.................carboholic! Bet you weren't expecting that eh?! The thing is, I keep reading everywhere (and on these boards) about diets and it seems carbs are our bad boys! Well, I love them. Give me bread, pasta, rice, spuds......drool.....and life is worth living. Now, as a scientist I can understand from a purely physiological point of view how diets like Atkins (and Dukan for that matter) will help lose weight, but the body is programmed to store carbs and fat regardless. So, once the diet stops and normal eating resumes then wallop.....the weight goes back on. I'm also not sure I fancy halitosis and constipation as side effects of low carb/high protein regimes but hey ho, each to his/her own. However, it has also been proven that many people lose weight on these, and other extreme regimes, simply because the diet is so restictive aka boring, that they are in fact eating far fewer calories, hence the weight loss. Even the Hay diet is really just a way of making one aware of what is going in the mouth and that, together with it being boring, results in fewer calories consumed. There is nothing mystical about separating carbs and proteins, as the body is designed to digest both and is perfectly adapted to maintain perfectc onditions to digest both. The 'Cabbage Soup Diet' is nothing more than a bowl of high fibre, low calorie veg soup, guaranteed to whoosh through your digestive tract so quickly nothing will get a chance to be absorbed and deposited as fat! It's probably the best antidote to the constipation of Dukan/Atkins! Well, I'm off now to eat a good, balanced diet full of fruit, veg, lean meat and fish and CARBS!!!! Yummy!