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A silk purse in the bush 
30th-Oct-2003 03:45 pm
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
The Atkins diet and abused metaphors.

In some ways I'm tempted to try the Atkins diet but I doubt I could give up carbs.
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30th-Oct-2003 05:07 pm (UTC)
the atkins 'diet' is bullshit anyways. you don't want any part of it.
30th-Oct-2003 08:23 pm (UTC)
Huh. I lost forty pounds while lowering my blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. If that's bullshit, then serve me up another pile o' cowchips, please. I'm not actually using Atkins, though- but something nearly identical to it.

Ash: despite my disbelief, it actually does get easier after the first twoo weeks. The tough part is at night, when I'm watching TV or playingon the computer- I habitually snack then, and it's hard to resist the temptation. My primary problem, though, is that I've plateaued. I lost the forty pounds, but haven't gotten anywhere since then. Mainly becasue it's that time of year where all of my relative's birthdays and the holidays hit, and I don't have the will power to resist on occasions like that.
31st-Oct-2003 06:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is a pretty odd article.

My sis lost ~60 lbs on an Atkins plan and has kept it off for years, even with moderate carb intake. She had similar improvement in cholesterol levels. One side effect of ditching most carbs, she noticed, was that she ate more veggies as side dishes, which can't be a bad thing.

A doc with the AHA released a study last year, comparing Atkins with the AHA's diet plan; the low-carb folks ate more calories, lost more weight, and had better cholesterol results than the AHA group.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2002-11-18-adkins_x.htm

Most of the medical criticism comes from models of what should happen (all bad) but the few actual studies are much more positive. Hopefully the research will continue.
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