In case you didn’t notice, Atkins Nutritionals came out with an update to the Atkins plan. I think the book came out March 2, 2010, so it’s literally hot off the presses. If you would like to read a real review (not my ramblings here), click on the book above. When I checked it out, Jimmy Moore had posted a long review of the book. It was the only one.
I’m sure it won’t stay like that for long – and the Atkins detractors will soon flood the reviews with 1-star ratings, probably without reading the book.
I picked up the book and have only read the beginning, but it seems to be a big overhaul of the Atkins diet that appears to try and answer just about every criticism of past Atkins plans, and lob bombs at some of their most strident enemies.
For example: the book discusses doing Atkins as a vegan, for goodness’ sake. That should tick off the radical vegans, as one of their favorite targets has made peace with them and extended a hand of friendship. After all that hate, it might be hard for them to reciprocate.
I can imagine that a number of Atkinistas will be horrified as well – many folks in the Atkins community thought the update to the 1972 version of Atkins was heresy. It allowed artificial sweeteners, which some believed was done to allow Atkins nutritionals to sell their Atkins junk food. You’ll find the same thing in this new book as well.
But let’s face it: if you’ve been eating high carb candy, cake, pasta and cookies all your life, Atkins junk food is a great crutch to help you break free of a lifetime of bad eating. It would be great if we all had the willpower to quit high carb goodies cold-turkey, but it’s unrealistic – and if a sweet, gooey Atkins bar displaces a jelly donut, then it has served it’s purpose.
Enough from me. The takeaway of this post is: there’s a new Atkins book, and it’s more than a rehash – it’s an overhaul. It might be worth it to go to your local bookstore, pick up a copy, grab a coffee (yes, the book now says that coffee is permitted on Atkins as it has a mild weight loss effect) and page through the thing. You might find it worth buying.