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      09.11.2010 19:15
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      Buy it if you want to do this diet

      As much as id like to go on and on about the diet itself, that's not what I'm reviewing. I bought this book about 3 months ago when I started this diet and I found it such a huge help.

      ***Contents***

      Don't let the amount of pages in this book put you off buying this if you want to start this diet. The first half is about the sciences behind the diet and about some of Dr.Atkins's previous patience did on this diet. Although you don't have to read this part of the book, it does motivate you a lot to see how other people did, how much they lost and how much it helped there health. It also helps answer pretty much every question you can think of about this diet. It gets rid of all those worries about whether this diet is unhealthy and why all of those rumours are wrong.

      The next part of the book is instructions on each stage of the diet. These are induction, Maintenance and ongoing weight loss or 'OWL'. It will let you know how long you can go on that part of the diet, what you're allowed to eat, the rules, when to go on the next part etc.

      As it's quite difficult to get used to making meals that don't have carbs in them, this books also contains recipes for starters, soups, salads, main courses with different types of meats and desserts. It's not a huge part of the book but it gives you a good idea what to make and shows you the nutrition information as well.

      The last part of the book shows you nearly every foods carbohydrates content which will be your bible for a while until you can memorise what foods you are allowed. This doesn't take long, don't worry.

      ***Price***

      I know the price will vary from place to place and site to site but I recall getting this book for £2.99 from Amazon.

      ***Overall***

      I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in starting this diet (which is highly recommended). It tells you everything you want to know so you'll never be stuck during your weight loss.

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        31.07.2010 20:28
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        Constipate to Accumulate...

        Nowadays, it is getting harder and harder to have bad breath. What with the cheap and easily available supply of toothpaste, the increasing use of mouthwash, and even free NHS dental care. Luckily though, Dr. Atkins has come up with a sure-fire way to sustain bad breath- even in these pro-dental health times we live in.

        Due to my insatiable need to follow all popular culture trends (I sported a fetching pair of curtains throughout the nineties, threw away my millennium bugged computer on new year's eve 1999, and have blacked-up every day since Barack Obama was elected), I decided to purchase Dr. Atkins book- even with the BMI of a fossil. And the question I was struck with, almost immediately after turning even the first few pages was; how can so many people have bought and followed the book of a man who has such a tenuous grasp on reality?

        This is a man who says that a vegetarian, can indeed do the low carbohydrate, high protein diet, if they are just "willing to eat fish and chicken". A man who, only 5 pages in, divulges that he is holding in his hand a picture of you! A picture in which you are "glowing" and "have been exercising". A revelation that is only made more unsettling by the creepy italics it's delivered in. This is a man who clearly does not have a grasp on reality. It is simply strange that he can title a chapter in his book "Eating in the Real World" when he clearly isn't living in it.

        And the journey into Dr. Atkins' psychosis delves only deeper, when he discloses his thoughts on constipation- which he says is merely a minor issue, which can be resolved by drinking more water. Well hey, I guess if nothings coming out then you can't put anymore in- the secret to the diet's apparent success, perhaps? Other "minor issues" Atkins' lists as caused by the diet include, leg cramps and bad breath. Well, 'bad' not being the correct word, just "different, to be sure" and "in part a sweetish smell", the actual number of patients' breaths Atkins smelled to determine this is not disclosed.

        But, breath fetishes aside, to say the book isn't funny, would be untrue. On page 11 he even jokes about the obesity epidemic in the USA, with a slight on the fatties, saying they are "thicker from front to back and wider from side to side than the rest of humanity". Ha ha ha, hilarious. He then continues to delve into irony: "Please don't laugh. You know that isn't the answer." Oh, Dr. Atkins, you and your sarcasm.

        The most disconcerting thing about the book though, and the overall impression you are left with after reading it, is the fact that the 'Atkins Diet' is almost definitely a cult. With all the tact of Hitler a la 1945, Atkins pushes his scary 'Four Principles of weight loss', crushes opposition- even talking of the "anti-Atkins propaganda of modern medicine", and seems to be attempting to develop his own army, in a chapter genuinely titled "Calling All Revolutionaries", in which he talks of people who will "make a difference to the world", even "organising into groups, with meetings and membership". I'm sure you'll agree, well-structured and organised groups of constipated, dieting women, marauding around the nation, is a truly terrifying idea. If you ask me, the Night of the Long Knives... and Forks, can't be too far off. Watch out Anne Frank-furter (sorry).

