Fri Jan 6, 2012, 10:33 PM
Odin2005 (53,521 posts)
Dr. Robert Atkins. Was he a genius, a quack, both?
I strongly agree with him that the high-carb, low-fat diet promoted by mainstream nutritionists is actually unhealthy and fattening (And IMO is all about maximizing the profits of Agribusiness). In my experience when I eat carb-rich foods I'll feel hungry again in a couple hours, but when I eat a meal with lots of protein and fat I actually feel full for as long as 10 hours afterwards, and therefore I eat less.
On the other hand, he seems to have went off the deep end in his later years into the nutritional supplement woo. Thinking, for example, that high doses of Vitamin B12 cures Autism.
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Dr. Robert Atkins. Was he a genius, a quack, both? (Original post)
Response to EvolveOrConvolve (Reply #1)
Sat Jan 7, 2012, 12:42 PM
lazarus (27,383 posts)
the only problem with the atkins diet, to me, was how boring it was. I couldn't stay on it for more than a few months, and the weight came right back.
Response to Odin2005 (Original post)
Sun Jan 8, 2012, 01:24 PM
HuckleB (35,773 posts)
4. In terms of understanding and following the scientific process, he was a quack.
He may have made some very rough guesses that might turn out to have some accuracy to them, but that's not genius. That's really something anyone can do.