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Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution [Mass Market Paperback]

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Should Be Canonized!!! Nov. 4 2003
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Eczema disappeared Aug. 10 2003
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First things first, the diet is amazing because anything that gets us away from the white bread, white sugar, white rice mentality has to be recommended. I suffered for years as a child from eczema and had NO idea that this might possibly have been linked to refined carbohydrates. Ok, I admit as I got older I realized that sugar played a huge role in this complaint and for the past few years have been careful of how much sugar I consumed, which really helped and have thus since then been virtually (90%) eczema free. However, I still suffered from very dry skin which a homeopath said would never go away. "We know how to cure eczema, but you have to live with the dry skin". I also suffered in the summer (due to the heat) of eczema in my elbows and backs of legs in the knee area. Well, I believed in thinking that this wouldn't go away went on to continue eating refined carbohydrates and had no idea that these basically reverted into sugar in our bodies. Also, whenever I tried to lose weight by going on a low fat diet (where I would eat a lot of bread), my skin became very scaly and powdery if I didn't use cream. I also suffered terribly from dandruff. But I somehow never linked these things. This was until I read this book. To be very honest, I really haven't lost as much weight as I would have expected, but this might be because two things 1) I only have about 15 pounds to lose and 2) my penchant for alcohol (i.e red wine). I have now cut back to just drinking white wine (lower sugar content) and am starting to see some results. However, this summer (2003) I have declared myself 100% eczema free. I have no dry skin, no patches of eczema this summer, and no dandruff. My skin tone is excellent and I put it all down to this way of eating. I can highly recommend it. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars This diet works Jan. 10 2002
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars not for everyone
Don't try this diet unless you are 30-40 pounds overweight. I much prefer Fit for Life by the Diamond family for a healthy way to loose weight.
Published on Nov. 7 2002 by hairpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Term Success
I purchased this book in 1999. I have lived on this diet for the last two-three years. Within the first two months I dropped 30 pounds and as long as I follow the principles that... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2002 by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars It really really works..
I have been doing atkins since August 2001 and I have lost 53 pounds. It really does work. I am obese person who weighed in at 350 pounds when I started with a thyriod problem... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn....... boring.....
Dr. Atkins has just rehashed his old work. Same old thing. The diet doesn't even work. Ugh. Save your money.
Published on Oct. 24 2001 by "calypso48"
3.0 out of 5 stars My Husband Lost Weight - I gained
For some reason this diet seems to work much better for men than women. My husband quickly lost 20 lbs. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2001 by Laura Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy! And effective!
I began the Atkin's diet over a year ago and lost 30lbs in just over a month. I have kept the weight off too! My migraines disappeared and my depression is gone. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2001 by "desertflowers4"
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Story From A Successful User
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars This works
I lost about 15-20 pounds on this diet, it does, in fact work...especially if you are strict about cutting out carbs/sugar, and eat only until you are comfortably full (not... Read more
Published on July 24 2001 by Carla B.
4.0 out of 5 stars It does work
After reading this book I followed the diet for three months and went from 210 to 190 pounds. The loss was sufficiently dramatic for some people to ask if I felt OK. Read more
Published on July 20 2001 by "dalexan3"
5.0 out of 5 stars A new man!
Words can not describe how I feel about your successful diet program. I'm a 40 year old male, and started your program on January 1, 2001. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2001 by James Brywczynski
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