Sunday, September 04, 2005

Media Hoping Low-Carb Heir Steps Forward Soon

In yet another article declaring the end of low-carb forever (if it has truly ended, then why are we still talking about it? Hmmm?), The Lexington Herald-Journal blares the headline "Atkins diet meets its maker."

Am I just being overly sensitive to this or are these people really being THIS disrespectful to the Atkins family? Ever since Dr. Robert Atkins died from complications following a slip and fall accident on ice in New York, many media accounts about the Atkins diet have taken the opportunity to dishonor this man who changed the way we look at carbohydrates forever. He should be revered for having the ingenuity and foresight for coming up with something so revolutionary that it has the potential to help tens of millions of people get their weight and health under control for many years to come.

But blasting a headline that says the "Atkins diet meets its maker" is a not-so-veiled reference to the writer's opinion that low-carb is dead. Other than the fact that is a very tasteless way to label this story, it's just not true either. The latest Opinion Dynamics Corp. Low-Carb Research poll shows that 13 percent of the American people are on some kind of low-carb program. While the products passed off as "low-carb" have not always been genuinely low in carbs and thus have not sold very well, that is no indication that livin' la vida low-carb is going away anytime soon.

Lexington Herald-Journal Staff Writer Mary Meehan laments that so many former low-carb business fixtures are gone and wonders out loud what "the next big diet" will be.

This is EXACTLY why obesity rates keep going up and up. If the media would stop chasing after "the next big diet," then maybe we could make some headway into the problem by offering people real solutions that have already worked such as the low-carb lifestyle. Sadly, the low-carb answer to obesity has been ignored or ridiculed for far too long. This is a situation that could be easily remedied with accurate education about what livin' la vida low-carb is really all about.

The article notes that people have apparently stopped doing the Atkins diet because it's too expensive to eat pork chips for breakfast every single day. When will they ever learn?! I really do feel like a broken record some days. Atkins is not an all-meat diet, but a delicious mix of fruits, vegetables and succulint meat to round out your balanced meals. If you don't like meat, then you should join with this group. Otherwise, you should consider becoming a member of this group instead!

Some health "expert" in the story claims "there was no effective maintenance component" to low-carb and "there was even social pressure not to stay on the diet" because people will ridicule you for eating so much fat and meat as part of a healthy diet.

ARGH ARGH ARGH! LOL! You really have to laugh at these people. In fact, that's what I tell people who ask my advice about dealing with the negativity of their comments about the low-carb lifestyle. Laugh and then use the opportunity to educate them about what low-carb is REALLY about. Sometimes correcting misinformation is all you need to change people's minds. Come back here often to find answers to common objections. I will also include many of them in my upcoming book.

As for maintaining the weight loss by livin' la vida low-carb, this is the only "diet" I have been able to continue long after the weight loss plan has concluded. Do you realize I am going on NINE MONTHS keeping my 180-pound weight loss off and that is the LONGEST I have ever gone without gaining back my weight after a diet? This really is a permanent way of eating that will keep me thin for a very, very long time (forever, baby!).

The story notes a dietitian (what do THEY know?!) who said it is not a "realistic long-term way to lose weight" by deciding to "abandon" a food group entirely.

Sigh (again!). Even more outright lies about what low-carb is all about. Contrary to popular belief, you don't "abandon" any food group at all when you are livin' la vida low-carb. If the dietitian is referring to carbohydrates, people are amazed to learn that I actually ate ANY AT ALL during my weight loss phase. Uh, yeah! You kinda need them to survive and Dr. Atkins says so many times in his books. And other than the first two week when you eat about 20 per day, you're gonna eat a lot of carbs. I currently have about 75 per day and love it love it love it! People don't realize how easy this way of eating is to implement. It really is!

Because obesity is still such a problem and people are looking for "quick fixes" to their weight problems, the article is wondering what the next great fad diet will really be. Could it be this, which is just a kissing cousin of the Atkins diet? They even think it could be this crazy diet!

"There's a vacuum out there. They will come up with something."

But we don't need another fad, we need something that works. If it ain't broke then don't fix it and I'll be sticking with my high-fiber, high-protein, sugar-free, and YES, low-carb plan for healthy weight maintenance and improved overall health. It's "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb!" And don't you forget it! :-)

You can tell Mary Meehan about how the low-carb lifestyle has impacted your life by e-mailing her at


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