I was at Atkins before. It works very well but I feel a little bit healthier doing this diet because it's a little easier to maintain. Plus in order for muscles to grow, you need carbs...it's vital to the process. It's just all about dedication. And seeing quick results. Losing 6 lbs. within the first week helps you mentally. I think I have a high metabolism....it was just covered before my eating whole bags of chips and drinking endless sodas...!