So is this saying that the fat burning properties of the Atkins diet are made up by the restriction of calories? If you are on the atkins diet yet you restrict your carb free calorie intake down to 1600 with a BMR or 2100 calories you aren't burning more fat off your body then just a calorie restricting diet down to 1600 calories? Its hard to understand the benefits of the Atkins diet when they say that it switches you into "fat burning mode"...I suppose its harder to restrict calories with the Atkins diet because the caloric density of the foods that you tend to eat on the Atkins diet are higher so restricting both is impossible. I suppose I have to try a calorie restriction diet in order to find out how my body reacts to both because I have successfully used the Atkins diet to loose weight in the past but I have never successfully completed a calorie restricting diet. Has anyone ever done this type of comparison with these 2 diets before?