        Overall, this book is ridiculous, written by a mental case- it can really only be certified psychiatrists who should have any interest in reading it. But, I do think the choice is clear, you can either choose to defy this growing cult of Atkinsism and the all seeing over-doctor himself, who is well organised, already has your picture, and is clearly insane. Or you can, like me, join the reported 100,000,000+ dieting revolutionaries, clog up your large intestine, open your mouth wide for the comforting nose of power to take a long hard sniff, and buy the book. The choice is clear. Heil Atkins...

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        11.03.2010 23:14
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        Highly recommended if you want to learn how to control your weight long and short term

        I first came into contact with this book back in 2001 and since that time my entire view on diet has been transformed.

        The principles of the book are pretty straight forward - cut down on carbohydrates and you will lose weight. This goes contrary to the general belief that the fat you eat is responsible for the fat you carry. The book lays out in compelling arguments how in fact it is the energy foods high in carbs that are the villains in actuality.

        I have tried and tested this reduced carb lifestyle for over 9 years and I don't question its ideas at all anymore as I have proven time and time again that it works. Therefore I feel very confident in recommending it to anyone wishing to gain control over their weight.

        The book and its ideas have been subject to a massive campaign of misinformation and scare-mongering in the media and amongst competing self-help programs. There has been the suggestion that it is extreme, untested and dangerous to follow long term, although nobody can really contest whether it actually works in terms of losing the weight.

        Since 2001 however, I have seen a definite shift in the advice and direction of other diet programs and almost universally they have moved towards the lower carb end of the spectrum.

        Most objectors to the diet seem to labour under the misconception that the diet suggest you cut all carbs out forever. Without going into all the details I can explain here that the book suggests a strict period of around 3 weeks in which you should cut almost all carbs out, but the idea is then to reintroduce a healthy balance of carbohydrate foods back in gradually after this point depending on how much weight you have to lose.

        The strict diet really is meant for people who are seriously and perhaps even dangerously overweight and for anyone else the diet need not be so extreme. Another major benefit from the lower carb diet is that it reduces cholesterol levels.
        I have never been very overweight and so simply follow the rule that I should avoid too many sweet things or foods that are too starchy.

        The book explains how high carb foods are actually addictive and one of the reasons it suggests a period of total restriction is to remove these cravings of starchy foods.

        I say starchy food and these include bread, pasta, rice etc and a lot of people have been trained to think, under the low fat regime, that these foods are better options than meats or dairy products. The book explains that this is not quite the case and that a more protein based diet is desirable.

        One area in which the book seems a little flawed is its notion that fat is an appetite suppressant and this seems to have been disproved by a BBC documentary I saw some time ago which tested the theory and proved that it was in fact protein that pushes back those hunger pangs.

        Despite this minor flaw the book is definitely a must read if you want to learn more about how to take control of your health and weight.

        I recommend you understand its main principles and then fit them into your lifestyle in a manner and degree that suits you best once you understand how it works.

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        02.04.2004 23:58
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        • "No full sugar coca-cola allowed"

