In Defense of Dr. Atkins

Wednesday, February 25, 2004
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I’m laughing at the people who are laughing at Dr. Atkins. This was explained shortly after his death, and the Atkins naysayers keep attacking him, without anything behind their attacks.

The report, which reveals that the six-foot-tall Dr. Atkins was clinically obese when he died at 258 pounds, does not take into account that Dr. Atkins weighed 195 pounds on the day he fell into a coma after slipping on ice. His weight then increased due to fluid retention.

There have also been reports that Dr. Atkins had heart disease. However, Dr. Atkins suffered from a condition known as cardiomyopathy, in which chronic bacterial infection weakens the heart, and that is unrelated to diet.

Folks, Dr. Atkins did something radical, as this article says: “I have enormous respect for Dr. Atkins. He was a major pioneer and helped introduce the radical concept that insulin plays havoc with weight and avoiding grains and sugars is an essential component to lose weight.”

Bingo! Every lifestyle guru that comes along steals from Atkins – every single one of them. Carb talk is all the rage, everywhere you go, because Atkins put it on the map. Also, Dr. Mercola says, “However, Dr. Atkins’ program needed serious modification…” Another bingo!

Yes, diets don’t work, only lifestyle changes do. However, anyone who has empathy for others can understand the difficulty people have in changing from sedentary habits to exercise, and from sloppy, poor eating habits to healthy, planned eating. Essentially, most people are sedentary, and they aren’t going to get up off the couch and become gym rats, so they take the Atkins shortcut. And yes, they are losing muscle and not fat (without exercise), but over time, most Atkins followers do modify their diets. Typically, they learn from the induction period on how to eat better, and this is what the Atkins “diet” is meant to accomplish.

The Atkins induction period – along with its potentially, quick weight loss – is a way for them to get inspired and spur them along. Now, it’s not the healthiest way and most ideal way (to continue on a super-low carb diet indefinitely), but some people feel they need to do it.

Has there been one Atrkins naysayer – post his death – that has said anything useful? If there has been, I haven’t seen it.

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