During the low-carb craze of 2003-2004, I lost my first 60 pounds on the Atkins diet. It was the first "diet" I ever went on, and I didn't know any better.
But now I have done my fair share of research and diet-experimentation, and I have come to conclude that low-carb can be a healthy and effective weight loss method -- but ONLY if you can stick with it for life. If you start eating bread and bon-bons after low-carbing, you're going to gain everything back.
For me, someone who HATES counting calories, loves cheese, and has a gluten intolerance, low-carb is a good solution! I don't load up on bacon on butter...I eat all-natural WHOLE foods...I eat really healthy!
The only thing I truly miss is fruit, but there is always room for that. And jicama is my new best friend. Who new that the "Mexican potato" could be so delicious? It tastes like an Asian pear and is an absolutely healthy and crunchy snack!
Low-carb can be healthy. It's all in the approach.
That's great that you lose so much weight with Atkins and low-carb. Personally I don't believe in diets or want to follow them. I rather make a life change: eat healthier options and exercise. I could never do a low-carb diet because I love carbs and have pasta for dinner almost every night. But I am happy to hear it worked for you. Are you still sticking to the low-carb plan?