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Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,514 ratings  ·  136 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestseller featuring the Atkins Nutritional Approach™— a celebrity-favorite diet perfect for losing weight before your wedding or to bounce back into shape post-baby, or if you just want to look and feel your best—includes delicious new menus and simple recipes, a free carb counter, and new tips for weight loss.

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Paperback, 560 pages
Published December 14th 2004 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published December 31st 1972)
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Petra needs staff not addicted to their phones
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
Feb 13, 2015 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
Mar 14, 2007 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. ...more
Kevin O'Keeffe
Jun 23, 2011 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
Joseph Bruno
Jan 02, 2011 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
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
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
Darrel Owen
Oct 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm revising this review. I've never been able to fully keep the weight off by doing this diet. I inevitably collapse back into a carb binging that puts me right back to where I was before. Instead of this diet, instead I recommend the "Eat to Live" diet, which is extremely healthy and describes all the ways in which the Atkins' diet is not only not good, but is actually toxic. I'll leave a review of "Eat to Live" at some point, but I've already dropped 12 pounds in a month, and I'm excited for ...more
Feb 06, 2012 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;
Lisa Reynolds
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution (1997, 1972) by Robert C. Atkins is an interesting diet book with plenty of wonderful recipes and advice.

I am probably the only person who would buy this book and not be actually planning on going on a diet! I couldn’t resist it when I seen it on the shelf because it is a very famous book and I wanted to see if it lived up to the hype. Also, as a writer I have a few characters in some books I’m writing who are very into dieting and I’m sure they would find it sac
Michelle Morrell
I do amazingly well on a low carb diet, and this book changed my life when I first read it. I used to weigh 120 pounds more than I do now, and this plan was the only thing ever that not only worked, but seemed almost effortless. His theories on insulin and metabolism and reactions to sugar mesh with my biology perfectly, and when I follow the plan I lose all cravings and my appetite disappears. Eventually, over the course of 10 years, some weight creeped back, but is (bless you Dr. Atkins), almo ...more
Mar 10, 2012 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
Mar 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 29, 2011 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 . . .
Sep 22, 2013 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. ...more
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
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Learned about a healthy low carb program. During induction you can have only 20 grams of carbs per day. Induction is intended to reset metabolism. Personally, I benefitted from this diet, even though I don't need to lose weight, I do need to eat low carb, as I have carb intolerance.

Many people testify to the benefits of this program, although it is not for everyone. After all, not everybody needs to curb carbohydrate consumption, only some of us.

Anyhow, this is an excellent reference with loads
Mar 25, 2008 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!

Aug 19, 2010 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! ...more
The Badger
Jul 19, 2016 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. ...more
It's a shocker. Really. ...more
Charlene Gordon
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No way I could eat like this without getting sick. Tried this in 2003.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pcos, diabetes, diet, fertility
Great book. If you're thinking about doing keto, I'd read this book first as it will give you a good set of underpinnings for how to execute and monitor your progress, as well as how to get off the diet without regaining everything.

This book is old: It's last published edition was 2002. Unfortunately Dr. Atkins died in 2003, so we'll never get an update. A few of the science things in it are no longer considered to be best practice, but if you read Fung's Diabetes Code or Obesity Code you'll hav
Jade Wood
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I personally love everything atkins. For me it Changes my life completely. For me eating carbs I have no limits/no full button/ constant cravings which all leads to eating unhealthy
Atkins doesn't say I can live off butter and bacon it really teaches you to eat healthy food with your meats. Fats from healthy sources. Healthier fat sources Also come with other vitamins and minerals that I would never get from a chocolate bar. Eating vegetables, again much more health benefits and nutrients in my p
Abu Dhabi
Read the 1992 edition, Polish translation.

Overall, dr Atkins gets one point right, and that is the carbohydrate restriction. When he talks about it, he refers to available scientific literature that supports it. Other things - not so much. I find his anti-cholesterol stance to be outdated, his opinion on seed oils to be uninformed, and his candida proliferation hypothesis to be weak.

Still, the book is readable, not very long, and gives adequate advice for someone on a standard western diet. Dr
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good starting point for looking into the low carb lifestyle, and a few interesting recipes. Also, it was neat to see how ahead of his time he was in his thinking about the benefits of low carb, even if the science at the time was a bit rough.
Abu Dhabi
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition, medicine
I like this book a lot more than the new edition I read and reviewed prior to this. While the science is antiquated to the point of resembling alchemical debates on phlogiston, it does present a diet that seems much healthier.
Marissa Beargie
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 10, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Supposedly it includes discussion about his decade-plus of research.
That would be interesting, because it was first published in 1972, BEFORE the "low fat" dogma was pushed onto the population.
This is hard to find.
Darrin Edwards
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Helped me lose 50 lbs.
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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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“Eat either three regular-size meals a day or four or five smaller meals. Do not skip meals or go more than six waking hours without eating.
2. Eat liberally of combinations of fat and protein in the form of poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs and red meat, as well as of pure, natural fat in the form of butter, mayonnaise, olive oil, safflower, sunflower and other vegetable oils (preferably expeller-pressed or cold-pressed).
3. Eat no more than 20 grams a day of carbohydrate, most of which must come in the form of salad greens and other vegetables. You can eat approximately three cups-loosely packed-of salad, or two cups of salad plus one cup of other vegetables (see the list of acceptable vegetables on page 110).
4. Eat absolutely no fruit, bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables or dairy products other than cheese, cream or butter. Do not eat nuts or seeds in the first two weeks. Foods that combine protein and carbohydrates, such as chickpeas, kidney beans and other legumes, are not permitted at this time.
5. Eat nothing that is not on the acceptable foods list. And that means absolutely nothing! Your "just this one taste won't hurt" rationalization is the kiss of failure during this phase of Atkins.
6. Adjust the quantity you eat to suit your appetite, especially as it decreases. When hungry, eat the amount that makes you feel satisfied but not stuffed. When not hungry, eat a small controlled carbohydrate snack to accompany your nutritional supplements.
7. Don't assume any food is low in carbohydrate-instead read labels! Check the carb count (it's on every package) or use the carbohydrate gram counter in this book.
8. Eat out as often as you wish but be on guard for hidden carbs in gravies, sauces and dressings. Gravy is often made with flour or cornstarch, and sugar is sometimes an ingredient in salad dressing.
9. Avoid foods or drinks sweetened with aspartame. Instead, use sucralose or saccharin. Be sure to count each packet of any of these as 1 gram of carbs.
10. Avoid coffee, tea and soft drinks that contain caffeine. Excessive caffeine has been shown to cause low blood sugar, which can make you crave sugar.
11. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day to hydrate your body, avoid constipation and flush out the by-products of burning fat.
12. If you are constipated, mix a tablespoon or more of psyllium husks in a cup or more of water and drink daily. Or mix ground flaxseed into a shake or sprinkle wheat bran on a salad or vegetables.”
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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