March 15, 2004

Lisa: The world is round? Nonsense!

There has been a lot of anti-Atkins sentiment going around lately. I mentioned here about six months ago that I was going on the Atkins diet (or rather, changing my eating patterns to fit the Atkins nutritional approach), and I have been faithfully following it ever since. So far I have lost about 35 pounds, with another five to go. I have never stuck to a diet before in my life. On Atkins, I not only look a lot better, but I feel a lot better. I have more energy and fewer mood swings (and hardly any unexplainable crying). Here's the thing--I am sick of people telling me that my lifestyle of choice is unhealthy. Atkins isn't about eating pound after pound of bacon, topped with cheese and a stick of butter. It's about avoiding processed flour, processed sugar, and caffeine. I'm pretty sure that all doctors (and garage mechanics) would agree that cutting those things out of your diet will not only help you lose weight, but also be generally healthier! And of COURSE people who go off the diet gain the weight back! Their regular diet is what made them fat in the first place!!!

OK. I'm backing away from the computer eat my delicious, low carb lunch of grilled chicken with pesto and sauteed vegetables.

Posted by lisa at March 15, 2004 02:09 PM

Tell that to my floormate who is also "on the Atkins diet." He eschews fruits because of their high-carb content and eats many greasy sausages and meatballs. Oh, and of course, tons of cheese. Too many people approach the Atkins diet as "cut all carbs, ignore fat and grease content." And this seems to be the most common "Atkins diet" around, the reason I deem it "stupid and foolish." Your "Atkins dietary lifestyle" seems sensible, but I just can't imagine endorsing ANYTHING that condemns fruit! Oranges! Apples! Bananas! Grapes!

Several years ago, I cut out fast food from my life, and I lost a fair amount of weight. And the great part is that I CAN'T gain it back. Greasy food makes me nauseous, and the items come back up. I'm sure the oils in the food help for esophagal lubrication.

I could also never do the Atkins diet because... I "EW" at most meat. I can eat some fish, chicken, and turkey. All other meet really grosses me out.

But I have a friend whose dad is on the Atkins diet... But he's also vegan. So his meals now consist of tofu. Lots and lots of tofu.

Somebody take the cue for a pun here.

Posted by: Gemini6ice on March 15, 2004 05:09 PM

It would be hard to stick to Atkins as a vegan--I'm afraid your friend's dad will get tired of the diet pretty fast. Just out of curiosity, is your floormate losing weight?

Posted by: lisa on March 16, 2004 09:07 AM

I think he's gone down one or two pant sizes in the past year.

And I was looking for someone to say that my friend's dad is being "tofoolish."

Posted by: Gemini6ice on March 17, 2004 12:05 AM
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