I am pleased with the results of Atkins on my body composition, and I lost the expected amount (8# in two weeks), all bodyfat.
It is clear to me that Atkins is not for athletes, but I am sold on a carbohydrate-restricted low-GI diet.
I'm taking the carbs up to 60 today and will see if I still produce ketones tomorrow. Atkins' recommendation is to go up 5g per week (i.e. 25 g this week) and limits most people to 90 g carb ultimately.
If I took that route, it would take 13 weeks just to get to that level and that is 13 weeks I don't have to spare as far as working on my other athletic goals for the quarter in preparation for CF games 2009:
* Bodyfat 11% (currently 14%)
* Weight 165# (currently 172)
* Lean = 146 (currently 147)
* CFT 800: DONE
* Mile 6:30: DONE
* Fran 5:00 (currently 6:39)
* C&J 165 (UNK, might be able to do this now)
This diet was BRUTAL, even though there was no hunger, I felt pretty much like shit the whole time.