Greater interest in low-carb diets in 2007

Filed under: Low-carb Tips — @ January 16, 2007

The feedback I have received from hundreds of brand new readers here at CarbWire who have put me on an all-time record pace for pageviews this month has kept me a busy bee lately. I enjoy reading every single e-mail that comes my way and wanted to share a few of the ones that may interest you.

Here’s an e-mail from a man who is contemplating a diet called No White At Night by Bill Gavin:

Jimmy, you are an inspiration! Let me make that clear. I am on my own weight loss journey, but it’s been a hard one. I’m now down to about 305 from a high of about 389. I’m about 6′ tall. I hit a spirit-killing plateau last summer and tried just about everything to get the weight moving again. I even hired a personal trainer and started working with weights. I wasn’t doing a low-carb diet, instead doing >moderate everything, counting calories, and exercising. I also realized I needed to increase my water intake, so I’m doing that now.

I recently checked a book out of the library called “No White at Night.” Have you heard of it? Do you have an opinion of it? I saw your review of the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet (which I did several years ago), but this diet is slightly different from that one.

Here are the basic principles:

  1. Eat 3 meals/day (though I do 5)
  2. Protein at every meal
  3. No starches/sweets at night

I’m working my mother to help her lose weight because she’s extremely overweight and in poor health. She’s GOT to lose weight. My mom’s doctor won’t approve Atkins (I already asked), but I figured this plan would be good for us both. Since she’s diabetic, it’s possible I am having insulin metabolic resistance. I’ve never been tested as a full-blown diabetic, but that doesn’t mean I’m not suffering from hyperinsulinemia.

So, my basic question is whether you think this approach can work, or if you are just for straight Atkins. Thanks, and keep up the good work.

Hmmm, this plan certainly sounds interesting, but it’s not that different from Atkins. My only concern is eating the “white” foods during the day. If they changed the book to “No White During The Day Or At Night,” then THAT would be a plan I could throw my full support behind. :)

As for your doctor not approving Atkins for your mother, tell him you want to put her on a healthy diet consisting of removing the sugar, white flour, starchy vegetables, and processed foods and replacing those things with low-glycemic fruits like berries as well as green leafy veggies. How much you wanna bet that doctor would say “Oh, that’s really healthy.” What they don’t even realize is that perfectly describes the Atkins diet! This kind of ignorance is everywhere.

Speaking of doctor ignorance, here’s another e-mail from a lady who wants to go on the South Beach diet, but her doctor said it will cause her cholesterol to go up:

For the past couple of weeks I have been researching low-carb diets, reading books etc. I have been doing this in order to decide which eating planning will work best for my husband and I. We need to lose some weight and recently were told by our doctor that our cholesterol was a little high. I finally made a decision to put my husband and I on ‘The South Beach Diet’ because I felt it would work with our lifestyle the best and easiest. I was really excited after reading Dr. Agatston’s book on the diet and was excited about the possible outcome with our weight and health.

However when I called the doctor’s office today to get the okay from our doc before going on this diet the nurse told me the diet wasn’t good for lowering cholesterol. Now I am really discouraged and confused. How can there be so many different opinions about this subject? I wouldn’t imagine a cardiologist recommending a diet that wouldn’t help lower cholesterol. Now I am stuck and in need of some suggestions from you.

I haven’t started any diet as of yet, for this very reason. I don’t want to be in the middle of something and either get discouraged or told it wasn’t a healthy choice for me. I was on Atkins a few years ago and I felt very ill on that diet. I had heart palpitations and I was weak. I did however lose weight. I know that Dr. Agatston doesn’t agree with Atkins on some points, but now my doctor doesn’t agree with South Beach.

I am reallty trying to make the best decision here before changing a lifestyle and then having to change it again. Any input would be appreciated.

This is the kind of thing that REALLY angers me more than anything. Here’s someone who wants to seriously do something for herself and her husband about their weight and health problems and yet it is the doctor standing in the way and actually DISCOURAGING them from doing SOMETHING! UGH! I’d really like to ask these doctors like this one a very pointed question–Which is worse, low-carb or obesity? There’s no doubt what the right answer is.

Here was my response to this e-mail:

THANKS for writing and sharing your concerns about low-carb raising your cholesterol. It doesn’t matter which low-carb plan you choose, your doctor is not gonna like it. Mine didn’t before I started on Atkins in 2004, but I did it anyway.

Also, if you haven’t seen my interview with Australian independent researcher Anthony Colpo yet, then it’s worth checking out. He spent years looking at all of the scientific data to determine the truth about cholesterol and its implications on our health. He wrote a book called “The Great Cholesterol Con” that details the results of his extensive examination of this issue.

I’ll warn you now, if you want to start on any low-carb plan–whether it’s Atkins, South Beach, Protein Power, or whatever–you are going to run into naysayers, especially in the medical community. They are living on the research that took place many decades ago and have not updated their knowledge to the latest studies. Please take time to read all the links I provided because it will expand your understanding and give you peace about going on South Beach.

Hope this helps! Take care!

Thankfully, there are SOME doctors out there who realize how awesome livin’ la vida low-carb is. Meet Dr. Rick Boatright who found me doing a search recently and he is doing some fantastic work helping people with Type II diabetes overcome their challenges with the disease thanks to low-carb.

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