A recent study claims the Atkins Diet is as effective as a conventional diet. Research deemed to be the first 'controlled' trial of the Atkins Diet – which limits carbohydrates but permits unrestricted amounts of protein and fats – found it may be as effective as conventional diets. The study provided a kind of posthumous validation of the often-controversial weight-loss methods developed by the late Dr. Robert Atkins. The researchers reported that Atkins participants lost more weight at three, six, and twelve months, than the control group.
After one year, Atkins participants had greater increases in HDL ["good"] cholesterol and triglycerides were reduced by 28 percent, compared to only 1 percent in those following a conventional diet.
(Source: Vitamin Retailer, July 2003.)