My brother follows Atkins and that scares me to death. For people unfamiliar with this diet, it basically cuts out 95% of carbohydrate intake and increases protein and fat by huge margins. As far as I'm concerned (and most research points to this) any diet that instructs one to cut out all of any particular food group is considered a "fad" diet. If you're denying your body all of any one food group, there is a part of you that is not being nourished. Even sugar has its place!
My brother cites weight loss (in poundage) as his defense of this diet. I pointed out that we sometimes don't know the long term effects of fad diets until 20 years later and used him as my case in point! He had a recent intestinal problem. The doctor diagnosed (I think it was) diverticulosis and he asked, "How could this be? I live on psyllium husk [Metamucil]!!" The doctor replied, "It's not your current lifestyle that causes this, it's how you lived as a kid." (He ate loads of cheese and Kentucky Fried Chicken - plus other fast and convenience foods.)
He also defends the diet by claiming more doctors are recognizing it. I rebutted with "That's funny, I've never heard of a doctor who didn't scream 'Throw the book out!' upon hearing a patient is following Atkins."
A mutual friend of ours did this diet and one weekend, she nearly passed out on the subway. The doctor said, "A quick exam is not telling me much, what are you doing...eating habits, exercise...?" When our friend confessed she was on Atkins, the doctor nearly burst a blood vessel. The doctor made it clear that she needed to put aside this high-fat diet for at least 2 days and consume carbohydrate. Some internal function was going kaflooey. The only fix was to consume carbohydrate. This very same girl once made a statement that caused my jaw to drop in disbelief. I made tuna salad and offered her some with no bread and she asked me what was in it. I rattled off the ingredients and she declined when I mentioned carrots. "Carrots are my killers." How could ANYONE make the sentence "Carrots are my killers" yet chow down to 4 cheeseburgers and feel good about it because there was no bun????
I'd like to make this thread primarily about high-protein diets but if anyone else has had a terrible diet experience and wants to thrust out a red flag, please feel free to use this little corner to do so.
I have to admit, I'm a statistic. I, like so many others, made a "resolution" to lose weight. I plan to do it in the most healthful way possible via: Balance, appropriate portions, adequate exercise, enough water and enough sleep. I believe that with some planning and a firm commitment, I will be able to accomplish this.