About 4 years ago I did the Southbeach diet (similar to Atkins but less extreme) and went down over 30 kg (from 120 to 87 or something). Since then I bounce up a little (up to 94 or so) but being just plainly naughty (eating a lot), and with retaking the diet I go down again.
Look into the Southbeach, I think it's a good alternative.
No fried stuff. Just keep away from sugars and carbs. I think Atkins diet as some people do it (a friend called it americanized extreme diet - oh, now I can eat all bacon and fried stuff I can, I am going to go crazy over it!) is just plain crazy, dangerous and a waste.
But to the success of this I add three factors, the first one which I highly recommend:
- Exercise. I di 45 minutes of cycling or running (more walking and jogging as I couldnt jog all the time, following a cycle with a stopwatch, making the walking shorter as I gained stamina). This is something you should do not only to loose weight faster but for health and to feel better, etc.
- I had medication to help me. Xenical from Roche (was a Roche employee at the time, had blood tests to make sure it was not hurting my liver). Helps a lot loose weight, has some mild (but possible disgusting) side effect, I would recommend stay at home first days using it. Sibutramina (Spanish name) to fend off hunger anxiety and eagerness to eat... I know medication is questionable to many but I feel these helped me much.
- The hardest for me, just learn to eat less every meal and not eat anything between meals. All junk food (chips, etc) disappeared from my house (we also rather the kids do not have these). My portions are now much smaller than before I did that (hence, maybe, why I have not regained?). No juices, sugar sodas, etc.
- Weight scale every morning to see my progress, positive feedback is a most.
- Family/Wife support, big one for me.
An important recommendation (yeah yeah might be obvious) is not to go back to previous habits after the diet - then you'll just bounce back and all the effort is lost. I learned to eat less, more healthy and no stuff between meals, no junk food.
Best of luck!