        Most people have heard of the Atkins diet, but often not that much about it. I used to be the same, here?s how that?s changed after buying the ?diet revolution? book cheap on ebay. I recommend if anyone is thinking of it, to buy the book, as it has so much information to guide you and make sure you follow the diet healthily. The diet has 4 phases ? INDUCTION There was a 2-week "induction" period that should be thought of more as a detox then the actual Atkins diet itself. This period allows you to eat 20 grams of carbs a day. There is a few days into the diet that you go through a difficult phase, created by the alleged "withdrawal" from carbs, I felt tired for a day or two, but since then I have had massively increased energy and lost the niggling aches & pains that used to annoy me. ONGOING WEIGHT LOSS This is the longest stage of weight loss and the stage that I am in now. You increase your carb levels 5 carbs per day each week, until you get to the point where your weight loss stops, you then drop 5 carbs and continue at this level until you near your target weight PRE-MAINTINANCE This is a fairly short stage at your last few pounds, slowing your weight loss down and preparing your body for maintinance. MAINTINANCE Here you increase carbs until you find the amount you can eat without gaining, this is the level of carbs you will then always be able to eat to maintain your new weight WHAT CAN I EAT? You can eat as much fish, poultry, meat & eggs as your like, you can eat a significant amount of cheese, double cream & mayonnaise. You can also eat plenty of salad & vegetables, fruit and nuts as long as you stay within your allowed carb level. IS IT HEALTHY? WHAT ELSE DOES THE BOOK HAVE? This book has advice, plenty of recipies and a carb counter, it really is the only thing you need to get started. IS IT HEALTHY? The book provides plenty of evidence to cou
        nteract the negative claims made by the competitors and I?ve also found quite a bit of independent research backing this up too, such as the decreases in cholesterol level most people get. The only area that lacks research is the kidneys, but I?m sure someone will change in the near future. SUMMARY From reading the book a went from sceptic to convert, and after reading independant research on line backing it up I've gone from convert to convinced. The best advice I can give anyone is buy a copy of this book, you will probably then feel the same way as me.

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          11.02.2004 23:55
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          • "Not enough scientific evidence as to the long term health effects of the diet"

          Like many others, I have been on just about every diet going - low fat, low carb, fruit fasts, calorie counting, Slimming World, Weight Watchers to name but a few. The one problem I had was hunger control - i found that sometimes the hunger got a hold and instead of eating sensibly I munched my way through the entire contents of the kitchen :o) Let's face it - who hasn't heard of the Atkins diet? It's everywhere you look - people at work are doing it, celebrities are doing and I've even overheard people talking about it in the supermarket. "Just what is this Atkins diet?" I thought. I decided to give it a try for myself and the first thing I did was buy a copy of the infamous book. I would suggest to anyone wanting to try the diet to read the book from cover to cover to get a good idea of how the diet works and what foods to eat - it should be followed to the letter really unless you know a lot about nutrition. Part One - Why Atkins Works This section of the book explains why the Atkins Diet works and should not be skipped. I disagree with some of the principles here. Dr Atkins states that gaining weight results from taking in more calories than one expends - but only when eating a lot of carbohydrates and fats together. He also states that by following a low-carb approach one gets a metabolic advantage - this works because the body switches from carb burning to fat burning in order to produce evergy. Fat, according to Dr Atkins, takes more energy to burn. He is basically saying that calories disappear into thin air - this is not possible and it has been scientifically proven. He does, however, have some important points to make - paticularly regarding sugar and hydrogenated fats and the negative effect they have if eaten to excess. It is true that some people who consume excess sugars and refined carbohydrates will develop Type II diabetes in later life due to over production of insulin. A great dea
          l of insulin is needed to transport these sugars. Ketosis is explained- this is the state that one's body will go into when one restricts carbohydrate intake - when the body converts fat into ketones for energy - any excess will be excreted in one's urine or via the breath (Atkins breath). This is supposed to be the kick start to the diet - however, I know that there is no actual benefit of being in ketosis and this has been proven scientifically. Various experiments were carried out for the Panorama programme shown recently on TV Part Two - How To Do Atkins This section is very important. It explains how to do Atkins starting from the induction phase and ending at the maintenance phase - there are four phases to the diet in total. The foods which can be eaten are listed together with quantities. This section is very clear and well explained - but should be followed to the letter. Part Three - Understanding Health and Wellbeing This section gives advice to those carrying out the diet that are taking various medications and/or have existing medical conditions and what do to in various cases. Exercise is advice is also given, together with advice on nutritional supplements. The exercise advice is great and there are some great little tips there. However, what disturbs me is that the majority of people can get the vitamins and minerals that are essential to die trom a healthy balanced diet. If this diet is so nutritionally sound then why would Atkins dieters need to take additional nutritional supplements? Mmmm - food for thought there. Part Four - Disease Prevention This section goes through diabetes, yeast infections. food intolerances and heart protection. Each mini section in Part Four, although not particularly applicable to me, was informative and some interesting points there, particularly regarding trans-fats. Part Five - Food and Recipes I am glad that Dr Akins
          chose to include some recipes in his book because it is very difficult to buy pre-made low carboydrate foodstuffs in this country. There are some great recipes for soups, sauces and dressings, salads, main courses and desserts. I haven't actually tried any of these recipes personally but I have heard that the pancake recipe is very nice - if you don't mind soya flour! There is also a carb counter provided for easy reference but will require weighing and measuring of foods in order to use. This can be difficult to use, particularly if one is cooking for the whole family. My thoughts of the diet itself I must admit, I did have good results when I tried this diet, however, the initial large weight loss was mostly water loss. It is good for getting rid of any bloating often associated with carbohydrate based diets. It is also great for hunger control. I found that after a couple of days I had no hunger pangs at all - I ate three meals a day and that was enough for me.... and this is probably why the diet was so effective because I really didn't fancy eating that much I automatically cut back on calories. The key to hunger control is protein (not fat) - upp'ing protein curbs hunger, however, I would be concerned about the excess amounts of protein that Atkins advocates. Excess protein leads to calcium loss and in the longer term, osteoporosis. There is not enough scientific evidence on the long term effects of the diet and one should question what really happened to Dr Atkins. he alledgedly died when he fell over on ice and banged his head but others argue that it was this way of eating that led to his death. Who knows for sure? I think the diet is a great quick fix but it would not suit a lot of people long term because it is very restrictive, especially in the earlier phases of the diet. It is also quite expensive as meat is not cheap as we know. I also found that after six months of on and off Atkins dieting, I
          became obsessed about it and considered all carbs to be bad, even fruit and that is not good. I still believe that everything is ok in moderation and that one must create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight whatever diet one is following. I had to try it but I doubt I would do the diet again in the future.

