Monday, February 17, 2014

The New Atkins Made Easy by Collette Heimowitz


The New Atkins Made Easy: The New Atkins Made Easy: A Faster, Simpler Way to Shed Weight and Feel Great -- Starting Today! by Collette Heimowitz is the latest in the still growing library of books that explain the Atkins diet.  I haven’t read them all nor do I think anyone really needs to.  If you already know the research and the rationale behind the Atkins diet, you don’t have to worry about spending too much time revisiting familiar territory.  Most of the technical content is saved for the end of the book. 

While the Atkins content itself may not be new, the easy part is definitely something different.  The specifics of when and how to transition between phases is more clear and each chapter ends with a personal story from someone who has successfully used Atkins to lose weight.  Some of the people have even fallen off the Atkins wagon but recommit watching carb calories to lose the weight again.  Men and woman, younger and older people all share their stories and each also shares a simple tip that helped them reach success. 

There are also new recipes and the usual (for diet books anyway) menu plans so you don’t have to think too much.  They even include a shopping list, which you can find on the atkins.com website.  There were a few recipes my husband and I are going to try, including desserts.  This is not necessarily new as each Atkins book I’ve seen includes recipes and such but now there are foods that are more easily available than before.  Coconut flour and flax seed were hard to find when Atkins first published in 1972.  There are some other changes.  And not too long ago, hardly anyone had heard of kale chips but this book includes a recipe for making your own. 

While before unlimited amounts of certain cheeses were allowed, now there are limits.  Nor is Atkins a high-fat diet.  Lean proteins are encouraged and most of the daily carbohydrates, even in the earliest stage, come from green vegetables like broccoli, kale, and spinach, alongside such other choices as cauliflower.   Over all, this book is far more reader-friendly and accessible than Dr Atkins’ New Diet Revolution.  For those who like ease, there are more Atkins pre-packaged foods as well.  These are clearly labeled by stage so you know which are permissible and can wait until later.  As for me and my husband, we love cooking from scratch so incorporating some of the new recipes into our menu will be a joy.  Definitely a book I recommend to anyone considering a low-carb diet.

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