Jul. 28th, 2004 @ 01:54 pm
Can anyone explain to me what the whole carb craze is all about? And is anyone on this diet? I don't understand why people are on it and they aren't doing something more productive with their bodies like exercising.
Atkins was the beginning of the carb craze. When you eat, your body digests foods in the following order: Sugar, Carbs, Proteins, Fat. Your body will completely fall apart without protein, but if you eliminate sugar and carbs you will have a more direct path to the fat. Atkins is popular because it is like a get rich quick scheme for dieting. It requires dicipline to do it, but you get lots of results fast. Unfortunately, the diet introduces Ketosis. I don't remember precisely what that is, but it has to do with acid and is bad. The other main drawback is that a person true to Atkins is eating lots of eggs, bacon, and red meat. This does wonders for your cholesterol.
There are people who are potentially more dangerous than those on Atkins, and that is those on South Beach. They are like the Atkins people except instead of declaring all carbs as evils, there are good carbs and bad carbs. My mother is on this and here is where it gets bad. A person on Atkins has respect for those who are not on it. They realize it is their decision and it is different than that of mainstream society. A person on South Beach deviates their diet enough that it is different, but then they have to impose their will upon you. Every time I go home, I have to hear about how white flour is the devil.
Long story short, the low carb craze is dieting for the American stereotype. We want results and we want them fast, no matter what it takes. Unfortunately, those who take such roads neglect the fact that as soon as you discontinue the diet, you gain the weight back but that is another story.
Now as for exercising, I am currently working on an exercise regimen with not much diet modification. I've started cutting down on my shit food and spending a lot of time at the gym. I do notice a small drop in weight, but I usually splurge on the weekend. Exercise doesn't have the same results as Atkins and is more time consuming.
I forgot to mention in mega-comment, I become royally enfuriated when I see the words "Low-Carb". It has become the bane of my existence.
When I go to a fast food join, and they offer a burger sans bun, IT'S NOT A FUCKING BURGER!!!!! The worst was at Mr. Subb. I used to have my buffalo chicken wraps on my white wrap. Not because it has less carbs from being a wrap than bread but because I enjoyed it. For a solid month or so they discontinued the wraps because the white wraps weren't carb conscious and replaced them with wheat and rye (i hate rye). Since then, they had the common sense to cater to those who think white flour is the devil and those who actually enjoy having a wrap instead of real bread.
So that is what that is all about??? Just that? I agree that when I see commercials about "low carbs" *shivers* IT DRIVES ME FUCKIN' NUTS!!! Granted that I do eat wheat and I do eat rye, it doesn't mean that your Lipton Ice Tea, OJ, Ragu sauce, and other good food need to be half the carbs! I mean you are right, once you go to your desired weight, you'll say (quoting Foamy the Squirrel) "Oh I'll have an extra slice of cake. And before you know it, *SPLAT*! Your ass is going to fall out of your jeans..." So I couldn't see why people are doing it. But thanks for clarifying it for me.
I think for spite, we should parade around places and eat all the normal food infront of people who eat low carbs. That should be cruel and it should drive them insane. I'm loving the idea already...
Thanks for answering my question, WolfDogg. =)
The "low-carb" way of eating has been falsely grouped as "Atkins" and "South beach", yes there are more and more products that are jumping on the bandwagon, but for my husband and myself, these have been a good thing. People who want to lose weight are not the only population that must refrain from eating carbs. Diabetics must also abstain from carb-rich foods because any extra carbs that you take in and do not use will be converted into excess sugar and fat by your body. Excess sugar and fat can kill a diabetic. For years we have been reduced in what what available for us to eat, now that the "low-carb" lifestyle is hitting the mainstream, we now have many more options.
Ketosis is also a diabetics concern. Ketosis is the process by which the body breaks down fat and sends it out of the body via the kidneys. The extra acids can lead to kidney failure. This happens if the body is exposed to and excess of protien with a total lack of any carbs. This is the problem with most "low-carb" diets. The goal SHOULD be lower your carb intake to a portion that is more appropriate to your level of activity, but only taking in enough protien to nurish the parts of your body that are not made up of fat. How this is done is up to the person, 2 cups of salad, or 5 french fries- the choice is yours. As in anything else, abuse will happen, and common sense along with good judgement will be lost.
|Date:||December 2nd, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)|| |
Re: newbie here
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I see what you mean. Yeah, personally, I take good care of my body but I don't exactly eat right. As for diabetics, that reasoning is perfectly legit. I had a grandmother (bless her) who was a diabetic and couldn't eat that much sugar. So I can see that. But there are people out there who are just doing it and they are not exercising. They are using it as a way out of exercising. I love to swim or use the gym at my college so I have no problem with it. So then, why are people using this "Atkins" and blowing it huge? It seems like it's for publicity purposes.
But I'm glad that you and your husband found it useful. I hope that things are turning out really well for you. =)