Atkins diet rarely (if ever) works. All the weight that you lose comes right back after you go off of it. The above poster is very correct, you need to follow the food pyramid as closely as possible, plan your calories, and make sure to keep your metabolism up with cardio exercises and snacks between meals. I HIGHLY advise AGAINST the Atkins diet. You can't just cut the most important source of energy out of your diet. Fats are NOT an efficient source of energy. I work at a gym / recreational facility, and here is a segment out of our January newsletter: Q. I want to lose about 10 lbs and get toned at the same time, what kind of diet should I go on? I tried the high protein low carb diet, but it was too hard to maintain. Once I got off it, I gained back all the weight I lost. A.\tI would first like to say that you SHOULD NOT go on a diet. When you go on a diet you are restricting foods and your body needs all three kinds of foods (carbohydrates, proteins and fat). You lost weight on the high protein diet because you lost water and muscle weight. The weight was gained back because you lost muscle which caused your metabolism to drop. Carbohydrates are a very important part of your diet and approximately 60 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates in the form of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You can even eat non-whole grain carbohydrates, as long as you don't over eat them. ------------------------------------------------------------- BRAVO; it the first post l have read that doesn't make me cringe at the ignorance. Don't forget how Atkins died: high blood pressure, high levels of fats in the blood, overweight. (l know his crooked multi million dollar business croanies will strongly disagree. His appearance said it all). His diet is dangerously good to lose weight for the short term. Don't forget the liver and kidney damaging effects because of the excess uric and oxalic acid that has to be excreated by the body.