With all the attention being paid to the Atkins diet today following the release of this major study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, I have to admit I am personally disturbed by what I have witnessed as an antagonistic demeanor amongst the health elites responding to the healthy low-carb nutritional approach.
As I noted in this blog post regarding a teleconference call debate between Dr. Michael Dansinger and Dr. James Hill that took place on Tuesday night (CLICK HERE for the audio), the spin coming from the low-fat diet supporters on this new positive Atkins diet study is this: sure, you can lose weight following the Atkins, low-carb diet, but the impact is only for the short-term–there is no evidence that anyone can possibly stay on a diet like this beyond one year.
In response to that ridiculous claim, I only have to look in my own mirror to know that assessment is about as far away from the truth as it can possibly be. Why? Because I lost 180 pounds in one year on the Atkins diet three years ago. Yep, that’s me–Jimmy Moore–and I am all too happy to share my low-carb weight loss success since these so-called health “experts” choose to ignore people like me.
Do you want to take a wild guess what happened to my weight after the end of that one year when I lost 180 pounds? Did I simply balloon back up to 410 pounds again and prove these “experts” were right that people can’t keep a low-carb diet up over the long-term? Yeah right! NOT!
Um, I hate to break the news to ’em, but not only have I kept the 180 pounds I lost in 2004 off of my body, but I’ve dropped an additional ten pounds in the process. And, more importantly, my weight has remained stable for well over two years now–the longest such stint in my 35 years of life where I haven’t seen drastic weight fluctuations. Check out my dramatic BEFORE and AFTER pictures!
Unless you’ve walked in my shoes as a morbidly obese man, then you cannot possibly know how incredibly freeing it is to not have to worry about whether you will have to keep buying new pants because they ripped out in the crotch or new shirts because the buttons keep shooting off of them from that fat belly. Additionally, you never realize how precious having excellent health is until you’ve seen it seeping out of your body ever-so-slowly and then miraculously have it given right back to you.
That’s EXACTLY what the Atkins diet did for me.
While the study participants who were on the Atkins diet only lost a modest 10 pounds in one year, the overwhelming majority of people (like these other low-carb weight loss succes stories) are able to lose A WHOLE LOT MORE WEIGHT when they have committed themselves fully to the low-carb diet as a lifestyle change that they will continue doing for the rest of their lives.
The health gurus think the Atkins/low-carb diet is okay as a temporary fix for weight loss, but don’t stay on it for very long because it COULD POSSIBLY MAYBE PERCHANCE lead to health problems. Does this make any sense at all to you? Why would people who successfully lose weight on the Atkins diet want to change the method they used to lose the weight? Do these people think we’re all a bunch of idiots or something?
This is an issue that just absolutely baffles me to no end. The double-speak that comes out of the mouths of “experts” purporting to provide dietary advice is glaring. On the one hand they say that it’s okay to do the Atkins diet as long as you only do it for the short-term. But then without taking a breath, these same people assert that there are grave concerns over the long-term impact of eating a low-carb diet.
So which is it? That’s like saying it’s okay to breathe in methane gas into your lungs for an hour, but be sure you don’t do it beyond that hour or it may be dangerous. If you truly believe something is hazardous to your health, then does it really matter how long you do it? Of course not! Yet, that’s exactly what these people are saying about the Atkins diet. That’s what people here in the South call bassackwards!
I know my low-carb weight loss success story is but one example out there, but it should not be dismissed by those who oppose the low-carb approach to weight loss and improved health. As much as they hate to admit it, I’m a living, breathing, alive-and-well example of someone who is living proof they are just plain WRONG when it comes to their opinions about the Atkins/low-carb nutritional approach. In fact, they couldn’t be MORE wrong if they tried.
The truth about livin’ la vida low-carb (that’s the catchy phrase I use to describe my permanent commitment to the low-carb way of life now) is in the dramatic changes that happened in my life as a result of this amazing way of eating:
From 410 pounds to 220 poundsFrom 62 inch waist to 38 inch waistFrom 5XL shirt size down to XLFrom HDL cholesterol of 23 up to 72From triglycerides of 227 down to 43From blood pressure of 180/95 down to 125/80From body fat percentage of 52% down to 11%From three prescription meds to ZERO in nine months
On and on I could go talking about the dramatic changes that happened to me, but suffice it to say they are endless. It saddens me that people have been pushed away from even trying to lose weight on the Atkins diet because of all the negativity they have heard from the media and the medical community. Let me encourage you to ignore the propaganda machine that is against low-carb and learn the truth about the health dangers of excessive consumption of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and junk food.
If you are overweight, obese, or just plain sick and reading this right now and deep within your heart want to believe the Atkins diet could work for you, then it’s time to meet someone who has been through the pain of obesity, taken the steps to begin a new healthy low-carb lifestyle, implemented those changes in his life permanently, and never lost sight of where he has been or how far he has come.
It would be my distinct privilege if you would allow me the opportunity to interact with you via e-mail to bring you just a glimmer of hope and inspiration on this amazing journey. Write to me anytime with your questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may be interested in some other resources I have available, including my blog, my podcast show, and my book entitled Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: My Journey From Flabby Fat To Sensationally Skinny In One Year. I am so grateful for the chance to share my Atkins diet weight loss story with the world and make it abundantly clear that there are REAL people who have done VERY well on this diet despite what the low-fat spin doctors are saying.
Don’t let the media and those so-called “experts” frighten you to the point that you do NOTHING about your weight and health. Do you want to see your health continue to decline? Probably not! But you need to take that first step and do low-carb the RIGHT way by constantly educating yourself about what it is all about and then DO IT!
If you are wanting to find what could very well be the lasting answer to your obesity problem, then how about giving the Atkins/low-carb diet a try. It quite literally changed the course of my life forever for the better and the same can happen for YOU, too!
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