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            31.10.2003 18:41
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            A dieter all my life I think I have tried every diet there is. I exercised regularly and ate only 'healthy' foods and still I never seemed to reach my 'ideal weight'. Although not terribly over weight it always bugged me that no matter how many hours a day I worked out and how little I ate I still appeared to have a big frame and no muscle definition. I decided to ignore all the negative publicity and try 'Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution' a go. That was on August 1st 2003 now, three months later, I weigh approx. 8 stone, I fit very comfortably into a UK size eight, I now have a tiny frame, my skin glows, I look fit and healthy and I feel wonderful. The book is clear and informative and really is a manual for changing your life and your body. The book is divided into 5 sections. Section 1 Why atkins works This really explains the mechanics of the principal. Don?t be tempted to skip over this and dive straight into the diet. It is vital that you read and understand this section. Atkins will not work unless you follow it rigidly and this section is extremely important in understanding how and why atkins works. Section 2 How to do Atkins This is the how to section. Again it is clear and informative and if you follow the induction phase to the letter of the law you will see amazing results within days. Treat your body with respect and follow all the advice given within this section to insure that your health is not put at risk. Section 3 Understanding Health and Well Being Again another important section in the book that gives advice on excise and vitamin supplementation both of which are essential for health and success. Section 4 Disease Prevention This section did not have much relevance for me as I am fit and healthy nonetheless it was readable although I did skim through it but I would imagines that it would be of interest to those with personal experience of the conditions d
            iscussed. Section 5 Food and Recipes This in my opinion is the weakest section of the book. Recipes are geared towards an American palate and some ingredients are not common to our shelves. Having said that the recipe for Oven Fried Turnips is delicious and has become a regular at our table satisfying any urge to eat chips. The Carbohydrate Gram Counter is the worst section of the book. Its inclusion is essential and should be really helpful however the problem is with its format. The purpose of this section is to inform you of the carbohydrate content of food. Unfortunately the content is given per portion making it extremely difficult to compare like with like. I feel that it would have been much simpler to list the carbohydrate content per 100grms thus making it easy for the reader to distinguish at a glance between high and low carb foods. In my opinion it is clear from negative reviews that I have read in the press about the Atkins diet that the dissenters have not read the book or adhered to the rules and advice therein. My results were so obvious that my husband started Atkins only 10 days after me because he was so impressed by the change in my body. He has experience similar results to me. There is only one drawback to following the Atkin's diet as detailed in 'Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution' and that is that you have to spend a lot of money replacing the contents of your wardrobe.

