I've been overweight and then obese since I was around 11 years old.
Since then I've lost exactly 45 pounds and am in the best physical shape I've been in ever. People are astonished, but when I tell them I'm on a 'high fat diet', they don't believe me : )
Now to my real point (I apologize for the delay) - I have never read Atkins or any of these other plans. No need. Once I read the Taubes book I knew I didn't need any of that stuff. I just cut as much carb and sugar from my diet as possible. I do it 'day by day' (I guess like an addict does when trying to stay clean). For the first 5 months I did not work out (on purpose, per Taubes' recommendation). The last couple of weeks I joined a gym and started working out because it makes me feel good. I now know why skinny people actually enjoy working out : )
So, although Atkins and other low-carb diets are what prompted Taubes to start his research in the first place, I think they are mutually exclusive. There simply isn't any need for any of the formal diets, IMO, once one reads and understands Taubes' book. For specific recipes and/or questions like "How many carbs/sugars are in XXXX?" I simply do a web search.
Although a lot of us who were into it back in the early 2000s or before, there was no simple web search. All we had was someone like Atkins.
Atkins has been mocked all the way, and especially on Low carb sites.
He was fighting the US Government back in the 70s, so that we can understand this stuff today.
You are essentially eating the Atkins Diet.
Grats on the weight loss!
Atkins had his medical privacy violated by extreme Vegan Terrorists so that we can be low carbers today. Atkins had to endure constant vegan terrorist slurrs like this website: http://www.atkinsexposed.org/
so that the rest of us can understand low carb.
People don't have to give him respect, but he's deserved it and more in my book.