Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My Long-Term Weight Loss On The Atkins Diet

Jimmy Moore documented his Atkins diet experience in a book

With all the attention being paid to the Atkins diet today following the release of this major study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, I have to admit I am personally disturbed by what I have witnessed as an antagonistic demeanor amongst the health elites responding to the healthy low-carb nutritional approach.

As I noted in this blog post regarding a teleconference call debate between Dr. Michael Dansinger and Dr. James Hill that took place on Tuesday night (CLICK HERE for the audio), the spin coming from the low-fat diet supporters on this new positive Atkins diet study is this: sure, you can lose weight following the Atkins, low-carb diet, but the impact is only for the short-term--there is no evidence that anyone can possibly stay on a diet like this beyond one year.

Say what?!

In response to that ridiculous claim, I only have to look in my own mirror to know that assessment is about as far away from the truth as it can possibly be. Why? Because I lost 180 pounds in one year on the Atkins diet three years ago. Yep, that's me--Jimmy Moore--and I am all too happy to share my low-carb weight loss success since these so-called health "experts" choose to ignore people like me.

Do you want to take a wild guess what happened to my weight after the end of that one year when I lost 180 pounds? Did I simply balloon back up to 410 pounds again and prove these "experts" were right that people can't keep a low-carb diet up over the long-term? Yeah right! NOT!

Um, I hate to break the news to 'em, but not only have I kept the 180 pounds I lost in 2004 off of my body, but I've dropped an additional ten pounds in the process. And, more importantly, my weight has remained stable for well over two years now--the longest such stint in my 35 years of life where I haven't seen drastic weight fluctuations. Check out my dramatic BEFORE and AFTER pictures!

Unless you've walked in my shoes as a morbidly obese man, then you cannot possibly know how incredibly freeing it is to not have to worry about whether you will have to keep buying new pants because they ripped out in the crotch or new shirts because the buttons keep shooting off of them from that fat belly. Additionally, you never realize how precious having excellent health is until you've seen it seeping out of your body ever-so-slowly and then miraculously have it given right back to you.

That's EXACTLY what the Atkins diet did for me.

While the study participants who were on the Atkins diet only lost a modest 10 pounds in one year, the overwhelming majority of people (like these other low-carb weight loss succes stories) are able to lose A WHOLE LOT MORE WEIGHT when they have committed themselves fully to the low-carb diet as a lifestyle change that they will continue doing for the rest of their lives.

The health gurus think the Atkins/low-carb diet is okay as a temporary fix for weight loss, but don't stay on it for very long because it COULD POSSIBLY MAYBE PERCHANCE lead to health problems. Does this make any sense at all to you? Why would people who successfully lose weight on the Atkins diet want to change the method they used to lose the weight? Do these people think we're all a bunch of idiots or something?

This is an issue that just absolutely baffles me to no end. The double-speak that comes out of the mouths of "experts" purporting to provide dietary advice is glaring. On the one hand they say that it's okay to do the Atkins diet as long as you only do it for the short-term. But then without taking a breath, these same people assert that there are grave concerns over the long-term impact of eating a low-carb diet.

So which is it? That's like saying it's okay to breathe in methane gas into your lungs for an hour, but be sure you don't do it beyond that hour or it may be dangerous. If you truly believe something is hazardous to your health, then does it really matter how long you do it? Of course not! Yet, that's exactly what these people are saying about the Atkins diet. That's what people here in the South call bassackwards!

I know my low-carb weight loss success story is but one example out there, but it should not be dismissed by those who oppose the low-carb approach to weight loss and improved health. As much as they hate to admit it, I'm a living, breathing, alive-and-well example of someone who is living proof they are just plain WRONG when it comes to their opinions about the Atkins/low-carb nutritional approach. In fact, they couldn't be MORE wrong if they tried.

The truth about livin' la vida low-carb (that's the catchy phrase I use to describe my permanent commitment to the low-carb way of life now) is in the dramatic changes that happened in my life as a result of this amazing way of eating:

From 410 pounds to 220 pounds
From 62 inch waist to 38 inch waist
From 5XL shirt size down to XL
From HDL cholesterol of 23 up to 72
From triglycerides of 227 down to 43
From blood pressure of 180/95 down to 125/80
From body fat percentage of 52% down to 11%
From three prescription meds to ZERO in nine months

On and on I could go talking about the dramatic changes that happened to me, but suffice it to say they are endless. It saddens me that people have been pushed away from even trying to lose weight on the Atkins diet because of all the negativity they have heard from the media and the medical community. Let me encourage you to ignore the propaganda machine that is against low-carb and learn the truth about the health dangers of excessive consumption of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and junk food.

If you are overweight, obese, or just plain sick and reading this right now and deep within your heart want to believe the Atkins diet could work for you, then it's time to meet someone who has been through the pain of obesity, taken the steps to begin a new healthy low-carb lifestyle, implemented those changes in his life permanently, and never lost sight of where he has been or how far he has come.