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              I know that people say that the atkins diet works but did you ever stop to think that all the meat that they are saying you have to eat in order to lose weight could actullay effect your heart. I mean too much meat isn't good for you. Too much meat can make your heat be really bad and can effect you in a really bad way. So this atkins diet isn't as good as they say as it effects you more than your weight. Think about it. Too much meat isn't healthy.

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                09.08.2003 18:00
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                Before you ask - yes it does work, no I haven't got kidney trouble and yes, I would highly recommend it. People fall into 2 distinct camps re. Atkins. There are some hardcore opposers who - rightly- state that a diet composed entirely of cream, bacon and eggs will lead to health problems. If you go on this, they pipe, you'll most likely drop down dead whilst rushing to Sainsbury's for that clotted cream and those sausages. The reality for me has been that Atkins enables you to lose weight fast (2 stone in 2 months), with ease, and without feeling deprived in any way.The key, I feel, is to personalise the Atkins plan and to deviate slightly where and when you se fit. I go green at the thought of a fried sausage for breakfast every day, and cream in my cuppa is similarly vile, so I have tried low-carb homemade cereal, breakfast pancakes made with soya flour and diabetic jam, and stick to my full fat milk. Meals have included "pasta" (that soya flour again!!), pizza aubergines, and avocadoes with cheese and pine nuts. Steaks, sausages and burgers actually feature rarely in my diet, as I'm not hugely keen on them anyway. After a while on Atkins you really struggle to manage a "normal" plateful of food and I'm sure that this is oneof the reasons you lose weight. What once would be a decent-sized dinner now seems grim, and I look back in horror at the amount I used to stuff! I don't feel that I am constantly thinking about my next meal, and even snacking is irrelevant now that I no longer feel hungry. With low-fat diets I was always raiding the fridge for something to munch: now a few macadamia nuts keep me going for ages. I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. There are some well-known cons: you do need to drink lots of water (no bad thing anyway!) and it can be hard when you stand in the aisles of Tescos' desperately searching for new things to eat. I haven't really bother
                ed with Atkina' recipes from the books and have instead looked on the Internet for new ideas. There are LOADS of recipes on the Net. The book is necessary, so that you can read about the science of the plan, including the special Induction, but Atkins wasn't hugely hot on yummy meals! All my favourite dishes have been posted on the many Atkins websites, along with tips for low-carb treats (diabetic choc from Boots is exquisite) and even low-carb online shops. These are highly recommended, but not cheap. Health food shops have proved invaluable (carb-free sweeties, soya flour, nuts) too. Eating out is not really a problem, although it may seem hellish to leave out bread, pasta, potatoes and rice! After a while it becomes second nature, and I have eaten some fantastic restaurant meals whilst on Atkins. You just need to be sensible about your choices. I have done the diet alonside my partner, and this has helped imensely, but I know of others who have managed it whilst cooking "normal" food for their families. Everyone I know of who has done it has lost weight. In short: buy the book, read up on how it works, but be creative with your choices!

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                  Weight Watchers, Hay, cabbage Soup, starvation, fingers down throat. All ways of losing the love handles yet none have worked for me. So Mr Atkin's optimisticallt titled 'Diet Revolution' seemed like the obvious choice - who needs a healthy diet and exercise when you can enjoy 24-7 fry ups? The Atkins diet means very VERY little carbs and lots LOTS of fat. Cream, cheese, eggs, meat, meat and more meat, plus fish and limited vegetables, became the dishses of the day in our ordinarily pasta, potato and bread-fuelles household. For two weeks we looked forward to pudding (sugar free jelly). In fact, by the beginning of week two I was dreaming of jelly! Unlike my partner, I didnt experience bad breath, constipation or lethargy... at least, I dont think I had bad breath. Our appetites reduced dramatically after the first couple of days as did our waistbands and by the end of two weeks we had both lost one stone. For a short term 'kick up the bum' Atkins was for us a great way to start a healthier eating plan. Having eaten healthily for the last week I was pleased to find that I have not put any weight on, now comes the hard part - taking more off without the aide of mr Atkins or his guilt free fried chicken, roast pork, slurp, cheese bakes, mm, bacona nd fried egg with mushroom, dribble etc....

