Atkins plan has enabled dieters to both lose and maintain their weight loss as well as reduce their cholesterol levels. This book, which can be used by people familiar with the Atkins plan as well as those who have not followed it, offers detailed questionnaires designed to help readers understand the preferred food choices. Particularly helpful are the charts of "eat regularly," "eat in moderation" and "eat sparingly." Some of the inclusions may surprise readers but Atkins offers explanations of which foods fall into the "higher carb" categories (potatoes, bananas, rice cakes) and therefore must be limited. First-person success stories are sprinkled throughout the book. The second half of the book includes a month's worth of meal plans, holiday menus, and 125 recipes for a variety of foods, including jerk shrimp, potato salad, brown rice pilaf, zucchini latkes, rhubarb applesauce and chocolate souffle. While this diet won't work for everyone, especially vegetarians, this guide is a comprehensive overview for dieters who are ready to embrace the Atkins philosophy.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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PS. These self help books are best if you buy the actual paper back book vs. Kindle. There are charts etc. that you just can't print easily from Kindle.
I started the Atkins for Life program one year ago. I lost 20 lbs, went off my high blood pressure medicine and am no longer worried about diabetes. I have maintained my weight loss and have more energy.
The protein, high fiber and limited complex carbohydrate diet is not difficult for me to follow and I'm never hungry nor craving carbs.
This book explains the concept behind the diet in detail and provides all the guidance necessary to be successful. Included are sections with recipes, a menu program, explanation of the diet's science, shopping guides and strategies for dining out.
The many personal stories included are very inspirational. This book really did change my life and I highly recommend the diet. It is possible to take control of your weight without starving.
1) A Lifetime Plan - explains the concepts, inspiring success stories with before/after photos, and lots of quizzes and information like recommendations for what to eat regularly, moderately and sparingly, suggestions for making exercise a regular part of your life, and facing challenges.
2) Eating for Life - information on getting your kitchen in order and meal plans for different Net Carb levels (45, 60, 80, 100), carb counting charts, and 125 recipes.
I will say that the book has some ingredients listed that are no longer available--but with a search of some low carb websites I easily found healthier substitutes for those items. I consider this an essential book for anyone following an Atkins lifestyle.