Originally Answered: what to do if atkins doesn't work?
the atkins plan is basically a crash diet. crash dieting will only give you temporary results. as soon as you're off the atkins plan, you'll be packing the weight back on.
there are two key things to remember:
1) weight is only a number. your weight can easily increase depending on water intake or an increase in muscle mass. if you're aiming to be slimmer and healthy, try keeping track of your body measurements ie: waist, hips, buttocks, arms, legs, etc. dropping weight is not nearly as important as dropping body fat percentage, so you may want to look into having that evaluated as a first step.
2) patience is everything. if you want to lose body fat and keep it off, it takes time. diets are temporary. good health and fitness has more to do with lifestyle than dieting. take your time, stay diligent, and have a goal to aim for. push yourself and exhibit self-control, but don't do it to the point where you hate what you're doing and "cheat" on your diet or workouts.
also, you shouldn't wait until the sensation of hunger arises to finally eat. by the time your body is thirsty, you are already dehrydrated and that applies to eating as well. by the time you're hungry, your body is starting to enter starvation mode—by the time you do start eating, your body will be storing extra fats and calories.
eating small portioned meals throughout the day helps keep your metabolism going, constantly burning calories. snacks (healthy ones!) here and there help as well.
i like to keep track of my caloric and fat intake on a daily basis to monitor my diet [when i say diet, i don't mean some quick fix, but like i said, how i normally eat day-to-day (lifestyle)]. i use http://www.fitclick.com/. it's a great tool for both tracking and generating meals and workouts. although i have a little bit of background knowledge in health and fitness, it has still proved to be a very helpful tool. i recommend it for friends, family, or anyone in general who needs to be pointed in the right direction to a healthier (and happier!) life.
hope i've been helpful!