After my Dad died a few years ago, I put on a lot of weight. Didn't notice it until I saw a photo of myself and nearly died with shock. Anyway, a Sister of mine had lost a lot of weight on it to fit in to a bridesmaid dress, so I asked her about it, bought the book and gave it a try.
I was never a big bread or potato lover, but my downfall was chocolate and coke, so the diet seemed to suit me. I think the induction phase is different now than when I done it. I was only allowed 20g of green veg per day and the Atkins bars could only be introduced after the two week induction phase. The first three days were torture, in terms of craving, but I had intentionally started it while I was on two weeks holidays, so I wouldn't have as much temptation as I would in work (always chocolate and biscuits in the canteen). After the three days passed and I was in ketosis, I began to feel less bloated, lethargic and was generally feeling better. I will point out though, that I didn't do the whole big fry up and steaks that way some people I know who done it, instead I ate lean cuts of meat, chicken, turkey, and salads. I found drinking plenty of water really helped too, as well as using lots of herbs and spices to give myself some variety, cause it does get boring eating the same thing day in, day out.
After two weeks of doing that, I had lost over a stone in weight, and was at the stage of introducing 5g of carbs a day, as well as fruit (mainly berries) with cream, so it meant when I went back to work, I had more options and continued it for another month. I also introduced alcohol back with vodka and diet coke/7up etc, so got my social life back. My cravings for sweets had completely gone at this stage and I had to remind myself to eat every 6 hours as I was never hungry. After a month, I had lost 2 and a half stone and reached my target weight.
I continued on the maintainence part of the diet for months after, whilst in the gym and toned my body really nicely as well as losing some more weight.
I remember eating chocolate at Christmas that year (8 months later) and it doing nothing for me. I was now snacking on fruit and nuts instead.
At the beginning, I used to cook chicken legs and leave them in the fridge so when I was peckish, I would have some chicken. Having food ready for these moments is key to success.
The ONLY draw back for me was bad breath, which went away eventually.
Whenever I would put on weight after all of that, I would tend to go back to it as it was the only diet that ever got results for me, but I did find it harder to do after that first time.
I kept the weight off for years, until I met my husband and while I know it would work if I did it again, I find it difficult to do when living with someone else and trying to work around the restricitions with another person to think of, so I'm working on a fat free diet at the moment. It's working, but just not as fast as I was used to with Atkins.
Good Luck with it and if I was to give you any advice, it would be to go off it gradually, rather than hitting your target and going off it instantly. The weight will only go back on.