Look at ANY culture that eats low fat, high carb diets with little fat and you know what? They are all thin.
Carbohydrates are an energy source. If you eat to many carbs, you will get fat. I dont know what the energy level of you all is so I can not tell you what to eat. Look at long distance runners that carbo-load... are THEY fat?
If you are a couch potato and stuff yourself with pasta all day, guess what? You will get fat!!! Gee, that thought process is really difficult, eh?
Fat itself is not bad for you. It is one of the three macro-nutrients. Americans eat to much fat. SO what did they do after they stopped eating to much fat? They ate to many carbs! Pathetic, how about not eating so damn much? :D
The scientific and empirical evidence is far to great to take this article seriously. Try this on for size. If you exercise hard and eat only 1000 calories a day, you WILL lose weight. It does not matter where those calories come from.
If you train HARD and restrict your carb intake, you will feel like crap. Trust me, I know. I have not gotten enough carbs and felt drained... literally. Fat, Carbs, and protein are the three macro-nutrients and they have been scientifically analyzed and the mystery is gone people.
When people disagree with me they usually put it something like this...
"I cut out ALL fat(Not a good idea.) from my diet and stuffed myself silly on thousands of calories of carbs and GAINED WEIGHT!!! See, its the Carbs!!!!"
Someone mentioned the "Pig Diet". I wonder if that person is aware of the physiological term "Ketosis". It is not good and that is the condition your body is in when you deplet yourself of carbs. When Zoologists find animals like this in the wild, they consider them SICK.
I am not telling people to avoid fat or protein, they are INTEGRAL, but so to are carbs. Whenever I post something like this, everyone says "Proteins great!", or "Fat is neccesary!" No kidding, read the post. Can you dig it?
Right on target.
If one wants to go from being fat and flabby to thin and flabby, go the Atkins route.
If one wants to be lean and healthy, exercise and lower fat intake.
Nonsense. I am a weight trainer, among many, who is on a low carb diet. If you believe that you run out of energy when you run out of carbs, what do you do when you run out of glycogen after twenty minutes? Just stop? Go gorge down another potato?? Of course you don't. The difference between a low carber and a high carber is that the low carber moves right into fat stores immediately, whereas the high carber moves into thier fat stores when thier glycogen is used up after 20 minutes.
Further, carbs give you an inefficient source of energy in that they cause blood sugar spikes and crashes. When you carb up, you actually have LESS energy to work out because your blood sugar crashes later. Whereas a low carber is depending on a steady source of fuel [fat and protein] that does not cause this spike and crash phenomenom.
What is VERY important that most people never even mention, is PROTEIN! [this silly obsession with carbs is mystifying!] If you are exercising, it is very important that you have an adequate protein intake. This helps with the muscle repair and regeneration and also helps with the energy level. You are much better off focusing on protein than carbs.
As the article says, ketosis is not a bad metabolic state for most people (there are a few exceptions, like when you're taking certain medications that can cause kidney stones). Ketoacidosis is a bad metabolic state, but that is something altogether different.
Of course--that is the basis of the high protein, low carb diet. Many of the people on it probably know more about ketosis than you do, despite your smug question.