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The New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great

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Read the book that revolutionized the Atkins diet for a whole new generation! This New York Times bestseller explains WHY Atkins is the safest and most effective way to eat, HOW you can use the diet to easily lose pounds and maintain a healthy weight, and WHAT to eat to feel satisfied, every day.

The New Atkins Made Easy made a lot of people reexamine what they THOUGHT they...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Touchstone (first published March 1st 2010)
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Last book I read was Gary Taubes "Why We Get Fat". In it, he recommended following the guidelines in this book and includes some low-carb diet guidelines of one of the authors, Dr. Eric Westman. This is why I picked up the book.

Anyway, I had a couple bad experiences doing extreme PSMF-type diets and trying to go about low-carb all wrong. After reading Taubes' book and starting this book, I decided to give Atkins another try. So far, I seem to be doing pretty well on the induction diet.

I had bee...more
Since reading Gary Taubes "Good Calories, Bad Calories," I've been investigated the low carb/high fat theory of becoming healthy and losing weight. While I can't vouch for the science, the premise makes intuitive sense, at least for someone like me who has had difficulty with controlling my intake of refined carbs (the "white stuff"). Sugars and starches have always been my downfall, and while some of this was due to emotional issues, I've never had problems with reasonable consumption of protei...more
I read the 'New Diet Revolution' book in around 2004 and for 6 months or so it really helped me and my health and also helped me lose weight.

The changes in this book include that: lean meat is okay to eat, there are more vegetables on induction, there are 2 paths in phase 4, and there are vegetarian options.

I'm not a fan of the idea that losing a ton of weight per week is healthy, nor that soy products or rice cheese is a health food, or that Splenda or saccharin or protein bars are health foods...more
I read this because it was directly recommend in Why We Get Fat as a more specific guide to low-carb eating. Taube's book does have a light guide in the back, and in retrospect, I probably would have been happier just reviewing that. This is such a...well, diet book. It's an incredibly specific plan with four phases, and careful management and tracking of food, with all kinds of special advice and restrictions. As of note, the science is in the back of the book, and I mostly skimmed it since I h...more
A great reference for any Atkins virgin or someone interested on reaping the benefits of the Atkins lifestyle. I have always been a skeptic when it comes to magic diets or new ways of eating, I have to admit the initial pitch of Atkins (FAT is your friend) was too out there for me, but reading through the science and cross-referencing with other books, it pretty much made sense. 3 weeks after picking up the book and following the recommendations and shopping plans (I can't cook, and the book doe...more
Angie Libert
I totally misunderstood this weight loss approach. I have always thought of Atkins as a high-protein diet, with shakes and protein bars, which does not appeal to me at all. But it turns out Atkins is a high-fat diet! That is so right on nutritionally! I am not sure if Atkins has always been what it now is, but I am very pleased with what he is now representing, excluding the toxic sugar substitutes recommendations.
I have always been of the mindset that Adkins is not a healthy approach due to all the "low fat" headlines we are bombarded with on a daily basis. However, over the last year I have found that low carb eating is what I need to be healthy. This book is an amazing resource with great guidance on how to eat low carb and has great recipe ideas. The authors are physicians that have lots of great science to support this way of eating. Also I like how this book states this is a "whole food" lifestyle d...more
Ben Vogel
There is no doubt in my mind that this book can make a big difference for everyone. It was recommended to me by my brother-in-law, who is a world recognized sports physiologist, so I read and adapted this diet despite my natural hesitation toward all "diets" and one-note solutions.

