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

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,025 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The all-new international bestseller!

Think you know the Atkins Diet? Think again. This completely updated, easier-than-ever version of the scientifically-proven Atkins diet has helped millions of people around the world lose weight—and maintain that weight loss for life. The New Atkins is...

Powerful: Learn how to eat the wholesome foods that will turn your body into an ama
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.

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
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
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
Harry Allagree
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
At the outset, let me say that I'm generally against fads. In past years I fell for many of the latest popular diets...&, predictably, lost interest & regained a whole lot of extra weight. When my son & his wife quietly suggested I look at this "New Atkins" health approach, I was leery & skeptical. When they shared the results in shed pounds for each of them, I became interested, then cautiously bought the book, read it & embarked on the first of the 4 levels suggested. I'm i ...more
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food-health
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
Ben Vogel
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Angie Libert
May 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nutrition-health
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.
Sara Marsh Billiet
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: diet-cookbook
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.
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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".
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Went back to Atkins, it is the best way for me to maintain optimum weight. Good solid book.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great book -- answered a lot of my questions about low-carb eating that weren't covered in other Atkins' books.
Nancy Moore
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a very easy-to-read guide for the new Atkins Diet. I would have liked a few more recipes, but after I purchased this book, I also purchased The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook, which has some really good recipes. This book shies away from delving very deep into the science, which I liked because I already know the science after having read so many books on the subject of low carb diets. I just wanted to get the gist of this particular eating plan and this book does a good job of giving ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was really informative. I have always had difficulty with carbohydrates, particularly in my later years. This diet looks promising. If you are looking for a new solution to weight loss and better health, this is definitely worth a look. It may not work or it may be phenomenal. I enjoyed the easy to read information and the down-to-earth explanations of the more complex nutrition and biochemical processes. Highly recommend this one.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr Westman is one of the best drs for keto info. A must-have!!
Sharudin Jamal
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very pleasant book to read. The explanation is easy to understand and very inspiring. I highly recommend this book for those first timers to Atkins as well as those who are revisiting.
Deborah J
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent reminder about low carb and healthy carbs.
Andrea Baron
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall good information. Wish the basic recipes didn't use artificial sweeteners and thickeners.
Palaash Tarapore
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The one-stop guide for a Healthier Lifestyle!
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Good information on breakdown of carbs vs. protein. Not sure it is something i would be able to stick to but definitely motivating to reduce carb intake.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book for those who need step by step, ongoing guidance. It's a great resource for those who need help at the maintenance stage as well.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Tyler Tremaine
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
While many of the core principles are still there, the "new" Atkins is exactly what it promotes itself as, NOT the "old" Atkins. For those who have read other material on the subject of low-carb, and especially for those who have read Dr. Atkins actual work this is still a good book to read for some modernized explanations. It's full of excellent authors who have written fabulous books of their own, and many who have done much of the research for themselves. Unfortunately, the new program stings ...more
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, medical
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
Misty Rios
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Dr. Eric C. Westman is an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Health System and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He combines clinical research and clinical care to deliver lifestyle treatments for obesity, diabetes and tobacco dependence. He is an internationally-known researcher specializing in low-carbohydrate nutrition. Dr. Westman is currently the vice president o ...more
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