And here's the kicker...no beer! NO BEER!
That's actually not true, Sam. I'm on a semi-Adkins diet as I've reached my desired weight. I have pasta once every two weeks or so, sushi every two weeks, and drink two glasses of wine EVERY NIGHT!
Americans eat too many carbohydrates and consume way too much sugar. Surely you recognize that.
The Adkins diet works. It has a 30 year history, and there are too many success stories to discredit it.
I, for one, am glad to see Dr. Adkins getting some recognition after being laughed at for 30 years.
Those who laughed at him are some of the fattest people on earth right now.
You could always try Dean Ornish's diet, and eat grass the rest of your life.
Okay, but you are in the maintenance phase. I've read the book and it clearly states NO pasta and no beer or wine during the weight-losing phase of it. And Atkins even goes on to say in the book that he does not think people should drink any alcoholic beverage of any kind. Clearly he is of a Prohibitionist bent.
I totally agree that people eat way too many carbs (which convert to sugars). That is why I totally shun the processed junk in the supermarkets like chips, cookies, cakes and so forth and stick to "whole" foods as much as I can. My diet is on the Meditteranean model - lots of meat, fish, nuts, pasta, rice, olive oil, vegetables and beans. With beer and/or wine daily. I hardly ever eat fruit because I find it too sweet and besides, it doesn't keep well when I get it home.