The Atkins Essentials: A Two-Week Program to Jump-Start Your Low Carb Lifestyle

Version: Abridged
Author: Robert C. Atkins
Narrator: Eric Conger
Genres: Diet & Nutrition
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: January 2008
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Atkins Made Easier!

Millions of people around the world have already discovered the Atkins Nutritional Approach(TM) and the remarkable benefits of controlling carbohydrates. Now it's even easier to join the revolution, lose weight, and get healthy the proven Atkins way!

Providing clear, concise answers to your questions and concerns, "The Atkins Essentials" is ideal for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle. For those new to Atkins, it is a quick and effective way to get started -- and for those already on the program, it offers indispensable tips on eating out, stocking your pantry, and more. Recipe cards are included.

Simply put, it is Atkins made easy, with: The ABCs of doing Atkins An effective two-week launch into weight-losing mode Personal modifications to slow or speed weight loss Helpful listings of acceptable and unacceptable foods

and much more!

Reviews (2)

A little salesy but definitely worthwhile.

Written by Anonymous on July 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I had heard of the Atkins Diet but did not want to delve into some big book with a lot of details until I understood the basics of the program. This audio book presents the basic ideas of the diet. I am now sold on Atkins. Excellent! The book was a little salesy. The website was mentioned several times and a lot of discussion was used to convince the listener that Atkins is not a Crock...leading me to wonder a little is it? All in all it was a good book and I would highly recommend it to others.

Atkins Essentials: A Two-Week Program to Jump-start Your Low Carb Lifestyle

Written by Andy on February 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow, this book really helped me get back on track. I have been doing Atkins for two years and slid down a very bad slope of habits. This reminded me of all the reason I started and gave me just enough information to start again. This is a great "cliff note" to the longer read. It doesn't have all the boring research info and just gives you the detail on how to get started. Simple, straight forward, and a quick listen. I listened to it several times to get some info to sink in and just a few weeks have gone down in size and weight. I am convinced this is the way to go for me.

Author Details

Author Details

Atkins, Robert C.

"Robert C. Atkins (October 17, 1930 ? April 17, 2003) was an American doctor and cardiologist, best known for the Atkins Nutritional Approach, a popular but controversial way of dieting that entails eating low-carbohydrate, high-fat and high-protein foods. As many of the alleged negative side effects are linked to a high protein intake it is worth noting that Atkins is not actually a high-protein diet. Most Atkins dieters actually aim for an intake where fats are the main source of energy and protein provides less than forty percent of the daily calories. In addition, the low carbohydrate intake suppresses hunger, which normally results in a lower total food intake in the longer term.

Atkins graduated from the University of Michigan in 1951 and received a medical degree from Cornell Medical College in 1955, after which he specialized in cardiology. Atkins also advocated the use of vitamins and herbal remedies in place of, or before, pharmaceutical drugs and surgery for healing certain ailments including but not limited to acne, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, and depression.

On April 18, 2002, Atkins suffered cardiac arrest, which he and his doctor said was due to cardiomyopathy, a heart condition not related to diet.

Nearly a year later, on April 8, 2003, Atkins slipped on ice and fell in front of his medical office in New York City and sustained major head injuries that put him in a coma. He never recovered from his injuries and died on April 17. Interestingly, Atkins' medical records stated he was clinically obese at the time of his death, weighing approximately 260 lb (118 kg). However, this was likely due to fluid retention following the failure of his major organs after his fall. Medical records obtained by USA Today show his weight to be 195 lb (88 kg) upon admission to the hospital following his fall on April 8, 2003. Critics of the Atkins diet argue that although this is a valid explanation, his rate of fluid retention was higher than normal.

Jody Gorran, 53, of Delray Beach, Florida, filed a lawsuit against Atkins' estate and his company in May 2004. He claimed that he had followed the Atkins diet for two years, resulting in a needed medical procedure to open his cholesterol-clogged arteries.

Many doctors do not recommend the Atkins Diet. Studies have shown that the doctor-recommended normal food-pyramid way of eating (lots of carbs) is the most healthy over a span of thirty years. The studies that have tested Atkins have only gone for three years."