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Atkins for Life


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Robert C. Atkins, M.D., was the founder and medical chair of The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City. More than 16 million copies of his bestselling books are in print and he is the author of "Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution" and "Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution," as well as many other highly successful health books. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Atkins received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School.


Atkins, cardiologist and founder of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in New York City, has advocated his high protein/low carb diet regimen for some 30 years (Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution was published in 1972, and Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution in 1992). While fans of the butter-eggs-steak diet have long supported the Atkins program as a way of life, until this past year, the medical community has not warmly endorsed the plan. However, recent students show that the Atkins plan has enabled dieters to both lose and maintain their weight loss as well as reduce their cholesterol levels. This book, which can be used by people familiar with the Atkins plan as well as those who have not followed it, offers detailed questionnaires designed to help readers understand the preferred food choices. Particularly helpful are the charts of "eat regularly," "eat in moderation" and "eat sparingly." Some of the inclusions may surprise readers but Atkins offers explanations of which foods fall into the "higher carb" categories (potatoes, bananas, rice cakes) and therefore must be limited. First-person success stories are sprinkled throughout the book. The second half of the book includes a month's worth of meal plans, holiday menus, and 125 recipes for a variety of foods, including jerk shrimp, potato salad, brown rice pilaf, zucchini latkes, rhubarb applesauce and chocolate souffle. While this diet won't work for everyone, especially vegetarians, this guide is a comprehensive overview for dieters who are ready to embrace the Atkins philosophy. (Mar.) Forecast: With national print and broadcast advertising along with a TV/radio satellite tour, this book is sure to hit bestseller lists and re-ignite discussion over the continued increase in the number of overweight Americans and the safety and effectiveness of different diets. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

"In a head-to-head comparison...the Atkins diet trimmed significantly more pounds and body fat in obese but otherwise healthy women than a traditional low-fat diet, according to a report released last week at the annual meeting of the American Dietetics Association."--"Washington Post" "Obesity experts are now finding it hard to ignore...his diet does just what he has claimed."--"The New York Times Magazine" "Well-organized book...packed with recipes and daily menus with varying amounts of carbohydrates." --"USA Today" "This guide is a comprehensive overview for dieters who are ready to embrace the Atkins philosophy."--"Publishers Weekly" "Should knock all other diet books off the charts."--"Newark Star-Ledger"

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