Sep. 14th, 2004 @ 07:20 pm
|Date:||September 15th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)|| |
My take is that most people on "atkins" are people just on a no-carb diet who don't really look to see what atkins is really about and end up screwing themselves up. They ignore the whole low-gi foods or grains high in fiber and pretty much only eat proteins/fats.
So it's one bad nourishment to another is my guess - a brain won't work well either way :)
"who don't really look to see what atkins is really about and end up screwing themselves up"
so it's not a problem with Atkins, per se, it's a problem with people's mentality about the diet industry then?
|Date:||September 15th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)|| |
Well, I don't think any "diet" is good in general. Atkins has some great ideas like eat unprocessed foods, whole grains, not refined sugars, etc. But as a diet it's stupid. As a way of life I don't think it offers any advantage over any regular and varied eating plan.
All everything does is play on people - they're stupid, lazy, and like to eat.. a lot. Atkins is perfect for them. And when people say how much they gained once they stopped, it's obvious that atkins didn't teach them to stop their original problem - eating too much and too many bad foods coupled with no exercise. But I'm sure you already know that :)
I agree that a lot of people claim to be following Atkins when in fact, they are not. I think it stems from being told for years and years to drop calories and drop fat...that you can never eat too little fat (regardless of the consequences of a very low-fat diet). People think its the same thing with carbohydrates - that fewer is better. I can't find one popular commericialized diet that reccomends that people abstain completely from carbohydrate sources...they all reccomend whole, unprocessed carbohydrate sources that are low on the glycemic index. True, it's lower amounts of carbohydrate than what was reccomended during the 1980's anti-fat crazes, but then again, anything is better than the endless low-fat products chock full of sugar and other crap.
...it's unfortunate that people only take away the idea of increased protein consumption instead of healthy carbohydrate consumption, but ultimately that's not the fault of any book or fad diet...just the idiots who don't take the time to learn about basic nutrition nor read the books. The media certainly doesn't help either - it spreads the idea that Atkins is "unlimited meat and cheese and eggs with scarce vegetable consumption" when that's not true either (niether component of that statement)...but it's what common people see and take for granted as the truth.
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