I feel fantastic on Atkins, but have to remind myself of this very simple fact daily/hourly due to a lifetime of "carbs for comfort" eating.
I was successful on this WOL for many years, mid-70's through 1997, a year that brought me many difficulties . . . I did lose 80-90lbs after the birth of my now 14 yr old DD, but put about 40 of that back on and have yo-yo'd with that same 40lbs all through the 2000's.
The years I was successful, I just had a clarity about WHY I was eating this way and a determination to stick to what works, that I haven't quite found again.
JG is absolutely right about reading/studying Atkins science in the pre-2002 version . . . a re=read of which was something that motivated me to return over Christmas last year. I also attended an AHA seminar at my work and can't tell you how funny it was to me that after all their well publicized disputes with Dr. A., most everything they taught about heart health was EXACTLY what he had been saying all along:
*the advent of heart disease is directly dated to the advent of flour mills and processed cane sugars
*dietary fat is the least contributing factor to cholesterol in the blood
and on and on lol
I'll just add that what worked best for me over the years was following the book closely . . . which means being AWARE of how delicious and satisfying the food is and how full I feel . . . being AWARE of "hidden "carbs" (in supposedly low carb items/medicines) and how they can then trigger a "binge" and staying away from anything POST-2002 Atkins.
The whole "net carb" thing just never worked for me - losing or maintaining.