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I'm not one to gush on and on about books, but after reading Still Missing I have to add my two cents. I came across this because I am a Lisa Gardner fan and she reviewed the book. I had a sample sent to my Kindle and was hooked by the first sentence. All the other reviewers here have gone on with the plot, etc. I'm just adding that this is a book you don't want to miss. I couldn't put it down and will reread this again, and again. It's that good. Don't put this aside. You won't be sorry.
Robert Coleman Atkins (1930-2003; he died as a result of head trauma from a fall on ice---although he DID have cardiac arrest in 2002) was an American physician and cardiologist. A line of products bearing his name is available, although the company filed for bankruptcy in 2005, and was bought and continued by another company. He revised this 1972 book as Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution.
He begins by saying, "I've treated ten thousand patients for overweight... They have all lost weight without counting calories, without diet pills, and most without feeling a pang of hunger... this diet ISN'T 'balanced.' It is deliberately UNBALANCED. The reason---to counteract the metabolic imbalance that causes people to get fat in the first place... In this diet we first cut out carbohydrates ALTOGETHER, then keep them cut way down permanently... This is a no-hunger diet... I don't believe that losing weight is a simple matter of counting calories and of just operating the body on a calorie deficit." (Pg. 2-3)
He contends, "We're the victim of 'carbohydrate poisoning.'... What causes that? Mainly, sugar... virtually a sugar addiction... The no-hunger RX for overweight: cut carbohydrates, not calories... Removing carbohydrates from the diet is the most permanently effective treatment for overweight... because when you take away carbohydrates you take away hunger." (Pg. 5-6)
He argues, "Unlearn what you've heard about ketones first. When a person is putting out ketones in the breath or urine he is said to be 'in ketosis.' Now for a carbohydrate-intolerant Mr. Fat to be in ketosis deliberately is a signal for rejoicing. It is a sign that unwanted fat is being burned up as fuel." (Pg. 12) He admits that "with ketosis you have bad breath." (Pg. 274)
More controversially, he states, "You can eat without limit solid 'fattening' food. On this diet you're allowed to eat truly luxurious foods without limit---for example, lobster with butter sauce, steak with Bearnaise sauce, and... rich-tasting cheeseburgers, or even better, BACON cheeseburgers... As long as you don't take in carbohydrates, you can eat any amount of this 'fattening' food and it won't put a single ounce of fat on you." (Pg. 15) He later adds, "just 'eating less' and calorie counting is a trap. It keeps you fat... I'm not the first doctor to dispute the calorie theory by any means." (Pg. 83)