Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Skeptics were right - Atkins and other low-carb diets are pseudo

If you have been attacked by Atkins diet and thought that weight loss could be achieved by following a low-carb diet, - you've been mislead.

In this article from today Globe and Mail written by Catherine McLean and Oliver More it turns out the skeptics were right about the low-carb diets:

Bankruptcy signals end to low-carb diet mania

It turns out the skeptics were right -- low-carb diets were a fad.

The company that spawned the once wildly popular Atkins Diet has filed for bankruptcy protection in a New York courtroom. Atkins Nutritionals Inc. had been losing money hand-over-fist after dieters lost their appetite for its products.

It's a long way from the glory days, when a book by Dr. Robert Atkins spent 400 weeks on the bestseller lists and frustrated dieters everywhere were lured by the promise of losing weight while eating meat, butter and other typically verboten foods.
If you continue reading the article you'll find that high-protein/low-carb diets are not a healthy way to lose weight.

Can anyone tell me how many popular diet fads of the past 20-30 years we have had? There seems to be a diet for everything: The bloodtype diet, The menopause diet, Popcorn diet, South Beach diet, The grapefruit diet, The Chocolate diet - you name it. Which diet will be the next to create a lifestyle?

The problem is that everyone want to diet smart - not harder. The fact is that the total calories eaten versus total calories expended are what govern weight gain or loss. If it looks too good to be true - then it probably is.

Chicago Tribune: Atkins goes belly-up as diet fad thins out

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