Amazing. It doesn't surprise me in the least that the best the author could do was resort to quoting 2 very-questionable sources, one being a "registered dietician" whose statements show she is woefully misinformed about the extent of carbohydrate inclusion in a low-carb diet.
The other is our old friend the USDA which, having created dietary guidelines with a heavy emphasis on carbs and strick warnings about fat, almost singlehanded created the serious obesity epidemic we see now in the United States. At some point, we must start demanding that critics actually read the Atkins (or South Beach) books and stop making a**es out of themselves.
Low carb is not avoidance but restriction. Of course you might find the occasional Atkins converts who goes overboard, avoiding any and all carbs in order to speed up weight loss. But then again, I'm sure there are Weight Watcher followers who will spend all of their "points" for the day on a slice of cheesecake and still consider themselves healthier because they stayed in their point range.
The vast majority of low-carb eaters do not give up carbs, but educate themselves in order to make better choices. It's just too bad the author, and many like her, fail to educate themselves similarly before speaking out against the low carb way of eating.
Paula -- AKA "Mom, Queen of Everything"
"Life is lumpy." -- Robert Fulghum