I know that for distance running,Atkins style low carb diets are discouraged.It seems like your body needs the carbs for this type excercise.All bodies need carbs, but most people eat far more than they need, taking their activity level and weight goals into account.The results:Atkins diet caused faster weight loss for the first year. BUT.........After the first year, the differences disappeared.Meaning what? Low-carb person lost twenty pounds the first year, non-low carb lost five, but the next year they both lost five? A meaningless statistic.And after 5 years,both diet groups had gained back a big portion of their weight. Most people miss the eliminated part of foods too much to stick with the program.You can't blame the program for people gaining weight back if they aren't on the program. And personally, I find a low-carb approach the easiest thing in the world to follow. I eat meat, eggs, vegetables, cheese, and fruit in moderation. What I don't eat is sugar and overly-processed foods. And I don't miss them.The best LONG TERM success was "eat a balanced diet but but reduce the portion size of each meal"....and excercise.1) That's just the thing--a high-carb diet is not balanced.2) If you "reduce the portion size of each meal" to the point that you are not satisfied, two things are going to happen: your metabolism is going to slow, and you are going to "binge" eventually out of hunger. Double whammy. I eat until I am satisfied--not stuffed, but satisfied.3) No argument about exercise, especially weightlifting. Speeds up your metabolism. :-)And my main point is this: my belief in a low-carb diet is not based on theories, or textbooks, or studies. It is based on personal, measurable results that I have seen with my own eyes in my own life. And I was as skeptical of this approach as anyone before I tried it. But my weight is down, my body fat is down, my cholesterol is down, my complexion is improved, my dental health is improved.....you get the idea. I reckon I can't say for sure that it will work for everyone, but again going to my personal experience, I have never met one person who followed a low-carb approach that told me it didn't work. Not one.Putting away soapbox. :-)Thanks!Joe
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