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Low-carb diet

Dieting Americans discover they can't pig out on low-carb foods and still lose weight

Sunday, July 18, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: low-carb diet, Atkins Diet, fad diets


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Popularity of the low-carb diet is edging downwards, say polls. The reason? More than half of all Americans who have tried the Atkins Diet and other low-carb diets have given up. The real issue here, however, isn't whether low-carb diets actually work (avoiding refined carbohydrates is extremely important for losing weight and preventing chronic disease), but why so many Americans leap from one fad diet to another in a desperate search to try anything other than what really works: healthy nutrition and regular physical exercise.

The problem with most Americans is two-fold. First, they're uninformed about how to make healthy food choices in the first place. Some people think white rice is healthy! Others think granola bars aren't really candy bars. And most believe that cow's milk will somehow help you lose weight! These are just some of the many examples of nutritional myths held by most Americans.

Secondly, most Americans want instant results that require no effort on their part. So any advice that asks them to avoid certain foods, alter their tastes for foods, or engage in physical exercise is likely to be ignored.

Americans want magic results: diet pills, prescription drugs and surgical procedures that help them "automatically" lose weight while, presumably, they keep on eating all the garbage that got them fat in the first place. And what happens with the Atkins diet is that most people will pig out on bacon, cheese, steaks, milk and other low-carb foods for two or three days. Then they'll get a carb craving and have a "cheat" day where they pig out on white bread, breakfast cereals, soft drinks, candy and desserts. Then they're back on the Atkins diet for two or three more days. This pattern very closely resembles the sort of diets followed by Sumo wrestlers who are trying to pack on 200+ pounds of body fat: it's a cycle of carb starvation and carb indulgence that's guaranteed to make you fat. No wonder so many people fail on Atkins!

However, if people would actually follow the Atkins Diet as described in the Atkins Food Guide Pyramid, they'd lose weight rapidly, and they'd keep it off for life. The fact remains that people who fail on the Atkins Diet simply aren't following it. They're cheating in subtle ways that really add up, like eating pizza but not counting the white flour crust as carbs.

Regardless of the long-term popularity of the Atkins Diet, it has done tremendous good in raising awareness about the dangers of eating refined carbohydrates, added sugars and disease-promoting ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup. And that will be long remembered by the American people who are already causing major upheavals in the food industry by avoiding processed foods containing refined carbohydrates.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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