Low carb is hardly a fad diet. Low fat was introduced in the 1970's and if any diet is a fad diet, that is the one. Low carb has been used for centuries.
I started Atkins because I am a heart patient, and I get my kidney function tested every 3 months... no change at all in 4 years.
The winner of the 2012 Western States 100 ultramarathon is a low carber. Tim Olson. I think a 100 mile race is " a lot of sports ".
That being said. I can't think of any diet saying you must eat below 50g a day to lose weight. Atkins starts at 20 NET carbs, but that is closer to 30-35 total carbs, and after Induction moves that up. Many people on low carb end up over 100g of carbs a day on maintenance. The goal of low carb is to clean up the kinds of carbs we eat, not stay at a low intake of them. If people can lose weight at 150 g a day, that is awesome for them. Some people lose at 250 g, others must stay at 75 g a day. There is no set number that works for everyone.
I personally eat around 50 g a day, but I hope to get closer to 80 grams a day by the time I hit GW. There are plenty of healthy carbs that we can eat, and enjoy. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheeses, and beans can get you to 50 grams quite easily, but I doubt most people would think of them as bad food. So the type of carbs you eat is just as important as the quantity for most people.
Also most of the people on this site are not low carbers. SP is providing a forum for over 5 million, I believe. They advocate a diet that is believed to help the majority of people. They don't push Veganism either, but they allow teams, and discussion to happen here.There are many low carb teams available. Just do a search.
Russell - current BMI 31.4
197 - bmi-30
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 192.6