Is This Shocking to You?
If it is, you’re entirely normal. It contradicts the mythology that says the only way to be fit, slim, and healthy is to pursue low fat dieting, first, last, and always. That mythology is based on some well observed scientific facts poorly interpreted. This mythology is mostly harmful, because a moderate low fat diet, which allows you to eat sugar, white flour, and other processed junk food, isn’t healthy at all. And an extreme low fat diet, which can be healthy if it excludes junk, is simply too austere for most people and infinitely more austere than the Atkins diet.
I also shouldn’t have to tell you that moderate low fat dieting like the low calorie dieting that preceded it is a complete wipeout when it comes to permanent weight loss. So big a wipeout that it’s a major national embarrassment. On calorie restrictive and or low fat diets, only three to five percent of dieters succeed in keeping their excess pounds off.
All you experienced dieters know that the test of a good diet is keeping the weight off. Any diet vigorously pursued can take those ounces and inches off initially. But, once a low calorie low fat dieter can no longer tolerate the biologic gap between hunger and fulfillment found on such diets, what a rebound follows!
Meanwhile, the vast majority of those committed to following the Atkins diet have had little or no difficulty in maintaining their ideal weight after weight loss.
Whenever I talk about diet on my nightly radio show on WOR in New York, people call me up to tell me they’ve been on the diet for five years, or ten, or twenty, and they feel great. Fat? No, it never came back. I smile and congratulate them. And inside, I’m chuckling merrily. What they’re telling me is that it’s not just my own patients who’ve succeeded on the Atkins diet.
But then, dieting success on a properly managed low carbohydrate diet is almost inescapable.
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