I've read that of all the "diets" out there that Atkins is the one that can be most dangerous to one's health (that is also widely popular, no doubt there are even kookier and more dangerous diets, too). Unfortunately my son has decided to use Atkins to cut back to a more youthful waistline and is even in a "competition" with one of his fellow-workers (weekly weigh-in's, etc). He's been on it several weeks now and I'm worrying about the possible effects if he stays on it longer, though he has promised to add more vegetables and perhaps a once a week grain dish. His wife is a vegetarian. My personal suspicion is that the Atkins choice is in part a way to get more meat into the house. (He has to use a separate pan for cooking meat; no she's Italian - so not kosher!) It may also be that he thinks all those grain dishes are what has fattened him up as he is not (like me) a sweet freak. The irony is that my DIL is as much a sweet hound as I am, but she is wonderfully trim. I hope that some of you who have more professional knowledge about this could give me some pointers to sources of information about the hazards of this diet (either on-line or books) . I know I read something extensive on line once, but haven't been able to find my way back to it. Also, you may have some advice on how he can add back some carbs and still lose weight. My instinct would be to eat more fresh veggies and some fruits rather than grains to introduce them. Thanks.