Saturday, August 20, 2005

Can I Get An Amen To That?

I was surfing along the Internet today and came across this letter to the editor of the Erie-Times News from a woman who felt compelled to stand up for the truth about the Atkins diet.

Her name is Norma Zimmer and she hails from Waterford, Pennsylvania. Undoubtedly, she too has grown weary of all the negative publicity being given to Atkins and other low-carb programs over the past few weeks in the media that she decided enough was enough. The result of that frustration caused her to pen the following letter that so beautifully communicates what many of us who are livin' la vida low-carb are thinking:

"Your recent article about the Atkins diet is a perfect example of why there are so many misconceptions about it.
Atkins is not a no-carb diet --it is a controlled-carb diet.

To do Atkins one must read the book, not rely on hearsay or the media.

Even during the first phase, which is the most restrictive and need last only two weeks, you are required to eat two cups of salad vegetables and a cup of other veggies, such as spinach, cauliflower, etc.

In the second phase you add more vegetables as well as berries and other low-carb fruits.

It makes no sense for someone to say they went off of Atkins because they were craving salads or they couldn't go back to eating all meats after having some bread.

To do Atkins you do not need to eat only beef and cheese. You are supposed to limit your cheese intake to three or four ounces a day, and you are only supposed to eat enough food to feel satisfied, not stuffed. You can get your protein from eggs, fish, seafood and poultry.

People who give up on a diet they claim is Atkins -- when they are doing what they think or heard is Atkins -- only add to the misconceptions.

Norma Zimmer

CAN I GET AN AMEN TO THAT?! WOO HOO! YOU GO GIRL! I am so glad this letter was printed because it represents the thought process of a lot more people than the media would have you believe. If we are ever going to break through the misinformation barrier about the low-carb lifestyle, then we will need more and more people like Norma Zimmer willing to step up and help educate the public with the truth.


Blogger DietKing said...


8/20/2005 10:01 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Amen, Amen & Amen! Norma said in her article the same words I've said to co-workers more times than I can count. That in order to do Atkins, you HAVE TO READ THE BOOK - you can't simply rely on what people say you need to do, or what you think Atkins is all about. Good for you Norma, for setting them straight!

8/21/2005 7:32 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Kinda gets old after a while, doesn't it? I even go into this subject a little in my book (which, by the way, I am working feverishly to be able to release before the end of THIS YEAR. Pray that this works out because I believe my story can help so many people struggling with their weight). THANKS for commenting!

8/21/2005 8:15 AM  

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