There are at least two bona fide dietary approaches for the overweight individual -- restricting calories and restricting carbohydrates. Both approaches, in my opinion, are meritorious and generally beneficial to most persons who are overweight, and both represent a decided improvement over the use of amphetamines or other medications, useless gadgets or doing nothing at all.
Statement of Robert C. Atkins, MD to the
Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs
April 12, 1973