Over 10,000 people have visited Dr. Robert Atkins' office in New York to peel off pounds without pills or hunger, and with dramatic results. Successful patients such as Doris Lilly, Roberta Peters, and David Susskind have told the world about the miracles the diet works, and magazines like Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Town and Country have further spread Dr. Atkins' fame. Now, at last, he has put together the definitive book on his methods.Dr. Atkins doesn't believe most overweight is the result of overeating, but of the body's inability to metabolize carbohydrates properly. His diet corrects this.Most people can lose ten pounds in the first sixteen days on this diet, and find it so pleasant to stay on that they can live with it all their lives. It permits you to enjoy such satisfying foods as mayonnaise, heavy cream, bacon, pastrami, steak, lobster, salads dripping with rich dressings, and special diet versions of desserts and breads described in the book.Dr. Atkins tells here in great detail how the diet works; why you can lose without worrying about calories; how to test yourself for low-blood-sugar levels that show you aren't metabolizing fat fast enough; why the diet overcomes the usual diet fatigue, depression, and constant thoughts of food. There are meal plans, recipes, a list of foods to avoid, and permissible foods.The diet causes your body to burn off extra calories even as you eat, and acts on your body chemistry to quell hunger pangs. There is no limit to the amount of allowable foods you can eat.