An Interview With ‘Diet Detective’ Charles Platkin

Filed under: Celebrity — @ June 19, 2006

Charles Stuart Platkin, the author, syndicated newspaper columnist and health advocate better known as “The Diet Detective,” agreed to an interview with me despite the fact he has said some rather disparaging things about the low-carb lifestyle previously at my blog, including that nobody should be on low-carb because 98 percent of people fail and that it is not good for the long-term. Sigh.

Nevertheless, he wanted to be interviewed and I appreciate his open and honest answers to my questions about low-carb living, even if I did disagree with some of what he said.

Here are a few highlights from the interview:

“When I was just ten years old, I pleaded with my parents to buy me Dr. Atkins’ diet book so that I could finally lose weight. But once I understood and was able to apply the principles of behavior change, I did an about-face and was able to lose more than 50 pounds and, perhaps even more importantly, have kept it off for more than 10 years.”
“I guess what concerns me most [about low-carb diets] is that I believe saturated fat really does clog your arteries.”
“I do think some of the resistance to low-carb and no-carb diets has been a product of concern that the overall eating habits of such dieters will prove just as detrimental to their long-term health as obesity has proven to be.”
“My inclination is to believe, overall, it


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