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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-12-04 01:36 PM
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Here's why I choose not to go on Atkins
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Obesity percentage in Italy:

Male: 6.5%
Female: 6.3%

In the United States:

Male: 19%
Female: 25%

Need I say more? The land of pizza, pasta, bread, and all things carbohydrate seems to have much less of a problem staying lean and mean than we do across the water. Say it with me: "sensible portions, avoid junk food, exercise."

That there should be such an abomination as "low-carb bread or pasta" , let alone "low-carb beer" just goes to show how messed up our priorities are here. Here's the Mediterranean pyramid:

People on this diet, from Morocco and Tunisia to Crete and Southern Italy, had among the lowest rate of chronic disease and the highest life-expectancy, despite in many cases having limited access to advanced medical treatment.

There is *nothing* magic about removing most carbs from your diet. You lose weight by eating fewer calories than you burn. You avoid the blood sugar roller coaster by avoiding junk food and/or exercising. The obesity epidemic is coincident with a rise in consumption (of *all* foods) and a rise in indolence. Nothing wrong with doing Atkins if you want to, but it is in my opinion the wrong reaction to a cultural predisposition towards poor eating and general laziness. Put down the Thickburger and lift up the pesto. Leave the house, the TV, the computer and other sedentary activities behind. Get thee to a local park for some serious walking, biking or running.

No indictment of Atkins, but in my view its casting of carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread and pasta as the villain is patently ridiculous.
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