Anectodal alert–I was on Atkins a couple years ago, and pretty effortlessly lost about 25 pounds, while eating many more calories than I did previously. I would routinely eat an eight- to ten-ounce ribeye for dinner, with a salad covered with blue cheese and olives, and then as a pre-bedtime snack eat half a container of mascarpone cheese with shredded coconut/splenda/macadamia nuts. That’s close to my caloric intake for the entire day now! I also did not excercise regularly.
That said, I did plateau, and not nearly at the place I wanted to be. I did keep eating the same way for a couple months after that, and while I did not lose, I did not gain, either.
I would say I ate as close to “unlimited” as I really wanted to. The satiety factor cannot be denied…it’s plain hard to binge on some foods, even if they taste really good (f.ex. I ate tons of whipped cream), without the presence of carbs.
However, I am also a very carb-sensitive individual–more so than most people I know. My personalized version of T-Dawg incorporates the very low end of the recommended carb spectrum–maybe even a bit lower.
As for the Atkins bars, the chocolate coconut is pretty tasty! No comments on the nutrition, but it’s better than nothing if you’re on the road or caught without a decent snack.