From my brother this morning in email, what a shocker! And, i'll bet it wasn't even a real low-carb diet (<60 grams/day). I've seen stuff well in excess of 100 or even 150 grams being called "low carb." For many, real effectiveness is under 30, or even 20 grams per day. There's more of the asinine and bias, too.

The low-carb diet set limits for carbohydrates, but none for calories or fat. It urged dieters to choose vegetarian sources of fat and protein.

"So not a lot of butter and eggs and cream," said Madelyn Fernstrom, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center weight management expert who reviewed the study but was not involved in it.

Dumb-ass fucks. Jesus. And even still…

Average weight loss for those in the low-carb group was 10.3 pounds after two years. Those in the Mediterranean diet lost 10 pounds, and those on the low-fat regimen dropped 6.5.

More surprising were the measures of cholesterol. Critics have long acknowledged that an Atkins-style diet could help people lose weight but feared that over the long term, it may drive up cholesterol because it allows more fat.

But the low-carb approach seemed to trigger the most improvement in several cholesterol measures, including the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, the "good" cholesterol. For example, someone with total cholesterol of 200 and an HDL of 50 would have a ratio of 4 to 1. The optimum ratio is 3.5 to 1, according to the American Heart Association.

Now, observe. And do follow the links to the sorts of things I eat all the time. You know what my midnight snack was, last night? Eight strips of thick bacon, dripping in the fat it was cooked in (I never drain the fat, or put my bacon on a paper towel — right from fry pan to plate, dripping). I guarantee I have a better lipid panel than 99.999999999999% of any low-fatters, vegetarians, or vegans. Hey, Dean Ornish, you self-serving pudge face: how about compare my lipids to any of your unfortunate patients. Huh? C'mon. 3.5 to 1 Total to HDL and lower as ideal? How about 2 to 1? My HDL is higher than my LDL (.98 to 1 LDL/HDL). And I eat bacon, at least 6-10 eggs per day (jumbos), cooked in butter or ghee; ribeye steaks, cheese, and all manner of fatty animal products cooked in animal fats. This is what happens when you're not a biased whore for grant money (and, really, criminally negligent, in my opinion).

You know what? Gloves are officially off. Let the others be "objective." I'm going to be calling these people lots of names. I'm going to do that a lot. It'll be fun. You'll see.

The far more polite Regina Wilshire has links to a bunch or articles about this study.

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  1. bob r on July 17, 2008 at 14:47

    I'm not too impressed by the weight loss numbers either.

    On the basis of reading you and some of the links you pointed out, I made a big change in my diet. In Dec 2007, I quit eating grains (except the very occasional "breaded" meat), upped the green vegetable input, and ate four plus eggs every morning with ham mixed in plus 3 sausage links. Lots of chicken and steak with no effort to avoid the fat. Also, no candy (at all) and no soda. I ate as much as I felt like eating and did not go hungry at all. I also did the same amount of exercise as before: up four flights of stairs 3 or 4 times a day; in other words, not much. Result: 186 lbs @ 24% body fat (141.4 lbs lean) in Dec 2007; 169 lbs @ 16% body fat (142 lbs lean) in June 2008. All as measured by a Tanita bathroom scale. 17 lb fat loss with no lean loss and zero effort in 6 months.

    I feel better than I have in years and no longer hit the end of the work day feeling exhausted (I write software and sit at a desk all day).

  2. Bill on July 17, 2008 at 15:49

    Ya, tell those motherfuckers,you the man Richard.

  3. Richard Nikoley on July 18, 2008 at 08:58


    Excellent results. With few exceptions, this works for everyone, everytime. For those where it's not easy, well, some additional intensity usually works, i.e., meat only for a few weeks. And even so, even if they don't see tremendous and rapid fat loss, their lipids will be far better.

    Time to stop beating around the bush. The unnatural low-fatters and veggies are fucking morons. Their choices in food are their business, of course, but once they begin advocating for everyone else on the basis of general health they come into my cross hairs and I'm not holding back any longer.

    Fuck 'em. Morons.

  4. Bill on July 18, 2008 at 06:30

    You know, i got to thinking why cant those fuckheads start the low carb diet at 20 or 30 grams of carbs to get the insulin down.I think there affraid of the outcome more weight loss better lipid readings.And if you notice you cant hardley find any thing without corn in it even seasoning the AMHA sucks and the FDA sucks period.

  5. walter on July 18, 2008 at 11:23

    Gee, and you have such kind eyes in your photo…

  6. The BoBo on July 18, 2008 at 21:16

    I was on the Adkins diet about 10 years ago. I weighed 260 lbs when I started it. In addition to following adkins strictly, I went to the gym 3 days a week for 1 – 1.5 hrs. Within 7 months I had lost 65 lbs. My bloodpressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar are all low. It's been 10 years, and I have gained 10 lbs over those 10 years..but, I haven't been strictly on the adkins. I've been more on the maintenance phase – limiting carbs – but not entirely cutting them out like I did when I was on it. BP, HDL/LDL, and glucose still remain low. If I were to become active again, I'm sure I'd drop that extra 10 lbs no prob.

    Those non-believers can screw themselves. It really does work.

  7. Ryan on January 16, 2010 at 01:45

    I watched that mealy-mouth shit face Ornish or Charlie Rose debating (really evading and taking subtle shots) Taubes, and I couldn’t contain my anger. Thanks for this post!

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