At one time I was at 290, now I'm at 240 with a goal of 200. In January, I was at 260 so I started Atkins. I lost a few pounds and it did stop my midwinter weight gain. Since Illinois temperatures have gotten back over 40, I have resumed riding. My typical ride is 12 miles, 2-3 times per week with a 25 mile ride once a week. On the Atkins diet, I find my average speeds are reduced. I seem to be more depleted towards the end on the trip then I was last year. I see on this board that Atkins is not widely endorsed by bikers. What alternative diets would you suggest?