Ila. "All things in moderation, including moderation!" Atkins is a fine Piece of lowering your carb intake. I always have a couple of their entrees in the freezer for when I am too tired to prepare a meal.
It is generally better to kick the carbs with more "real food". It takes awhile for your body to adapt. And it is different for all of us.
We all tolerate different levels of carbs, so you need to test, test, test to figure out how many YOU can tolerate. I do only 25-30 carbs/day, BUT many of us here can handle more...
Don't give up. Moderating your carb intake will eventually help. And eventually you will not feel deprived. There are so many satisfying substitutes available for the things you might miss!.....Blessings and stay in touch...Judith in Portland