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Product Details

  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 8th edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553077317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553077315
  • ASIN: B000G0IQDM
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been on this diet (if you can call it that) for 4 weeks and I've lost 18 pounds. When I started this diet on March 15 I weighed 194 llbs (I'm 5'7"). Many people at my office have been on this since Jan. and I've seen the results first hand, so I thought I'd try it. I read the whole book, went to the grocery store, and started the very next day. Immediately, I felt better, had more energy, slept better and my hypo-thyroid problem has since disappeared. I still can't believe the food you can eat! I chose not to give up caffeine, rather, I drink only diet pop. I still lost all of this weight! The scale is now my best friend. Just a word of advice: there are many people out there that bad-mouth this diet. It seems that everyone has a horror story to tell! IGNORE IT. But after digging a bit deeper, it seems the person didn't follow the exact diet, or forgot to take vitamins, or drink plenty of water. THIS DIET WORKS! I can't wait to show off my new body to the biggest critic of this diet - my father in law!
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I went on the Atkins diet 2 years ago, for about 5 months, and lost 25 pounds. I never felt better; my headaches went away, fatigue during the day was gone, I was able to wake up earlier in the morning. I need to lose 25 more pounds to be at my college weight. Even after I stopped the diet, and ate a lot more carbs, my weight loss remained. I noticed as I added back more carbohydrates, that many old symptoms returned. I am back on the more restricted part of the diet again because I want to lose the rest of the weight. I will say that you eat a moderate amount of protein, vegetables, fish, good oils, and I think it is a balanced, long-term diet that can work for many of us. Once you reach your weight loss goal, you add back in a lot more carbohydrates, all in the form of healthy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and moderate amounts of fruit, bread, etc.
I have two friends who lost 40 pounds (him) and 60 pounds (her) on this diet, their blood pressure normalized, and their cholesterol count actually went from high to normal in 6 months. I have another friend who told her doctor she was going on the diet, he warned her not to. In three months she came back, her blood pressure was almost normal, after being very high, and she felt better than she had in years. Her doctor told her to keep doing whatever she was doing, because it was working.
Another friend went on the high carb/ low fat diet. She did lose at first, but was hungry all the time and gained the weight back and more when she went off of it. There are people who do well on this kind of low-fat, high carb diet, and Atkins talks about this and why.
No diet is for everyone, each of our bodies are unique.
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Okay, I keep hearing all of these AWEFUL things about the Atkins diet -- About long term consumption of high levels of fat and protein and what devastating effects it has on your system. I, like most people that eat this way, am not a doctor. I can only speak for myself, but I get my information from legitimate scientific studies. Those studies, new and old, indicate that short-term and long term high protein / low carbohydrate intake is safe and may even be the most healthy way to eat. What out-proves even scientific experiments are personal experiments. I have had no more than 10 - 20 grams of carbohydrates per day in my system for over 20 years and drink a gallon of water per day. Yes, every day for 20 years I have eaten what that AMA has told me not to - huge amounts of fat and protein with nearly zero carbohydrates. Forget about the weight (though I did loose over 75 pounds and have kept it off all this time with NO rebound). The reason I changed my eating habits was to be the healthiest person I could be. And now I am. I make regular doctor visits and I am told that I am the healthiest man my doctor has seen in a very long time. My blood pressure is perfect, my cholesterol is perfect, I am physically fit and I feel well rested after 4 hours sleep per night (yes, this for 20 years also). I have gained increased metal clarity, eliminated my depression problems, etc., etc., etc. I could write on forever. What I am trying to say is... Don't let the dogmatic system of medicine and nutrition in our civilized nations dictate how our bodies work with food. Objective science is the only system that can do that. Just because the establishment or the "majority" believes something, certainly does not make it true. Read the evidence. Don't let the FDA or even Dr. Atkins persuade you to believe something. Find out for yourself. I found Dr. Atkins to be right on the money, and my body and mind are living proof... proof enough for me at least. Prove it to yourself.
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I have been through everything.... low fat, Optifast, cabbage soup, the Dean Ornish plan, and I can say unequivocally, that Dr. Atkins' diet is the only one that has given me such dramatic results, with a minimum of pain and suffering.
I started Atkins about two months ago, weighing a huge amount (I'll never tell how much, but it was serious). I have stayed on induction for the past two months, pretty much without falling off. It's not that I have such great will power...I don't. But I really have absolutely no craving for carbohydrates or sweets, this from a convinced dessertophile. The net result is that in two months, I've shed about 34 lbs and gone down four pant sizes. My goal weight is still far off, but I feel better than I have in years.
For Atkins to work, you have to be pretty religious about it I think. I have not found induction at all restrictive, except that I do miss fruit, especially apples. I also have found that exercise is not an option with this diet...it's essential, as the Dr. claims. The combination is more effective than diet or exercise is alone. Between the two, the health benefits of this lifestyle have been enormous. I had a blood workup done about 6 weeks into the program and it was excellent. My cholesterol was down fewer than 200 for the first time in 12 years, my heart rate was a healthy 72, and my cardio health was excellent.
There are things to watch out for on this diet. The water-drinking requirement should not be taken lightly. It flushes out the kidneys, which is pretty important in a low carb diet. Also, forcing yourself not to cheat is also pretty important. The yoyo effect of a dessert on the weekend can be pretty tough...it's as if you are starting and stopping a diet over and over again and that's tough on your body.
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