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                    The first thing I'm going to say is, yes I have lost weight following the Atkins Diet - it does work. However I found the book a little difficult to follow. It is good at explaining how the body works, and how it burns food. If you are looking to learn about low-carb diets and how they work it is a good book. If you are looking to see how to do the diet long-term and live low-carb you will get there but will have to read it over a few times. If you are not aware of the claims of low-carb diets, it is to "turn your body into a fat burning machine"! In the celebrity world carbs are the new fat - as little as possible to pass through your lips. Is it true that fat is now good and low-calorie is bad - Dr. Atkins is very good at explaining why he, and so many celebrities (Robbie Williams, the cast of Friends, Geri Halliwell, Al Gore, et al) believe this is so. The science behind it is that carbohydrates are the food group that give you energy but that which is not stored as energy is stored as body fat. The body stores the fat so thatit can burn it off when you need more energy but the fat deposits are also in case the body needs to burn it in times of famine. By reducing your carbohydrate intake, you reduce the "left-overs" to be stored as fat. Reduce your carbs enough and your body begins to burn its own fat stores for energy. Ok so now you've got to grips with the science, how can you put a low-carb diet in to action safely and without causing any risk to your body? This I can't easily explain; it is there in the book but I found I had to read it over and over to make sure I unsderstood it properly. Personally I found this a bit complicated and wish it had been put in more simpler terms, and worded differently to make it easier to understand. The diet itself has had many negative reviews saying that although the diet does work it is bad for the body. But the book is not saying that all carbs should be cut
                    out, they are just limited. The book does also explain that there are good carbs and bad carbs, if you feel you have to cheat it is better to do so with a good carb ie. a piece of fruit, than a bad carb or food overly loaded with carbs. By reducing the amount of carb intake, your body effectively goes into a state of shock called Ketosis, which means you are not consuming enough carbohydrates to provide you with energy so your body burns your own fat for energy. The book also goes on to explain how to increase your carb intake slowly and how to calculate the maximum daily intake of carbs where you won't put on any weight - this is the bit that takes reading over a few times. Laden with success stories and how good this diet regime is for you, plus the fact that food previously out of bounds probably is now part of your low-carb staple diet the attraction of the diet and purchasing this book is great. It is a good book to have, but once you have got into it, and you remember roughly which foods have high and low carbs, it will be collecting dust on your shelf - as will the diet when you have lost your weight, only to perhaps return to the 2 week induction when you feel you've put on a few pounds. There's only so much reading of the book and carb-free food a person can take!

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                      • "Geri Haliwel!!!"

                      Please dont fall for the hype that surrounds this diet. O.k so you may lose some of the weight that you need to, but you cant use this diet for life (it has been proven that it will cause long term damage to your heart and digestive system) Losing weight isnt easy, it can take time, comitment and energy. I was 4 stone over weight and a friend told me about the Atkins diet. I believed that i had been eating the wrong types of food all my life (well maybe the pies and cakes were wrong but hay lets not nit pick here) and carbs were my biggest friend. (as i loved pasta and it filled me up) So the Atkins way put me in the right direction...... or so i thought. I started to find out a bit more about it and what i learned scared the kack out of me. Please spend some time and resurch this dangerous diet (how can a diet that says eating fuit and veg be bad for you, do you any good?) If you need to lose weight, as you should know by now, takes a combination of eating low sugar, low saturated fat, fill your self with fruit and veg and get plenty of exercise.

