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“A dieter all my life I think I have tried every diet...”

Written on: 31/10/2003 by sabinab (3 reviews written)

Good Points
Life and body changing.
Informative interesting and practical.

Bad Points
The gram counter could have been set out better and recipes could be aimed at the European palate.

General Comments
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 discussed.

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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