Low-Carb Diet Takes Center Stage On Larry King Friday Night

Filed under: Television — @ October 17, 2007

Gary Taubes takes on the king of cable television talk, Larry King!

In case you haven’t heard yet, Good Calories, Bad Calories author and New York Times science journalist Gary Taubes will be the special guest appearing Friday, October 19, 2007 on CNN’s “Larry King Live” show beginning at 9pm EST. The topic of conversation will be the “Great Diet Debate” and will shine the national spotlight on livin’ la vida low-carb in ways that haven’t been seen since Dr. Atkins was alive.

This discussion about fat consumption being healthy and carbs being the root cause of obesity and disease will also feature a rather distinguished panel of “experts”:


Best known as Oprah Winfrey’s diet guru, he is definitely in the low-fat, low-calorie, portion control camp.


Natural health advocate and alternative remedy promoter who also follows the low-fat line of thinking.


One of these three trainers on the hit NBC-TV reality show “The Biggest Loser” will participate. Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels are mindful of how carbohydrate-restriction are helpful for some with weight loss, but Kim Lyons is a low-fat and low-calorie puppet.


Okay, I’m gonna ask it…why is she on this panel? Other than being known for her outspoken liberal beliefs on ABC’s daytime talk show The View, what substantive comments could she add to this discussion? We’ll see, I guess.

The show is soliciting comments and questions from people about this topic, so let’s show our support for livin’ la vida low-carb by writing to them with our personal experiences. Here’s what I just submitted to CNN for the Larry King LIVE show on Friday night:

For the guests who will disagree with Taubes’ book:

I lost 180 pounds in 2004 on the Atkins diet and have kept it off ever since by continuing to eat a diet consisting of 70% fat, much of which is saturated fat. Once weighing in at over 400 pounds, now I’m closer to 200 thanks to the low-carb lifestyle.

More importantly than the weight loss are the improvements in my health, coming off of three prescriptions and becoming athletic for the first time in my entire life. If low-carb is at least a viable option for people like me to shed the pounds and improve our health, then why can’t we at the very least have government and health leaders recommending it as another option alongside the low-fat and “balanced” diet mantra that currently exists?

How about adding your voice to the comments and be sure to watch as Gary Taubes enters the arena of ideas espousing low-carb living in a low-fat world! GO GARY!


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