nice one TT - now stand back and admire the silence.
I thought this forum would be a sensible place to debate this, but apparently not. Frankly I'm disappointed suitably disappointed to have decided to resign from this forum... I'll just take my opinions somewhere more open minded..
Sorry to resurrect this with such a mammoth post, but having being termed a "mug" by a fellow forumite, I felt I had the right to reply.
muttley, I'm not sure how far back bothered to read in this thread, or indeed if you are being deliberately inflammatory, but the Atkins programme is NOT about cutting out entire food groups (unless you count crap) - the ultimate aim is to achieve the balance you so eloquently describe. Believe it or not, if you read the book to the end, Atkins helps you find that balance.
When I first heard about this programme, I was highly sceptical. Based on the media representations of it I would be today if I hadn't read quite a bit about the subject (though am no expert). I thought I would give it a try. I lost 2 stone on the plan... that said, I have managed to lose weight through running too.
I gained weight after stopping both.
Many people, me included, have compulsive issues with food I have battled with my weight for quite a few years now because of these issues. You might say "deal with it" and I will. But to call me a mug for exploring an avenue to understanding how my body works a little better is surely a position taken by a narrow mind? I am now more in control of my weight than I have been for many years thanks to Dr Atkins' book.
This plan may not be for everyone, but for the percentage of the population that doesn't have that perfect BMI, this can be a way forward. I think it is attractive to those heavier people who need their metabolisms realigning to avoid the dangers of diabetes and so-called "syndrome X" insulin resistance. It is a way for overweight people to begin to understand their bodies and their response to foodtypes and lose weight without having to run the humiliating gauntlet of being the largest person in the gym.
Unfortunately, as with many types of eating plan, people sometimes go a little off piste and often revert to their bad eating/drinking habits (mea culpa). This is possibly because the urge for sugar/carbs is too great or willpower too low - who knows. But with better understanding - maybe the longer term weight trend can be downwards - mine is...