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Jan. 6th, 2004 | 02:19 am
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More fun bashing the atkins diet.

Did fat intake in the US really decline between 1989-1991 and 1994-1996?

Apparently Atkins claims that carbohydrates makes you fat is partially based on the claim that after america switched to "low-fat" foods and got fatter, obviously it must have been something other than the fat making people fatter.

Perhaps it was the calories?

The labeling requirement to be a low fat food was apparently based on what the total percent of calories were due to fat. Changing the percentage could either be done be decreasing the total quantity of fat or increasing the quantity of other components. Apparently it was easier to do the latter.

I also realized why American's like the Atkins diet. It has a scientific sounding "trick" to help you lose weight so it sounds like you're getting something for nothing.

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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Jan. 6th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
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I don't think anyone gives a crap about the science; people like it because it lets them eat food that tastes good, not be hungry all the time, and still lose weight. I don't think it matters whether there's a scientific explanation, or if Atkins says "this works because the Lord hates animals and wants you to eat as many as possible, so he rewards you by making you thin"; people like it because it feels good and it works.

(It might still be immoral, or dangerous in the long run, or whatever, but people who are inclined to ignore those issues will do so whether or not there's a scientific basis for their short-term pleasure.)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 6th, 2004 12:54 pm (UTC)
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I do think the average american does get a kick out of feeling like they're "cheating" nature.

But yeah, they're also doing it because they get to eat all the cultural "reward" foods. Like in one group of friends who are eating atkins one of the people has started having bowl problems from the lack of fiber, but he's still eating atkins even though he's developing health problems from it.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Jan. 6th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC)
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As a thin person, I have an advantage over fat people. If there were a magic button I could press to make all the fat people thin, I wouldn't press it. When I see fat people getting thin, I get annoyed because my edge over them is diminishing.

On the other hand, as a taxpayer, I don't want to have to pay for all those fat people's heart attacks and diabetes medicine. So maybe I would press the button after all.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 6th, 2004 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Actually being a taxpayer has little to do with healthcare costs, it's your insurance payments that are going up.

So what kind of advantages does being thin in a land of fat people have? (And aren't you gaining weight these days?)

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her other side

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from: saltbox
date: Jan. 27th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)
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Hey, a new link for ya: Study links high-carbs and weight loss.

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