Lose 44 percent more weight not following a low-fat diet

Lose 44 percent more weight not following a low-fat diet

The “experts” are still in a tailspin about recent research supporting the Atkins diet. They managed to ignore thousands of years’ worth of evidence showing that a high-fat, high-protein, low-carb diet is the healthiest way to eat, but once it made the pages of their trusty mainstream medical journals, they had to pay attention. But they didn’t have to like it. So now they’re doing their best to slant the evidence back to their side.

Sure, they concede that “the Atkins diet is effective and healthy in the short run.” But then they turn around and say “Atkins dieters regain much of the weight by the end of one year.” Boy, talk about waffling. Not to mention twisting the facts to suit your own purposes. Here’s what really happened:

Led by Gary Foster, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania reported that, at the end of a year, Atkins dieters regained about one-third of the weight. Their net loss averaged 9.7 pounds. The low-fat dieters regained about one-fifth of the weight, for a net loss of 5.5 pounds. “The year-end difference was not big enough to tell whether it was caused by the diets,” Foster said.

Hmmm, the people on the Atkins diet lost (and kept off) 44 percent more weight than the low-fat dieters–I’m not a biostatistician but that certainly looks like a huge difference to me.

Thousands of years down, thousands more to go

“The important finding,” Foster said, “is that the Atkins diet appears to be a healthy short-term way to lose weight. Nobody has studied it long enough to tell whether it is a healthy way to maintain that loss.” Well, he has a point. Aboriginal tribes around the world have “only” been eating a diet basically identical to the Atkins program for a few thousand years. Apparently, that isn’t enough to satisfy most of the “experts.” Take Dr. Michael Hamilton, for example. He wasn’t involved in any of the specific studies, but he was quoted as an “obesity researcher” in one of the articles I read:

“For the last 20 years that I’ve been helping people lose weight, I’ve been trashing the Atkins diet–without any real data to rely on,” said Hamilton. “Now we have some data to give us some guidance.” But, he said, now he would neither trash the Atkins diet nor endorse it. “I’m going to say I don’t know. The evidence isn’t in.”

Well, Mike, first let me congratulate you on admitting that you have been “trashing” the Atkins diet without knowing what you were talking about. That’s a good start; now you must admit that you are ignorant of the evidence that has been around since the beginning of mankind.

Maybe by the year 4000, Mike, Gary, and all of the other “experts” will finally have enough proof to convince them that the Atkins diet works.

Actions to take:

(1) In the meantime, eat your pork fat and all that other nutritious animal meat and protein. It’s the staff of life.

(2) Join the crusade to stamp out Kellogg’s, Krispy Kreme, Dairy Queen, Oreo cookies, Pepsi, vegetarianism, cholesterol phobia, and the fear-of-fat. Start by reading Dr. Weston Price’s classic book on the subject, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Check your local library to see if they have a copy. If not, it’s available in most bookstores, and from the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation (619-462-7600; www.price-pottenger.org).

(3) If you have any time left, you might want to read my book, The Milk Book, which reveals how Nestle has been poisoning babies in the third world for the last 50 years with fake milk and Fanta. You can order it from Rhino Publishing (www.rhinopublish.com). RH


“A Low-Carbohydrate as Compared with a Low-Fat Diet in Severe Obesity,” New England Journal of Medicine 2003; 348(21): 2,074-2,081

“A Randomized Trial of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet for Obesity” New England Journal of Medicine 2003; 348(21): 2,082-2,090

“Two studies vindicate the Atkins diet–but does the weight loss last?” Associated Press, 5/21/03

“New research on Atkins diet challenges 30 years of nutritional dogma,” Associated Press, 2/13/03