There are many people who are dead set against low carb lifestyles and they will use anything they can find to discredit it, including Dr. Atkins death. It was not from a heart attack and he was not obese when he died. www.nytimes.com/2004/02/11/nyregion/just-w
Diet theory is very much like religion. People get really passionate about whichever camp they are in. I say believe what you want to believe. Find what works for you and stick to it.
What did not work for me was the conventional wisdom of "low fat - low calorie". I tried - I really tried - for many years. I cut out the white stuff. I ate only whole foods and "healthy whole grains" I exercised my butt off but the scale would not budge. This went on for many years and I got fatter and fatter while trying to do everything "right" according to the experts. Not only did I get very obese,but I also was diagnosed with hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. I was a mess - mentally and physically.
Then I read "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Tobes and it flew in the face of all that low fat preaching the experts had fed to me for all those years, but since that didn't work - maybe this would. It made sense to me. I started with the diet plan in the appendix of that book - the Duke University No Sugar No Starch Diet. It was very simple. It amounts to the same as Atkins Induction phase. It's very low carb - only 20 grams a day.
It was tough at first. It was inconvenient. But I made up my mind to stick with it for two weeks to give it a fair shake and if something good didn't happen then I would just throw my hands up and commit to being obese and unhealthy for the rest of my life.
The first week of so really sucked. I felt awful! I literally got ill, but then i suddenly felt better than I had in YEARS. I had great energy. I was not hungry. I was not craving anything. I felt like I can do this! And so I did - I lost weight easily and kept it off. After a year I got to a plateau and I have been just coasting there for another year. I'm been through a whole lot lately but it hasn't effected my health or my diet and I haven't gone back into my old sugar and starch ways because I don't want to get sick again on top of everything else. After going low carb my diabetes completely reversed. I've been holding steady at A1C of 5.7 for two years! I'm off all diabetes medication. My BP has improved. I look better and feel better than I have in 10 years. So I would have to say that it works for me and it makes me healthy while the conventional wisdom of low fat did not.
So I really don't care if Dr. Atkins did die of a heart attack. He was obese before he started on a low carb diet and history does have some bearing on things. Just because you stop smoking today does not mean you won't get lung cancer.
If the early bird catches the worm, I'd rather be late & eat cheesecake!
| Pounds lost: 75.5