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Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,898 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
In this new book, bestselling author and cardiologist, Dr Atkins explains how to tailor your diet to defy the ageing process. Research has shown that 70 percent of the signs of ageing are determined by lifestyle, and are therefore within our control. Using his proven programme of diet and vita-nutrient supplementation, Dr Atkinshelps you defy the ageing process by reducing ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 1981 by Bantam (first published December 31st 1972)
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Mar 14, 2007 Lilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting and I lost a ton of weight when I did this, felt great, etc. Problem is that you can't give a diet book five stars or i would. He gets a horrible rap, but I was amazed to see how easy it was for people to cut the crap and trim down on it, no starvation required. Amen.
Jun 26, 2015 Kj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I have been on every diet and diet pill that I could find. I can lose weight but I can't stick with it long term. I started this 6 weeks ago and i love this way of eating. I feel great and have had excellent results. I have lost 27pounds in 6 weeks. I am almost completely off of my blood pressure medicine. No inflammation and pain. I have not had one migraine when I was averaging 8-10 per month previously. This is an amazing diet. I remember eating the first week and not reall ...more
Kevin O'Keeffe
Jun 24, 2011 Kevin O'Keeffe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've lost 90+ pounds since February of 2010, using the "Atkins" method specified in this book. Its been much easier than I ever could have imagined. I don't think this system is for everybody (due to the vagaries of human physiology; we're not all the same, and this program will work much better for some, than it will for others), but you should give it a try and see if its for you. It may very well have saved my life, and I felt several hundred percent better within a week of going on the Atkin ...more
Petar X
I tried, I ate a lot of meat, I failed and I went back to my couscous and chickpeas and veggies.
The diet was developed in the 40s for uncontrolled diabetics who bodies could not handle any but a minimal amount of carbohydrate. Since carb molecules take on 4 times as much water as protein ones, water weight was lost very fast and then, since proteins are filling because they are digested very slowly, people snack less and true fat is lost, but a huge amount of cholesterol is consumed. It was rea
Elissa Washuta
Oct 05, 2012 Elissa Washuta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My issue with this book was not the basic tenets of the diet--I have been on low-carb diets before and find Dr. Atkins' approach, incorporating large amounts of fat for satiety and ketosis/lipolysis, to be a reasonable one, and his explanations of the processes are good. However, by the end of the book, I could no longer stand his tone, which was worse than condescending. He spoke often of "allowed" and "permitted" foods, which is a dangerous approach for a dieter who should feel empowered to ma ...more
Joseph Bruno
Jan 02, 2011 Joseph Bruno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution is a book that puts you on a diet that really works. Dr. Atkins first wrote about his diet in the early 70's. I tried the diet and lost 15 pounds in the first two months. But then life took over, and being young and Italian, there was no way I was passing up bread, pasta and pizza.

Fast forward thirty five years later. My weight had ballooned up to 235 pounds, even though I was working out at the gym 5-6 days a week. I met a friend at the gym who had obviously lost
Leanne Hunt
May 29, 2016 Leanne Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-and-home
I wouldn't have read this book except that my husband was advised by his doctor to try out the Atkins diet, and I'm glad I did. In fact, I was primed, because a well-known sports scientist had been talking about a low-carbohydrate eating plan on the radio and I had already experimented, with positive results. I just wasn't aware that Atkins and low-carb meant the same thing. So many diets do the rounds that I am generally suspicious of "named" ones, as if the mere fact that they come with books ...more
Ricardo Rubio
May 07, 2009 Ricardo Rubio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to understand how you lose weight
This book is awesome, it really blew the doors open to nutritional information. This is the first diet book I read that really made sense and completely changed the way I look at food.

Dr. Atkins guides you through choosing the right foods and you can't help but get excited to "go on Atkins". Everyone I know that has read the book has gotten really motivated and lost weight. It's a good blend of friendly advice, coaching, entertaining writing, and the credentials of a doctor that make this a ver
Mar 02, 2014 Bookfanatic rated it really liked it
Many people don't lose weight on high carbohydrate, low fat diets. A of people think the Atkins Diet is "all meat, all fat", but reading this book, I can see it's not about eating protein all the time. He advocates salads, vegetables, fruits and low-carb desserts. In the most protein-heavy part of the diet, the Induction period, lasting about a week, he advocates two cups of salad daily. It's actually healthier than the way most Americans eat. I would say most Americans don't eat two cups of sal ...more
Aug 15, 2008 Nina rated it really liked it
I really liked this book because, although I no longer follow the diet as strictly as it requires (I stopped it when I got pregnant and never went back), it really gives you a great foundation on why it's so important to limit "bad" carbs and how to implement better eating habits. He goes into great depth about insulin and other ways that carbs effect body/health so that anyone can understand the logistics. I used to eat pasta or bread with just about every dinner because I thought it was low fa ...more
Darrel Owen
Oct 28, 2011 Darrel Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book for finally finding a way to lose weight and keep it off. The whole high fat/high protein/low carb thing is counter-intuitive, but I promise it works.

