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I lost 70 pounds in 6 months on the Atkins, 18 months ago. I have kept this weight off and feel great. I know the diet inside and out, but have had problems leaving it behind. I have also developed sugar cravings. I think Perricone may be the sensible way forward, and having got the audio book 2 days ago, I have listened twice and made notes on the "super star" foods and supplements. The basis for the diet is low carb, or low glycemic, but there is more balance to this diet and Perricone encourages a completely balanced diet for every meal. The analysis of food and supplements is very current and in great detail, there is a blue print for you to follow, and the food choices and combinations are excellent. Being at my target weight, I do not need to lose weight but to maintain my current weight. I think this diet will be excellent for this, and move me away from saturated fats and re-introduce fruits, which are realistically not part of Atkins. For those needing to lose weight I think this is a realistic approach, that will easily fit into your lifestyle. It is not extreme in nature, like the 2 week "induction" phase of Atkins, but I imagine weight loss will be slower. However the principles are much the same, no sugar, pasta, bread, fries, cookies etc. Perricone preaches a natural approach and I think that in the long term, will realise excellent weight loss and health benefits. I am now on the diet and can report that I feel good and have enjoyed some foods that I have not been able to eat under the Atkins maintainence phase. On the downside, I think that the 14-day approach talked of in the recording is "fad-diet" in style and does not give the listener confidence that this is a lifetime based approach to healthy living. I think this is the main strength of the Perricone approach and should be stressed rather than a 14-day "10 pound" loss type gimic. All in all, as a diet "expert" I regard this as a very valuable work and well worth the money!
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This book is great, and I highly recommend it. Not only do you clearly get the foods that are good for weight loss, you get the science behind each food, so you understand why they're good for you. Alternatively, you get a thorough understanding of why the bad foods are bad for you, too. For me, it is a real motivator to stay on track for the long haul, not just for my weight but also my health!