Friday, April 22, 2005

Don't Mix Low-Carb With Low-Fat

Now here is an interesting article from Reuters about low-carb:

"Weight Drops on Low Carbs with More Fat or Protein"

It compares people who do a high-fat, moderate-protein eating plan with those who do a low-fat, high-protein one. According to the study of Australian researchers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they found no measurable weight loss difference between the two groups over a 12-week time period.

Now I have a problem with this "study." Mixing low-carb and low-fat is not a recipe for weight loss you want to attempt to do. These two methods for losing weight simply were never meant to be combined. I DO NOT recommend doing this and HIGHLY recommend you stick with low-carb as outlined by Dr. Atkins. You will only get discouraged because you will be hungry all the time and you will quit in a very short amount of time due to frustration and exasperation!

The story continues, "However, many questions about low-carb diets remain -- including whether the eating plans keep the weight off and whether they might have ill effects on health in the long term."

This is the same old garbage we keep hearing in the media about the so-called questions regarding the "long-term effects" of eating a low-carb lifestyle. Well, I can tell you that I have not had any negative effects on my health since losing 180 pounds on low-carb and I have kept the weight off for 4 months. I fully intend on eating this way for the rest of my life and proving these people wrong!

Again from the article: "Some experts worry about the eventual effects on the heart and blood vessels, particularly when people follow diets that are heavy in saturated fats from meat and dairy products. In addition, the metabolic effects of high-protein, high-fat diets may deplete minerals in the bones or stress the kidneys."

What these "experts" fail to realize is that people on low-carb NEED fat in the foods they eat to burn as fuel and to help them feel satisfied between meals. These claims about potential health problems in the future are merely scare tactics they are throwing out there to prevent people from livin' la vida low-carb! These bombastic claims are unfounded and should be ignored because there are countless examples like me who can vouch for the merits of doing low-carb the way it was meant to be done.

Finally, though, there was some sense of sanity in this article: "However, as [University of Adelaide professor Dr. Peter M.] Clifton pointed out, neither diet was 'radical,' with each being relatively low in the saturated fat and balanced in nutrient content. 'Either diet would be sustainable in the long term,' he said."

Dr. Clifton is right. Low-carb lifestyles are good for long-term weight loss success. That's the story of my life over the past year and a half and my book will detail the specifics regarding what all I did to lose the weight. Keep reading this blog to learn more about the low-carb lifestyle and to read my reaction to media reports about low-carb. Together we will tear down the wall of lies built up by those who oppose the low-carb lifestyle.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, what you should not mix are carbs and fat. Then you end up with diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other circulatory problems.

4/26/2005 5:20 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

This explains perfectly why people gain back weight and lose their health when they "get off" low-carb. It is dangerous to mix fat and carbs. EXCELLENT POINT, MARY!

4/26/2005 10:16 PM  

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