Skip to comments.A Diet Manifesto: Drop the Apple and Walk Away
Posted on 01/02/2011 3:16:05 PM PST by neverdem
Another year ends, and still the war drags on. In the final salvo of 2010, the combatants are lobbing fruit.
Not literally, of course, though they might like to: The long war of the weight-loss diets has aroused passions just about as overheated as those of any military conflict.
How is a person best advised to lose extra weight and retreat from diabetes and heart disease? Count calories, cut fat and fill up on fruits and vegetables? Or turn instead to a high-protein, high-fat...
In the opposite corner we have Gary Taubes, the science journalist who has thrown in his lot with the high-fat, high-protein crowd, arguing in his new book that the overweight should just put down their apples and walk away: If were predisposed to put on fat, its a good bet that most fruit will make the problem worse, not better.
But those who are curious about the science behind it all could do worse than to pick up Mr. Taubess book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It.
And the only one of these hormones under even a smidgen of voluntary control is insulin. At this point Mr. Taubes merges onto the narrative highway traveled by all low-carb advocates: The bodys insulin levels are largely determined by ingested carbohydrates, and for some people the high-carb foods that stimulate insulin secretion and cravings for more high-carb foods are, in this worldview, just so much poison.
So that apple a filling package of fiber and vitamins to the Weight Watchers folks is just a serving of fructose to Mr. Taubes. Fructose is the problematic sugar our bodies turn to fat the most readily, and if you are programmed to be fat, an apple will make you that much fatter...
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I’m type A and lost 20lbs in about 5 months by reducing portions and some moderate exercise 3x per week.
Ate meat. Lots of meat. Just watched portions to control calories to about 1800 per day.
Your post is full of sense and wisdom.
I went on the Dukan Diet.
I lost a lot of weight fairly easily. It’s very popular in Europe. So much so that there are restaurants in France and England that cater to the dieter’s meal plans.
Combined with Pilates I look freakin’ amazing.
Yes, you have some ‘splainin to do :)
To amend my last post, I am no longer a diabetic and my doctors is amazed.
That’s interesting, thank you.
Now that I’m 50 meat-flavored gum isn’t so appealing. LOL
In fact, I don’t think I’ve even chewed gum in about 20 years when the stuff pulled a filling out. I’m a wintergreen Altoids gal when the need for breath freshening strikes.
I could see my Jack Russell liking bacon gum. It might even improve his breath. :)
Your gratuitous insult shows you to be a jerk and just negated anything your post might have been correct about.
Simply put, one's if one's caloric intake exceeds the consumption rate then one will put one weight and I don't care who shares that viewpoint.
Mankind has only had a few generations where lack of nutritious food wasn't the main enemy, and even that is not universal as much of the world still still struggles with food or dietary shortages and associated illnesses.
Look at TV from the 60's or 70's and see how slim the people were and that was because they didn't eat hugh portions and were more physically active. Simple enough for even you to understand it.
I’m blood type A, and feel better on Atkins (which, contrary to popular opinion, includes fruits and vegetables), eliminating any breads, noodles, cakes, candies, etc. My spouse is blood type O and feels better on veggies.
But bread is sooooooo good! Hubby and I started an Atkins type diet a month before Thanksgiving. The weight drops off almost immediately, but lack of discipline during holidays packs those pounds right back on. And then there’s the food at a restaurant we found last week.
Low carb diets work if you stay disciplined. We began again today. lol (after having dulce de leche cheesecake for the past two days. that is some good stuff!)
Yep. I had veggies but, I did avoid fruit. I’m one of those that fruit would just stop the diet dead in its tracks.
I’m not sure I’d like meat flavored gum either. I love wintergreen gum or mints.
One of the reasons my mother died at such a young age of 54 was diet pills.
Yes, she was overweight; but the diet pills gave her a heart attack and other things.
I will never touch one.
I LOVE being able to eat berries - it’s so easy to pack some frozen strawberries into a container. By the time I’m ready for my snack, they’ve thawed and are just right. :-)
Finally found someone to take the spare bags off of our hands!
I like berries, too, just not on the Atkins diet. :)
Blood type A- here. Had no problems with Atkins. But "intermittent fasting" works better, faster, and healthier.
Twinkie Diets are cannibalism. %O/