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Old 03-31-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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I fall into the low-carb camp. Do I think carbs are "evil"? No. I recognize the effect that more than a fairly low level of carbohydrate in my diet has on my body and my mind.

The thing that I see in this book is more of a hanging on to "calories in/calories out" mentality, paying no attention to the composition of those calories. It doesn't work that way for a significant chunk of the population.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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I fall into the low-carb camp. Do I think carbs are "evil"? No. I recognize the effect that more than a fairly low level of carbohydrate in my diet has on my body and my mind.

The thing that I see in this book is more of a hanging on to "calories in/calories out" mentality, paying no attention to the composition of those calories. It doesn't work that way for a significant chunk of the population.

The WW approach mostly is a calories in calories out one, with some modification for caloric cost of digestion. Of course no approach works for everyone. I have seen no evidence that WW fails for more people than Atkins does.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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its amazing how there are so many books about something so simple.

of course, "composition of those calories" means very little. especially with regard to how most people consider it. your body doesnt know the difference.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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I think atkins was more correct in the sense that everyone has a different level of carbs that work for them. Part of the weight you hold is just water anyway on a higher carb diet. My weight is more consistent on a higher carb diet but lower weight on a lower carb diet. I have much more energy on a higher carb diet but better muscle tone from higher protein on a lower carb diet.
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Old 03-31-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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You have to reduce both for results.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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hopefully not many people are wasting money on a book that points out the benefits of simple moderation...

it is important to remember that fat does supply more than twice the calories of its carb and protein brothers, though.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:15 PM
 
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hopefully not many people are wasting money on a book that points out the benefits of simple moderation...
I think theres more to the book than that - but anyway, given how many folks today do not believe in simple moderation, I can imagine worse ways to spend the money
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:52 PM
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Interesting article, although I did find a error that is much repeated in many diet circles:

" For some parts of the body, including the brain, glucose is the only fuel source that can be used to meet energy needs"

This is wrong, the brain is perfectly capable of using Ketones for energy. Sure, the brain needs some carbs, you do not need to get them in your diet though, the body can easily convert protein into glucose, quite a common process.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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it is important to remember that fat does supply more than twice the calories of its carb and protein brothers, though.
this is an important fact. thats why when you start cutting fats, you generally are going to lower your total calories because they are so calorie dense.
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