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Dr. Atkins' age-defying diet revolution
Atkins, Robert C.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
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xiv, 335 pages ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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The diet doctor turns his eye to the aging process, offering readers diet advice on preventing cardiovascular disease, reducing the risk of cancer, avoiding the onset of diabetes, and preserving brain function.

Author Notes

Robert C. Atkins was a world renowned doctor who has helped people lose weight through his own formula of eating certain types of food and exercising. He was the director of the Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine and hosted "Health Revelations" on the syndicated radio show " Design for Living."

Atkins wrote approximately 40 books, each one describing a form or revelation of the diet he created, such as "Dr. Atkin's New Diet Revolution," his first book and followed by others such as "Dr. Atkins' Superenergy Diet" or Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet." Atkins also had a nationally circulated newsletter and an infomercial.

Robert C. Atkins died on April 17, 2003 from head injuries sustained during an accidental fall while on his way to work. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

With boomers rapidly marching into their fifties, Atkins is waiting, offering hints on how to fake out Father Time. Readers who have joined Atkins' previous revolutions will find much that's familiar, but the focus here is "holding back aging" by preventing "diseases of westernization," particularly heart disease and diabetes. Atkins argues that "the key to aging" is hyperinsulinism and that carbohydrates, both simple and complex, contribute to this condition. In addition, he discusses the (now familiar) idea that free radicals damage the body and must be countered by antioxidants via diet or supplementation. He explains antioxidant enzymes, carotenoids, and bioflavonoids and the difference between good and "really bad" fats, urging readers to "Build Your Immunity," "Detoxify Your Body," and (inevitably) "Exercise!" Based on past performance, Atkins' traditional complementary medicine approach to the terrors of growing old should have wide appeal. Hardly an easy read but, with lists and charts that readers can copy and take to the health-food store (guggulipid? boswellia?), Atkins' latest will circulate. --Mary Carroll

Publisher's Weekly Review

The author of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution argues here that the use of supplements and a change in diet can eliminate many health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke. Most diets focus on reducing the consumption of fat rather than cutting back on sugar; according to Atkins, people should reconsider their intake of both. Along with an explanation of how the body processes chemicals, Atkins examines the negative impact of carbohydrates, explaining that their refining "is in reality the greatest unacknowledged cause of death in world history." He discusses the equally damaging impact of free radicals and offers advice on which supplements everyone should be taking, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E and lipoic acid, among others. The actual diet portion of the book is only about 70 pages and does not include a meal-by-meal plan or caloric charts, omissions serious dieters will notice. Instead, Atkins continues to promote the two key principles--everyone, regardless of their weight, must reduce the amount of carbohydrates they consume, and everyone should also eat a variety of antioxidants, primarily from vegetables, fruits and supplements. Atkins's philosophy on taking supplements and eating a range of foods is sound, though other physicians may well question the doses he recommends. Author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

His first book since the best-selling New Diet Revolution. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Part I An Introduction to Defying Aging
1 Defiance and Dietary Know-How: The Keys to Holding Back Agingp. 1
Part II Why We Age
2 The Diseases of Westernizationp. 13
3 Aging, Carbohydrates, and Your Heartp. 19
4 Diabetic Heart Disease--Avoid It and Add Twelve Yearsp. 40
5 Insulin: The Key to Agingp. 47
6 Free Radicals: The Heart of the Matterp. 60
7 Caloric Restriction--and Why You Shouldn't Do Itp. 71
Part III Age-Defying Nutrients
8 Antioxidants Are "Vital" Nutrientsp. 79
9 The Antioxidant Enzymesp. 92
10 Why You Need Carotenoidsp. 102
11 The Benefits of Bioflavonoidsp. 115
Part IV Techniques to Defy Aging
12 Reverse Declining Hormone Levelsp. 131
13 Hormones That Turn Back the Clockp. 146
14 Good Fats and Really Bad Fatsp. 170
15 Build Your Immunityp. 188
16 Detoxify Your Bodyp. 203
17 Exercise!p. 220
18 Boost Your Brain Powerp. 231
Part V Living the Age-Defying Diet
19 Creating Your Age-Defying Dietp. 249
20 The Basic Age-Defying Programp. 261
21 Living the Age-Defying Wayp. 274
22 Your Age-Defying Vitanutrient Planp. 291
23 Putting It All Togetherp. 306
Appendix The Glycemic Index of Common Foodsp. 311
Endnotesp. 313
Indexp. 329