I’ve been doing the low-carb thing for over 20 years now. It started when I bought the original Dr Atkins Diet Revolution in a thrift shop. I had heard bad things about Atkins, but I was desperate to lose some weight, and figured I could just quit when I became thinner.
I never did quit. My goals changed when I saw low-carb/keto helped with health problems. I managed to accumulate many other Atkins books, as well as others about our way-of-eating.
I liked the original Atkins the best. In the time when that book was written, few folks had access to specialty grocery stores and specialty foods. Atkins knew most followers would be limited to the foods they could get in a regular grocery. Big city people don’t realize it, but many people have similar limitations even today.
Original Atkins was also free of the Atkins corporation which had not been started yet. Later Atkins books feature recipes calling for Atkins brand ingredients, some of which are no longer made, others which are not available in all areas.
I am troubled how the current Atkins products brag about their low ‘sugar carbs’ on their labels. We don’t count ‘sugar carbs’ on Original Atkins but carbs. They also talk about their protein content and never mention fat. Well, a corporation is a life form that lives to sell product. We can’t expect it to do anything that would hurt sales.
Another difference is that Later Atkins has you counting ‘net carbs.’ This tends to reward people for eating high fiber foods. In Original Atkins you just counted carbs, and so you couldn’t exactly chomp down two heads of lettuce at a meal, or use a high fiber ‘low-carb baking mix’ that can cause painful constipation.
Original Atkins is not perfect. Aimed at weight loss only, it has multiple levels that by the time you hit Maintainance, have you out of ketosis altogether. Not good if you need ketosis to help you deal with your arthritis, diabetes, autism spectrum disorder or depression on an ongoing basis.
The solution to that is to be smart. Don’t get caught up in a cycle of going up levels to add back more carbs, and lose the benefits of being in ketosis.
As you learn more about low-carb/keto, you may tweak your practice to incorporate your new knowledge. I no longer use canola oil, for example. And I’ve learned to enjoy some zero-carb foods, like pork chops, that I never used to like. I’m also crazy for chicken thighs, because they are cheaper than wings, taste great, and I can make bone broth from the bones.