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The New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight Fast and Feeling Great Forever is a healthier, updated, and simplified version of the popular Atkins Diet. Mayo Clinic describes the Atkins Diet as “a popular low-carbohydrate eating plan created in 1972 by cardiologist Robert C. Atkins. The Atkins Diet restricts carbs (carbohydrates) while emphasizing protein and fats.”

Doctor Eric Westman created this updated take on the Atkins Diet in 2010. This version of the diet continues to adhere to the low-carb principles of the original. However, while the first version of the diet failed on the maintenance front, the new one provides you with tools and resources to help turn this short-term diet into a long-term lifestyle. The New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight Fast and Feeling Great Forever includes results from more than 50 research studies, a ton of all-new recipes, inspiring success stories, and 24 weeks of detailed meal plans.

Colette Heimowitz created a companion book to New Atkins For a New You in 2013. This easy-to-read workbook provides tools that dieters can use to conquer unhealthy eating habits and achieve significant weight loss. You can purchase both books on Amazon for $24.99.


This updated weight-loss plan adds more variety, simplicity, and leniency to the strict low-carb, high-protein principles of the original diet. New Atkins for a New You features a variety of tips for keeping up with your diet while on-the-go. Therefore, whether you’re at home or on vacation, you can still manage to stay healthy.

A typical New Atkins menu consists of greens, seafood, eggs, butter, bacon, cream, meat, cheese, olives, olive oil, and non-starchy vegetables. Just like with the original, the updated version asks you to avoid dried fruit, added sugar, refined carbs, juices, grains, and most snacks or sweets.

These diet restrictions stay the same throughout this diet’s four parts: Induction, Ongoing Weight Loss, Pre-maintenance, and Lifetime Maintenance. Many people, unused to such low amounts of carbs, struggle with the induction phase. While on this diet, daily carb allowances vary from 20 to 70 grams throughout the four phases. If you’re one of these people, try limiting yourself on net carbs, not just carbs in general. You can calculate this by subtracting the amount of fiber in a food from the amount of carbohydrates.

Here’s a sample meal plan from the induction phase:

  • Breakfast: Two pieces of turkey sausage and two scrambled eggs.
  • Lunch: Lean sirloin or lean deli beef atop a salad of mixed greens and olive oil.
  • Dinner: Salmon with a green salad and asparagus spears.
  • Snacks: Avocadoes, string cheese, almonds, lean meats, and hard boiled eggs.

The book suggests women eat between 1,500 and 1,800 calories per day. Men, on the other hand, are allowed between 1800 and 2200 calories. To take full advantage of this diet, you’ll need to drink plenty of water. Dehydration makes a key component of this diet, protein, much harder to digest.


The New Atkins diet recommends avoiding exercise during the initial stages of this diet. As new dieters often feel fatigued, high amounts of activity can actually be detrimental to your health. Once your body adapts to the diet, however, feel free to ramp up your activity.


It’s difficult to find reviews focused on the new version of the diet. But, we included some of the ones we found below:

  • ”I have been doing this diet for 5 days and have already lost 11 pounds.”
  • ”I love this easy to read book that is filled with wonderful information for someone just starting out on Atkins. I used this book with great success, and thanks to it, within one month I had lost over 21 lbs.”
  • ”Absolute rubbish. This is the NEW Atkins. Someone forgot to tell the author that canola oil and soy products have been found to be very unhealthy.”
  • ”Complicated. Hard to follow and to implement.”


  • Low-carb diets are a proven way to shed water weight.
  • This new version focuses on healthy, wholesome foods.
  • Supported by more than 50 research studies.
  • Lifestyle and maintenance advice fill gaps in the original diet.
  • Written and edited by medical professionals.
  • Less strict than the original Atkins Diet.
  • Places an emphasis on maintenance and long-term health.
  • Reduces hunger and cravings.
  • Vegetarian and vegan eaters can adjust the program to fit their needs.
  • US News named this diet one of the best commercial diets in 2011.


  • Still too restrictive for the average dieter.
  • The Atkins Diet has a reputation for being a short-term fad.
  • Does not include a comprehensive fitness component.
  • The induction phase is known to produce side effects


The New Atkins for a New You intends to bolster the tarnished image of the original Atkins Diet. It does this by adding tools and resources directed at lifelong weight management. By including more recipes, and more lenient dietary limits, this book hopes to draw in those who struggled with the strict low-carb, high-protein format of Atkins Diet.

However, for many, these changes just aren’t enough. Most people will still end up pining for a crusty baguette or spoonful of cereal. So, if you find it hard to resist temptation, you’re better off finding a more flexible diet.

The New Atkins for a New You focuses not just on trying to brighten the image of the tarnished original Atkins Diet plan, but more importantly, it tries to help those who want to lose weight to successfully lose it by following a low-carb and healthy eating plan that supports lifelong weight management. DIETSiTRIED believes, if you’re willing to stick with it, the New Atkins Diet is a safe, effective way to lose weight.

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