1. It has been my experience that people who lose weight the fastest seem to put it back on the fastest.
This is not meant as a fast weightloss diet approach.
I have a vague recollection of reading some research support for that, but it was a long time ago. Most people who have lost wt. with Adkins (or lots of other diets) have regained it.
Atkins you are suppose to be precise with the amount of carbs you stick to after you are done with the weightloss phase. Also a good amount of people forget that you can't only do cardio to maintain weightloss, you need weight training. I use to weigh 240lbs I got down to a chubby 180lb now I have been putting on muscle while not putting on fat. I can eat as much as I use to and I won't gain weight.
Also, the more that people feel like a diet deprives them of things that are important to them, the more willing they are to give it up. I think that "eat less of this" and "eat more of that" are more effect messages than "eliminate this" and "eat only that."
I know Silly Sally likes a fudgsicle at 2 pm everyday and Big Bob likes chicken wings during sporting events on sundays but its not realistic to say you can have all that stuff still but just less of it on a daily basis. It's to vague & I know how you say it's more everybody friendly but to lenient for a diet. If the foods you love to eat are more important than your desire to lose weight then maybe you arn't ready to change your lifestyle. If you view #32 you can have those 'important foods' but you should use them as a reward.
In your comments about saturated fats and about cholesterol content, I know that you are speaking to basically healthy people. However, when you say, "Don't be worried about the cholesterol; as long as your diet is balanced and you are exercising continuously then there are no worries" you might want to add "unless your cholesterol is already high." Something similar for saturated fats.
Because of my disclaimer I am speaking to everybody, if you decide to do this diet and do it right which means eat balanced like plenty of veggies fruits fats etc. and don't have a predisposition to high ldl then there is nothing to worry about. All of that will be changed if you do it right. There is the correct low-carb approach and wrong. Right way is eat carbs consisting of veggies w/ lean meats. Bad way is you eat five sausages for dinner or 20 deep fried chicken wings and have no veggies because you want no carbs in your diet. You arn't really getting that much sat fat/ldl on this diet if done correctly, you prolly get more on your 'normal' diet.