I really wasn't. I was going to avoid this discussion completely. Alas, my years as a debater have kicked my common sense into the ground yet again... so,
Having said this, I must admit I have not felt better on any diet as I have on Atkins. This diet makes me energetic, lively and slim. Health implications are not a factor for me as I do not have high cholesterol or diabetes, and I'm pretty sure my body's up for a little ketosis. Again, I fear the long term results because it just does not FEEL right eating loads of cheese and meat and eggs while leaving fruit and vegetables and complex carbs behind. SOmeone on this board sais they were up to 60 grams of carbs a day now. Oh wow - what's that? A potato? Please....
First of all, I want to state for the record that I do not follow the Atkin's plan (I'm currently doing a lower carb version of Body For Life). However, I have witnessed many people be very successful both in their weight losses and IMPROVE their cholestrol, HDL and triglycerides while following it. Many people are even able to get off their cholesterol, heart meds and insulin injections from being so successful following DANDR. Also, if you have read the book in full, or even visited the website, I'm sure you know that Dr. Atkins does not suggest to "leave fruit(s) and vegetables behind". Not even in the induction phase of the eating plan is this suggested. As one approches maintenance levels more and more fruits and veggies are added to the diet, even those higher up on the glycemic index than the green leafy veggies, broccolli, and berries that are reccomended for Induction.
"The AHA's recommendations are sound"
The AHA's recommendations are sound. Eat fruit in abundance and fat in moderation and weight and health will take care of themeselves. Oh ya folks - excercise plays a part in this too. I know a lot of us hate it, including me, but it's totally necessary to sweat it up frequently. The modern office job is pure evil. We work for the man getting nowhere fast while we can actually feel the fat forming on our asess. Thank God my work has a gym, which Iuse religiously every lunch hour for weight training. By the way, did you know that weight training counts as cardio and each pound of muscle burns twice as much as each pound of fat? Get those weights out!
-Says who? You? The AHA? LOL
If they are so sound, and if the ADA and AHA are the end all be all of dietary information, then why 1) are Americans more Obese than ever in the history of our nation since having implemented the Food Pyramid? (I assume you have read the NY Times article, at the very least ... if not, click here
Eat fruit in abundance and fat in moderation and weight and health will take care of themeselves.
I am living proof that this is not the case. There are many others here that will agree. I have always eaten well. I was vegetarian for 3 years even. And yet, although I was on the swim team, tennis team, AND soccer teams in high school, and ate better "balanced" diets than any of my friends, I was always a size 14. For people without weight problems, with properly functioning metabolisms, I will agree with you, such a diet will probably work for them. However, as I'm sure you've seen, most of us here have seen, heard, tried, and done it all - with no success. From Weight Watchers, to Jenny Craig, to Slim Fast, to other more extreme measures... it has been tried, and failed by most of us. Yet somehow this works. Pretty hard to dispute that, IMHO.
"Oh ya folks - excercise plays a part in this too.... By the way, did you know that weight training counts as cardio and each pound of muscle burns twice as much as each pound of fat? Get those weights out!"
I really have to laugh at this one! Have you actually browsed around this forum at all? You'll notice that the VAST MAJORITY of us work out regularly. Feel free to peek into my gym log any time (link will be posted at the bottom of this post), or Natrushka's... or any of the Gym Logs found in the Exercise Forums section.
Also, if you want hard core studies to verify LC living, as a way of life, not just a "quick fix", doreen T
has posted MANY links throughout this forum to MANY articles in favor of Low-Carbing, as well as Natrushka
, and our own TrainerDan
Rather than posting the links to the studies, I thought you might get a kick out of reading through a recent thread initated by "Infuriator": Click Here
I'm sure you'll find it both amusing and enlightening.
Have a great day! Good luck with your Hockey!