Fortunately, the diet within isn't entirely one-note. Eliminating carbs is a big part, but it isn't a 100% ban after the induction phase, and everything else you do with your life matters too. I would have never believ...more
Terri Lynn
As a vegan, my family does not consume dead animals, pus-laden cow secretions (dairy), chicken menstruation (eggs), or bee vomit (honey). I am delighted that Atkins has a vegan food plan that works well and incorporates the cruelty-free, healthy vegan lifestyle with weight loss. I have know people with clogged arteries who have had heart attacks and developed colon cancer and other health problems using the original Atkins but using the vegan version protects the health while easily losing weigh...more
Explains the theory behind the Atkins diet first, then describes what to eat during the different phases. I'd always been a little afraid to try Atkins because it had the reputation of being an extreme diet, but the plan has been revised to include lots of green vegetables. The book explains this diet has a lot of research behind it, and relies on the "Atkins edge" -- teaching your body to burn fat instead of carbs. I've only just started -- completed my first week -- but have lost 8 pounds, and...more
Jul 06, 2010 Vanessa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants/needs to lose weight
I love that this is an updated version that is filled with science as to why and how it all works. I have a strong science background, so proof means a lot to me. I also like the meals plans that are easy to follow and resturant choices for all kinds of food, not just fast food. This is a book that I am sure to continue to refer to as I progress through my weight loss.
Sara Billiet
I am a huge fan of the Atkins Diet. Chemically, my body, like many others, cannot handle sugary foods and highly refined carbs. I have had a lot of success with this eating plan. I think this book is very relavant to the here and now - and has a lot of great advice. Lean meat, non-starchy veges make up the basics of this eating plan.
Another confession: I didn't read this cover to cover. Just what I needed to do the diet. Have enjoyed the diet on a short-term basis though. I've seen pretty good results and this whol low-carb thing is a total new concept for me. I'm really enjoyed learning about the benefits of it.
This does not seem all that different from the original Atkins book. However, it feels very current and the added sections are for vegans and vegetarians and those who eat out all the time. Includes success stories and generally easy to understand information.
Aaron Jensen
This is the place to start to change to a low-carb, high-fat diet. Good nutrition data. Pretty quick to read. I wish there was a little more talk about the science of this kind of diet, but I got all that from "Good Calories, Bad Calories".
such a simple and logical concept. protein feeds muscle cells, carbs feed fat cells. eat plenty, and enjoy what you're eating. (no strenuous exercise required! ... gotta love it)
Rena Jones
Great book -- answered a lot of my questions about low-carb eating that weren't covered in other Atkins' books.
Went back to Atkins, it is the best way for me to maintain optimum weight. Good solid book.
I read the revolution copy of this, and learned so much about food and how your body processes sugars and fat etc. I was 240 lbs when I started Atkins about 9 yrs ago, and have kept the 100 lbs off I lost in 6 months. My cholesterol was perfect, my skin looked great and I felt the best I had in years, if not ever. Now off the way of life, my cholesterol is borderline...sooo those that say this way of life is a heart attack waiting to happen, may want to rethink that. I know I'm going back to les...more
An updated version of Atkins makes a lot more sense. It encourages eating lean meat and is not packed with greasy sausages and nitrate-laden lunch meat. You are also required to get in a certain amount of green vegetables every day. When you reach the point when you add back some carbs, the plan teaches you how to figure out what carbs you are sensitive too. As someone battling Type 2 diabetes, a plan like this is ideal. I am carb sensitive and when I reduce calories, but not carbs, I do not los...more
I LOVE ATKINS!!! I suffered from insomnia for over 2 years -- after 3rd day on Atkins it was gone! I had been experiencing joint pain and swollen feet for some time -- after 2 weeks on Atkins it was gone!

I am NEVER hungry on this program! The food choices are fantastic and, yes, it is possible to eat low-carb on a budget (you just have to be creative).

Best part -- I was diagnosed as being "pre-Diabetic". Even if the weight loss does not prevent me from contracting Type II Diabetes (family histo...more
Misty Rios
The New Atkins for a New You is an updated, better researched version of the original book. It now supports its claims with references from a number of studies which was severely lacking in the original book.
The book thoroughly explains the concepts of the low carb diet and gives specific details about each phase and when it would be an appropriate time to move on. There are lists of appropriate foods as well as menu plans for each phase (although limited) and even instructions and plans for veg...more
Feb 17, 2014 pri rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Good update for the diet program - tackles some of the myths head on and provides solid advice and jumping ground for the program.
as an on again off again vegetarian the first week on atkins was pretty intense. i thought i could never look another egg in the face! however, on my second week, i noticed i was never starving or craving as in other diets. i was fully satisfied and even without an appetite at all. i found my portions were naturally smaller and i was eating lots of healthy dark leafy greens and lean meat. it is disconcerting to be eating so much fat when the culture and food packaging warns against the consumpti...more
Becky Black
Aug 07, 2014 Becky Black rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old Atkineers and those looking to try it for the first time
Shelves: non-fiction
Even if you're an experienced Atkineer and think you know it all, this book is worth checking out, both for reminders on the fundamental and to learn some new things to try. Well written and accessible for old hands and newbies alike.

For UK based people, this UK one really is a proper UK version. So weights are given in stones & lbs and in kilos. Recipes use British style measurements, not American ones - no cups! And the vocabulary is British English, so chips means as in fish and chips, no...more
Crystal Helcel
Great book. Addressed all of the concerns I had about Atkins.
Susan Campbell
Great read. Very informative. It is a great place to start if you are researching a healthy lifestyle.
Magga Russell
Not a great book for the induction phase. Now that Dr. Atkins is dead, Atkins has become too PC and more worried about selling their franken products than they are about people actually going into ketosis and burning fat for energy. Not a bad diet overall, just not a good one for those really wanting to become keto adapted. After a week on this diet, I never wanted to eat another bite of lettuce again. I also never quite went into full ketosis, and as a result, felt like crap the entire time.
The book was thorough on going over the basics of the updated diet. It was an easy read with clear language. There were too many testimonials, few of which I could relate to. It didn't cover anything, however, for troubleshooting if things didn't go smoothly. There are no suggestions in the book on how to deal with stalls in particular. The book is helpful to get you started and will remain helpful if you don't hit a bump. If you experience anything other than weight loss, you're on your own.
This book was fabulous. It was a great update to the Atkin's Diet (Or Atkins Nutritional Approach). It gives you ideas on how to suit it to your lifestyle, but also how things have changed and perhaps things that Dr. Atkins may have forgotten to add. I missed having the recipes in the back (they had sauces, dips and stuff). I found this very informative. There were a few things I won't use (I'm not vegan) but overall this was a great book.
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