2011/10/26 - I re-read this book again as I had gone off the diet and really need to lose about 40 pounds (I'm 6'0" and was 245 lbs). I've lost 6 lbs. in 10 days and haven't felt hungry at all. It's difficult to resist milk and bread, which I love, but I can work some of that back in once I get near my goal weight. I love that I can do t
Mar 24, 2012 Kholsu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Battling with my anorexia problems back in 2009... I could totally relate to this book.

I too made notes of every calorie and food type that would enter my body and the emotions I felt during the process of every mouthful. It became so extreme that it left me mentally scared even to this day and incapable of performing everyday activities. But finally, like a ray of light; I finally felt understood. All the variables such as; willpower, emotions and motivation playing major leads behind dieting;
Mar 10, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-books
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.

I'm not a fan though 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. I also don't agree that commercially farmed grain-fed meats and commercial diary products are health foods and found it disappointing that pasture-fed meats et
Just reading it to see 'what the horse's mouth' actually said. I don't know if the 'induction phase' of 20 g carbs a day is necessary (or safe). Maybe the 2nd phase is useful. But I think any diet that keeps your blood sugar lower has merit. And some high fiber foods have a high glycemic index, like whole wheat breads and cereals:

I like Tom Naughton's diet in 'Fat Head' on Hulu. 100 g of carb a day, nothing but McDonald's. He just had double whoppers and d
Thalia Papadakis
Jul 20, 2016 Thalia Papadakis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I borrowed this and didn't spend money on it. At the time, I had no idea what Atkins was about, but a little reading made me realize that; a) you may as well mainline pure grease into your body; and b) vegans can't do it.
Mar 25, 2008 Stacie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-helpish
The Atkins approach is the only thing that has ever really worked for me and the only thing that has ever made any sense for how my body functions. Hard to believe people still think they "know" what Atkins is (only bacon and butter! bad for your kidneys!) when they have never even read the book...

Would recommend this to anyone needing to lose weight or just wanting to feel more alert and alive every day. It might not work for everyone's body type but it certainly works for mine!

Oct 13, 2013 LaTonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I read it many years ago and it was one of the first diets I tried that actually works. I love how Dr. Atkins explains the science behind why the diet works and I love how he gives actual case studies of his patients. This is the diet that I always come back to because it works and one day hopefully I can make it my permanent way of eating, as that is the point of Atkins, meaning, it's not a "diet", but the way that you eat for life.
May 29, 2011 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Why We Get Fat and it made so much sense, this was the natural follow-up. After finishing the entire book I began following Atkins (or as close as I could) and in all honesty have never felt better in my life. I can only assume all those carbs were wearing me down.

Really, really good! Read the kindle version but definitely will be picking up a paperback so I can have a hard copy to refer back to.

Today begins week four . . .
Aug 19, 2010 Maddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 'secret' to achieving and maintaining weightloss. This way of eating is the most pain-free method of losing weight. Read this without pre-conceived ideas. I am recommending this to anyone who expresses the wish to lose weight!
Ms. Please Pass The Books
May 18, 2016 Ms. Please Pass The Books rated it it was amazing
I have the '81 version, which is a virtually identical reprint of the original '72 version and without all of the added adjustments that came in the books that followed. I have essentially been on lifetime maintenance since 1999, and purchased this book simply because it deserves a place on my bookshelf. I've owned about four of them, but they always seem to get misplaced in a moving shuffle or given away. It's not for everyone, but for me - I know it cover to cover and have always been an enthu ...more
Apr 18, 2014 Penny rated it liked it
All good stuff and good inspiring food illustrations and recipes. I used the basis of this diet to lose 6-8 kilos, and kept it off, rather than that plague-all of slowly gaining it back again, because this diet forces you to really re-vamp your food habits, but in a nice way. The basic principle is a little risky if you pursue it for too long, but I reckon it is safe for at least a few weeks if you are reasonably healthy anyway, that is, it is a protein diet so your body learns not to rely on st ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Murray rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is interesting, although I don't quite think it is speaking to me.

Why? Because I'm not dramatically overweight, nor have I tried and failed all my life to lose weight. In fact I've never tried before.

I#m only a little overweight so I'm not entirely convinced that I need to dramatically drop my consumption of carbs. It's taken me perhaps 12 years to put on 14 pounds of excess weight, and that's while eating no shortage of rice, pasta and I'm not convinced that continuing to
Robert Beveridge
Robert Atkins, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution (Quill, 2002)

Well, you can't beat the Atkins Diet for sheer number of coverts. Millions of people are following the Atkins Nutritional Plan, and all of them seem to be losing weight. The only "official" bureau to have come out against it has been exposed as a lunatic fringe of militant vegan doctors, and once again all is right with the world. Or is it?