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                        At first, Atkins may seem like a total con artist. He isn't. He is just pointing out a few home truths. But please don't think that I've bought into the mystical web of lies. (Having said that, I'm about to tangle you up with me, I hope!) We all know that when humans came to be however many years ago (I'm afraid I can't remember details I was taught more than five years ago!), we didn't have things like sugar, flour, pasta and other foods that raise the blood sugar level and, in turn, the insulin levels. We were lean and fit - we were predators, carnivores: we lived off protein. Alas, no more. I am currently in America, and I have seen some seriously large people. The American diet seems to entirely consist of carbohydrate-ridden foods; people here graze and do not eat proper meals. They do have meals, but don't really eat anything, assuming they can eat later when they're hungry. This is wrong. If I sound blasphemous, I'm sorry, but Atkins is right. His theory is based on people NOW who have an addiction to carbohydrates. (Having tried and tested and had great results from his 'experiment', I was one of those carb addicts. I even refer to carbohydrates as carbs, as ex-smokers do to 'fags'.) Carbohydrates, also referred to by Atkins as 'sugar', raise the blood sugar level. This is clearly undesirable, as will therefore raise insulin levels (intrinsically this is an evil thing). Raised insulin levels mean that excess 'food' will become fat, and fat, as we all know, is stored. But do not despair!! Fat is also an energy source - it's just that since carbs are also a source of energy, they tend to get used up first, leaving the fat to be...well...stored. Which is quite obviously not a good thing. We want to destroy the fat - annihilate it from our systems. So stop eating the carbs and give the fat stores a chance to mobilise and le
                        ave - kick those annoying squatters out! That's all our fat stores really are - squatters. They don't belong to us, they're merely staying for a while until someone gets seriously irritated and tells them to leave. I have followed this diet for almost a year now, and have lost so much weight it's unreal. I had been at university for a while and totally lost track of what I was eating, how much and how badly. For me, this book helped so much (and you can probably tell by my forcefulness!), but I do see that it might not be for everyone. I enjoy meat and was very happy to give up veggies for the first month or so. I had been the bread/pizza/pasta queen for many, many years, but I promise you one thing; I do not miss them AT ALL. You can still indulge after you've lost your initial weight - you learn to 'cheat the system' without cheating yourself (well, too much!) I am a much better cook and know so much more about nutrition. I have energy and don't suffer from silly, unnecessary ailments like daily headaches, lethargy, colds and coughs. I had to go to bed early on a regular basis because of bad headaches and feeling tired, regardless of the fact I'd been awake for about 12 hours and it was only 7pm. A depressing state of affairs for a student! This book is highly informative, even if you don't take it seriously. If you are interested in losing weight, it is worth trying even if only for a fortnight. If you suffer from other health issues, it is also a fascinating read - as I said, it completely fixed my petty irritations (and also, for women, it's fantastic for those PMT issues!) and mood swings. Hopefully some people will find this interesting and useful, even if I am a little one-sided about the whole thing! I admit to being sceptical originally, but I was so determined to feel better about myself that I persevered, and saw and felt results within a week. I was absolutel
                        y thrilled and have regained confidence levels I'd forgotten ever having felt. This doesn't have to be long-term, but once you've started the system, you won't want to go back. To quote Atkins, you can 'eat like a king ' (or queen, I guess!) - rich, fatty foods that you would have run a mile from while trying to lose weight or gain a healthier lifestyle. In all, this book is informative, educational (nutrition-wise if you won't believe anything else), and very, very helpful to those who are willing to be open-minded. This isn't a fad - low carb dieting has been around for decades, and people are only just realising that there really is scientific evidence behind the myths.

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                          22.05.2002 21:40
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                          I have read all the very useful opinions on here and studied Jennifer Aniston's tear-wrenchingly perfect figure and decided I was going to do this diet!! I read the book very thoroughly - although he really does go on (and on) at some points, and prepared myself for the Two Week Induction. This stimulates a very quick weight loss because basically you cut out all carbs and sugar - which are the bodies primary fuel source. So this means you can have scrambled egg, steak, burgers etc. Which contain no carbs or sugar - so the body has to draw from other sources of fuel a.k.a. the fat on our bodies!! But as easy as I thought this could be - I really struggled. I missed my Rice Krispies and my afternoon chocolate munches. And I was hoping that the cellulite would miraculously melt away. Nope. I lasted TWO SODDING DAYS. Pathetic. I felt bad banning fruit and wholesome grains and trying to encourage myself to gorge on cream and butter didn't seem right. I'm not saying don't try it - everything is worth a go!! I'm now going to try Matt Robert's Six Week Beach Body (I always leave it to the last minute!!). It sounds healthier and I feel perkier already. I'll let you know how I get on! Thanks for reading!!

