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In the News: Atkins Good?

Go ahead, roll your eyes. Quite frankly I get tired of talking about the Atkins diet, but, like all fads people can’t get enough of it. And to make matters worse, yesterday it was reported that Atkins beat out other diets like the Zone and the Ornish diet. Lindsey Tanner of the Associated Press covered it:

Overweight women on the Atkins plan lost more weight over a year than those on the low-carb Zone diet. And they had slightly better blood pressure and cholesterol readings than those on the Zone; the very low-fat, high-carb Ornish diet, and a low-fat, high-carb diet similar to U.S. government guidelines.


Stanford University researcher Christopher Gardner, the lead author, said the study shows that Atkins may be more healthful than critics contend.

But the study isn't a fair comparison because by the end, few women were following any of the diets very strictly, critics argue, although those in the Atkins group came the closest.

The study "had a good concept and incredibly pathetic execution," said Zone diet creator Barry Sears.

Now, I’m sure this whipped all the low-carb lemmings into some sort of frenzy. No doubt they’re flaunting their junk science and kissing the feet of the new low-carb diet expert of the month. Take Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb for example:

While low-carb weight loss success stories like mine are interesting and important in communicating the message that the Atkins diet really works for people, the real difference in our culture will come when more and more research like this one today is brought to the attention of family doctors and those who work directly with overweight and obese patients. People trust their doctors and will heed their advice about diet. Now if we can only get the healthcare community to absorb this research.


If that happens (and I believe it will at some point), then it could very well bring about the much-needed paradigm shift within the world of diet, health, and nutrition that has been needlessly dominated by what has been proven in another JAMA study last year to be the high-carb, low-fat lie for far too long. Keep the low-carb research coming because sooner or later the truth will break through. Hopefully, not before it's too late.

Just keep rolling your eyes. Even still, I wanted to ask Dr. Fuhrman what he thought about all this. His answer gets right to the point. He said, “This shows that all these diets stink and people desperately need to Eat to Live.” Now, at the risk of sounding like a brownnoser, Dr. Fuhrman’s absolutely right. Pitting Atkins against these diets is like comparing a bucket of rotten eggs to pile of garbage, they both stink.

The truth is Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live diet style puts them all to shame, but since it involves eating lots of veggies and giving up our emotional attachments to food, you’ll never hear about it. Just take a look at how other diets—including Atkins—fail to stack up against Eat to Live when it comes to lowering cholesterol. From the library of DrFuhrman.com:


And here, check out how Eat to Live’s nutrient content seriously overshadows that of the Atkins diet. Short and Long-Term Dangers of High-Fat Diets has more on this:


Okay, so I think I’ve wasted enough of your time proving a point that research already has. But, in the off chance that you’re still on the fence about the Atkins diet, take a gander at DiseaseProof’s Diet Myths category and you’ll find plenty of posts refuting the lunacy that is the low-carb lifestyle.

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Peter Bircsak - March 7, 2007 12:35 PM

forgot the email address on my comment.. sorry .....I was just rolling my eyes on this study...Thanks Gerald for your always stimulating/humorous comments. Pete

Mary - March 7, 2007 3:52 PM

I read that article in the news paper today. I was completely shocked. You're right, all those diets suck.

Sara - March 8, 2007 10:08 AM

By the way, the amount lost in a whole year on this so-called "best" diet was a measly 10 pounds.

row - March 8, 2007 11:32 AM

sara, good point. the atkins people the ,"so-called, best diet", followed the diet the closet compared to all the other diet programs, after a year and only losing 10lbs they were still all over weight.

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