I'm not going to deny that the book is accurate in its claims of helping people lose weight. It so
Jul 20, 2012 J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a number of years ago, and I liked it at the time. I lost a lot of weight via low-carb dieting.

So, I'll say it now: If you are young (younger than 30, say) this diet will shred fat from your body very, very quickly. However, it is very hard on the body due to the raised levels of heavy-fats. It's a nice, fast, hardcore way to drop a lot of weight quickly, but it's not necessarily healthy.

I suppose it's subjective for me to say that a younger body can take this diet better than
depending on how you execute his dietary guidelines, you may or may not be setting yourself up for an increased risk of cancer and heart attack. there's lots of long term evidence that increased intake of animal proteins is linked to increased risk of a wide spectrum of cancers. that said.

holy crap it works. if you're obese, diabetic, or suffering from an enslavement to refined carbohydrates, this diet can break you of that cycle and leads to rapid weight loss.

if you're not interested in the c
Dec 30, 2014 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This diet won't work for everyone but as a diabetic it is the best, so far, for me. I am not a person who can give up something cold turkey so I did not follow the induction period. For someone who finds cold turkey is best I am envious. It is difficult to give up carbs slowly. However, I go through carb withdrawal regularly because when my blood sugar is low, I have no choice, I must consume something sugary. However, starting with the maintenance level worked pretty well. I lost 20 pounds over ...more
Zebra Three
Jul 28, 2011 Zebra Three rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health
Well, I'm glad I read this because it really does get criticised by people who've obviously never picked it up. I read this out of interest, never having any intention to try the diet and lose weight. Most of the stuff inside makes nutritional sense, although Atkins is (notoriously) questionable on the question of fats. To his credit, he does warn people off margarine and other sources of trans-fats, but I'd be careful about eating a diet that was potentially SO high in saturated fats from anima ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is packed with a lot of very useful information. Everything you need to know. Low carb is not as difficult as you'd think.

I've had issues most of my life losing weight or keeping it off. Since I started on Atkins, I sleep so much better at night, I wake up easily, I have energy all day, I don't have annoying cravings, most importantly, besides losing weight, is the mental focus
Good luck
Shannon Andrews
Mar 19, 2016 Shannon Andrews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Im into experimneting different kinds of diet and I can say Atkins diet is the one that is promising as it gives good results. Of course every diet has its rules that needs to be observed and religiosly followed benefits were also stated that is it good for you physically,give information on foods that lowers down your cholesterol.Its been only weeks and slowly its showing good results a diet definitely proven. no wonder many have used it.
Margy Levine Young
More of a religion than a diet, actually. On one hand, I may try the two-week induction phase to see whether I feel different living without the large amount of sugar that I eat. On the other hand, I can’t imagine banishing sugar and starch for good, so why start?
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Robert Coleman Atkins, MD was an American physician and cardiologist, best known for the Atkins Nutritional Approach (or "Atkins Diet"), a popular but controversial way of dieting that entails eating low-carbohydrate and high-protein foods, in addition to leaf vegetables and dietary supplements.
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“1. More salad and other vegetables on the acceptable foods list
2. Fresh cheeses (as well as more aged cheese)
3. Seeds and nuts
4. Berries
5. Wine and other spirits low in carbs
6. Legumes
7. Fruits other than berries and melons
8. Starchy vegetables
9. Whole grains”
These portions contain roughly 5 grams of carbohydrates. Food groups are arranged in the general order in which they should be added.
3/4 cup cooked spinach 1/2 cup red peppers 1 medium tomato 2/3 cup cooked broccoli 8 medium asparagus 1 cup cauliflower 1/3 cup chopped onions 1/2 California avocado 2/3 cup summer squash
5 ounces farmer's cheese or pot cheese 5 ounces mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup cottage cheese 2/3 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 cup heavy cream
Nuts and Seeds
1 ounce of: macadamias (approximately ten to twelve nuts) walnuts (approximately fourteen halves) almonds (approximately twenty-four nuts) pecans (approximately thirty-one nuts) hulled sunflower seeds (three tablespoons) roasted shelled peanuts (approximately twenty-six nuts) 1/2 ounce of cashews (approximately nine nuts)
1/4 cup blueberries 1/4 cup raspberries 1/2 cup strawberries 1/4 cup cantaloupe, honeydew
1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup lime juice 1/2 cup tomato juice
Convenience Foods
You can select from the variety of convenience foods (bars and shakes are the two most available), but be sure to determine the actual number of digestible carbohydrate in any particular product (see Chapter 8, page 68).”
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