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                            14.05.2002 17:26
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                            • "Is a bit like a textbook"

                            I have been carrying about 2st in extra weight for years now. I ate a low fat diet and attended the gym regularly but still I carried the weight. I heard about the Atkins Diet over a year ago and was very sceptical, it seemed like yet another fad aswell as going against everything I understood about fat being bad for you. After hearing good reports and getting fed up with the lack of change in weight I decided to try the book. Dr Atkins explains things clearly, I did not feel I was being bamboozled by complicated jargon. Furthermore I feel he was telling the truth as he points out advantages and possible disadvantages to his 'nutritional approach. Understanding how this type of eating plan works, how it affects your body was one of the key reasons I decided to give it a try. The first two weeks are a bit boring and a little awkward but it does pay off. The book contains encouragement and does not make any false promises. If I had to criticise the book I would say it is a bit too much text and not a lot of pictures/diagrams. This sounds petty but when you open the book the first time it does feel more like a textbook! As a vegetarian I was not sure I could follow an eating plan that requires a high meat content, however I ate plenty of fish and tofu and found it easy. The book does not really encourage veggies to try the eating methods, however I would suggest that if you are willing to plan a little and eat fish then it is possible to follow the eating plan well.

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                              07.02.2002 18:59
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                              The Atkins Diet or the new world religion as it seems to be. Is it worth it and does it work? This is a early review of the diet (I've been on it 3.5 days) and I shall update you when I've finished the two week introduction phase. As you are bound to already know, the diet virtually eliminates carbohydrates from your diet, claiming that without these your body will turn to burning fat instead. By training your body to limit the amount of carbohydates it needs in the future you will of course continue to burn fat and eventually learn to be satidfied with your new diet. There are certain foods that you seem to be able to force down yourself until you're sick. A refreshing change from the usual dieting business, or so you may think. The truth of the matter is no matter how tempting it seems to eat as many rashers of bacon as you want in one go, it's ceratinaly not as appealing or satisfying as eating as many apple and cinnimon pancakes as you can. As I've mentioned, I've only been on the diet for a few days and, admittedly, this is my first diet so I'm not as used to the feelings that go with them as many hardened dieters may be, but I'M STARVING!!!! The book clearly states that you will never go hungry on this diet. I may sue. However, I will tough it out for the two weeks and see what happens. I only need to lose about 10 pounds so it shouldn't be that long a process. Should it?? God I hope not. I seriously cannot envisage a time when I will not be hungry on the diet. I'm sure it works, the weight of public opinion certainly suggests it does, but as I may have mentioned before, I'M STARVING. I hope my body gets used to it soon. Apparently it's normal to feel this way for the first 4 or 5 days, so I should be through the worst of it. OK, I'm off to by a bottle of water. Got to fill myself up somehow. Do you think a MacDonalds burger will be allowed i
                              f I through away the bun??? Until the update.... So, the diet is now confined to history. Was it worth it. Well I lost half a stone in 12 days, so I suppose so. I should, of course, have been on it for 14 days, but I went to Stockholm for a holiday on the 13th day and there was no way I'm not eating when i'm on hoilday!! (See my review on Stockholm). I have to say, that even though I lost the weight I wouldn't do it again. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do (I feel really sorry for those people constantly on diets). Even though the book stated that I would never be hungry on the diet, I was, but only for the first week. Once I'd got over that it became easier. However, once the hunger was gone, the boredom set in. By the second week you really do not feel like eating any of the food you're allowed. Perhaps that's why it works so well. There were times when I'd rather eat nothing than eat another egg or another sausage. Ant that, I believe, is where this diet fails. There is not much variety to the food you are allowed. Do not believe them when they say there is. It's a lie. You may well be allowed a lovely roast lamb for Sunday lunch, but without carrots, parsnips, gravy or potatoes, it's not the same. Having said that, I did lose weight, and I suppose that's the aim of a diet. I'll now watch what eat and hopefully I'll be able to keep myself at my ideal weight. Although I'm going to America in five weeks. Oh my god, "The International House of Pancakes" Two weeks of starvation down the drain. Those damn Americans!!

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                              Designed to catapult your body into a state of fat meltdown, Dr Atkins' New Diet Revolution (and the accompanying Dr Atkin's Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook) has taken America by storm. It targets insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. The bodies of most overeaters are continually in a state of hyperinsulinism; their bodies are so adept at releasing insulin to help convert excess carbohydrates to fat that there's always too much of the hormone circulating through the body. This puts the body into a bind; it always wants to store fat. Even when people with hyperinsulinism try to lose weight--especially when they cut fat but increase carbohydrate consumption--their efforts will fail. This is why Dr Atkins refers to insulin as the fat-producing hormone.