I have eaten low carb for over 60 years. It is not so much Atkins or not, as it is eating low carb, however you manage it, if you are overweight or diabetic.
My dad was diabetic when I was a kid in the 40's and 50's. The whole family ate fairly low carb due to dad's condition. This was before the modern blood-sugar tracking systems that allow any amount of carbs for diabetics.
I grew up to be a ballet dancer. How did I avoid anorexia and yet stay as slim as ballet dancers need to be? By eating steak and salad. Or chicken and green beans. or salmon and boccoli. (NO thanks on the baked potato or brown rice, or any kind of rice!)
I avoided carbs and stayed slim and healthy. I am indeed grateful that this approach has gained merit in recent years through such people as Dr Atkins. Take a look at any biography of a major ballerina from Anna Pavlova thru Maria Tallchief to Suzanne Farrel, the non-anorexic ballerinas eat lo carb. Even the very minor and non-famous ones such as me.
My dad was a cowboy. He used a lot of cowboy metaphors. He always said, "If you want a horse, steer, or cow to gain weight, what do you do?" the answer is, "Grain 'em". This is shorthand for feed them carbs. If a horse was VERY active, the carbs were NEEDED to prevent weight loss. If the horse was sedentary, grain would just make them fat.
While I can not tell you whether eating Atkins in particular was or was not, helpful for you, I KNOW that eating lo-carb has NEVER hurt anyone and helped many.
Bless your heart
[This message has been edited by KTUC (edited 09-25-2003).]