It would be my distinct privilege if you would allow me the opportunity to interact with you via e-mail to bring you just a glimmer of hope and inspiration on this amazing journey. Write to me anytime with your questions or comments at

You may be interested in some other resources I have available, including my blog, my podcast show, and my book entitled Livin' La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year. I am so grateful for the chance to share my Atkins diet weight loss story with the world and make it abundantly clear that there are REAL people who have done VERY well on this diet despite what the low-fat spin doctors are saying.

Don't let the media and those so-called "experts" frighten you to the point that you do NOTHING about your weight and health. Do you want to see your health continue to decline? Probably not! But you need to take that first step and do low-carb the RIGHT way by constantly educating yourself about what it is all about and then DO IT!

If you are wanting to find what could very well be the lasting answer to your obesity problem, then how about giving the Atkins/low-carb diet a try. It quite literally changed the course of my life forever for the better and the same can happen for YOU, too!

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Blogger Lowcarb_dave said...

It's a clear case of the Diet Elite wanting to ignore scientific data.

Oh the Atkins Diet performed the best, but please don't do it. All diets work, calories in calories out - blah blah blah!

WHAT DO THEY WANT???? AN 80 YEAR STUDY???? We'll all be dead by then!

3/07/2007 6:46 PM  
Blogger Low Carb Chef said...

jimmy, you just keep right on doing the good work you are an inspiration and model for us all. my blood pressure spikes (but thank goodness my blood sugar stays steady!) when, after every positive study that gets published, the media grabs onto it and gets some nay-sayer who wasn't even involved to utter some disparaging comments to the tune of "yeah, but it's still not good". ugh.

hey, just want to update you quickly on what's been going on with me since we "talked" in january. i've started a Denver Low Carb Living Meetup support group that meets about every two weeks we've grown from 6 to 21 active members. we get together over a meal that i've prepared and talk tips, resources (of which you are always #1...) and recipes. the people involved are so inspiring and diverse...and the number one reason they say they like getting together with other low carbers is the "safe" and healthy food atmosphere...other people who understand and embrace the same food principles...i'm loving's really gratifying work. i even heard from one of my other idols, Laura Dolson, of's low carb diet site...she and you are the two sources i quote and post most often, reprinting articles and links for my group to learn from. okay, enough blather...just wanted to say "right on" to you, congrats on the tv appearance (i'm sure you were fab-u-lous) and continuing thanks for the inspiration that drives me to help others too...

Chef Bridget Hart

3/08/2007 12:19 AM  
Blogger Science4u1959 said...

An 80-year study? Indeed some of these idiots would love to see that. But let there be no mistake about it! Those studies already have been done! The Atkins diet (i.e. an controlled-carb nutritional approach) is as old as the road to Rome!

The fact of the matter is that low-carb diets are our natural diets, the diet the human body was designed for; the very diet humanity evolved, thrived, and survived on. It has been around for thousands -if not hundreds of thousands- of years!

All this incredible BS about their so-called "worries" about the "long-term effects" of low-carb dietary regimens is just that: pure, undiluted BS. Natural diets have been studied for hundreds of years by some of the most famous anthropologists, medical doctors and researchers in history and all of this is abundantly documented in the scientific literature.

And guess what? Nowhere negative effects have been reported. Not a single case. To the contrary: anthropologists, medical doctors, researchers and historians consistently report that indigenous people, ancient tribes and civilizations absolutely flourished on this natural, nutrient-dense hi-fat/low-carb diet.

As for modern long term studies: how about the much-abused and misquoted famous Harvard Nurses Study? If one really objectively looks at the data, as many world-class scientists have done, stunning proof for the superiority, effectiveness, safety and preventive characteristics of controlled-carb dietary regimens is already more than abundantly clear.

All these so-called arguments are nothing than a big load of crock. The proof is already there for anyone who cares to look at it. They just ignore it; "don't bother me with the facts, my mind is made up" - and the only way to change that stupid, shortsighted and arrogant attitude is to keep bombarding them with the cold, hard facts.

Eventually, some will see the light... and then the rest will follow, like sheep following the herd. Some "experts" eventually will change their attitude by doing their research by investigation instead of by proclamation. And that's when the breakthrough, the so sorely needed paradigm shift will get unstoppable momentum. I can't wait to see that happen!

3/08/2007 12:31 AM  
Blogger Jake Silver said...

I wonder if they are trying to say that it's too hard for people to stay on the low-carb diet? I don't see why people think Low Carb is so bad. It's wonderful! Anything to transition people AWAY from sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup and white stuffs.

3/08/2007 7:28 AM  
Blogger Calianna said...

"WHAT DO THEY WANT???? AN 80 YEAR STUDY???? We'll all be dead by then!"

Aha! Exactly their point! That atkins diet is deadly! ;)

They'll just conveniently ignore the fact that everyone on the low fat diet will be dead by then too...

3/08/2007 8:20 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS for your comments, everyone! I think I'm rubbing off on all of you now. :D

3/08/2007 8:45 AM  

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