A study published in the September issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine confirmed many other studies that a low carbohydrate diet not only is superior to other diets for weight loss but also may reduce the death rates from all medical causes. In the December issue of US News & World Report, many diet gurus who previously opposed the Atkins diet acknowledged that Atkins might have had something with his emphasis on the toxic effects of carbs. David Jenkins from the University of Toronto has proposed the Eco-Atkins diet, which substitutes healthier protein sources, such as beans, for the animal fats suggested by Atkins. Not a bad idea, if you can do it. The problem is that vegetable sources of protein don’t give you a lasting source of energy, and sometimes make you crave carbs. Some people thrive on a vegetarian diet, but others need to mix in some animal protein, without too much fat mixed in.
See US News and World Report, December, 2010, p. 16-19.