Wow! The amount of people going on the new low-carbohydrate fad is amazing. Hopefully, they will all be successful and lose weight. Fads can be good now and then.
The best part of it is arguing with its ardent supporters. They refuse to listen to facts that don't seem to help their cause. For example, a high-carbohydrate diet generally ends in the dieter consuming a lesser amount of calories. People argue back and forth, though anyone who has tried it knows it. Since the body can only store a certain amount of carbohydrates, plus carbohydrates add to the feeling of satiation (not a "stuffed" feeling, rather, a "not hungry" one). if a person was to eat too many carbohydrates one day, and the next day he will inevitably eat less. The USDA has a small study of the lower-calorie aspect here.
Now, the intelligent Atkinizen will admit to this, but point out how that is not a factor. Well, i have yet to meet such a person.
Personally, i love carbohydrates. Matzoh (cracker made of *only* flour and water) tastes sweet to me. If it's thin and slightly burnt, i'm in heaven. I can eat one-fourth to half a loaf of bread at a meal (one-pound rye for example). Though, if it isn't white bread, i'd want some fatty spread on it.
For me, a diet is simple. No gimmicks. Lower intake, and/or increase outtake. When advocating this to Atkinizens they start babbling about the body resisting it. They fail to realize that if intake is decreased or outake is increased, the body cannot possibly produce the same amount of energy without going into the fat stores. They claim disbeleif, and this is about how far i get.
I understand why Atkinizens like their diet. Good, go for it. If it works, use it. But why must they bash the most logical diet of all. The one that will always work. Either expend more claories, or take in less calories. I challenged one such dieter to one-hundred dollars if it didn't work for him (he claims it won't). He almost took me seriously. I hope he does (if his current diet fails).
Bah. Just like the Evolutionists. Evolution *must* be true, so nothing else is. Yeah, there are those who think for themselves, and accept evolution as a possibility, or better put, as a methodology for further study, but they aren't the crazies. And they sure don't exist on solidus full-stop.
Well, Atkins diet's will be out within two years (popularity will be gone by the end of 2004, and the large groups will disappear in 2005). Then, it'll just be a diet that one can try if they'd like (like it was a few years ago) yet not given any godly status.