posted on Jan, 4 2005 @ 10:18 PM
For one thing (this has to do with diet but bear with me), if everyone started doing the low-carb diet, diabetes type 2 would plummet. I have
relatives who are diabetics, and their doctors keep putting them on high carbohydrate, low fat diets.
The thing is, the higher your carb intake, the more insulin you need to put out. Pharmaceutical companies probably stand to lose a lot of money so I
bet they're in cahoots with these doctors, nutritionists, etc., trying to say--falsely--that low-carb diets are dangerous. They tell you ketosis is
dangerous. Now what is ketosis? That's where the body burns its stored fat--and isn't that why you diet in the first place?
I've noticed that cutting back carbs acts as a diuretic. The more insulin you have going in your system, the more sodium your body retains, the more
water you retain. That's why a low-carb diet is good for lowering blood pressure.
BTW the idea behind Atkins is, start out doing no more than 20 grams per day for the first two weeks. Fiber is not included in the carb count. Week
3, do 25 grams per day, week 4 30 grams, and so on, until you start gaining or break even. That tells you what your level is.
Some people scream that the brain needs glucose. Actually, the brain benefits from ketosis. I can say from first-hand experience that while on
Atkins I can think more clearly and have more energy.
Bottom line: People following a low-carb, high-fat diet are a threat to pharmaceutical companies' profit margin. Yes, high-fat is good for you
(just not trans-fat). I have gained weight on low-fat diets. They don't work.