No carbs for you

There are folks who never get near carbohydrates, and they’re perfectly happy about that. And then there are the rest of us:

My take has long been that if you like low carb — if you find it a pleasant way of eating, feel good on it, and lose the weight you want — then by all means, great. I’ve written several posts explaining that my experience on such diets has consistently been the opposite. I find them tremendously unpleasant, feel physically bad while adhering to them, and to top it all off I don’t even lose weight.

My own rule on such matters is simply this: any dietary advice intended to be all-inclusive will eventually prove to be utterly worthless. For all I know, by 2030 they’ll be pushing Cool Whip as the One Perfect Food, and Cheez Whiz as the Indispensable Supplement. Or they won’t. I don’t plan to give a damn one way or the other.


  1. fillyjonk »

    15 February 2017 · 10:28 am

    I’m just old enough to remember when chocolate was The Enemy and we were supposed to eat carob instead.

    the thing was, no one ever really explained WHY.

    And of course, now we know polyphenols and stuff. And even though I need to make an effort to reduce, I’m still gonna throw a handful of dark-chocolate chocolate chips in my morning oatmeal – because (a) they have less sugar than I had feared and (b) I’m up, I’m dressed, I’m ready to go to work and it seems a little much to expect me to eat just-plain oatmeal on top of that.

  2. McG »

    15 February 2017 · 7:45 pm

    I lost weight rather precipitously when I cut carbs after being diagnosed with diabetes. Now I make a conscious effort to eat more protein or non-starchy carbs (because the no-no for diabetics at least as much as sugar is starch) and that makes a big difference.

    I’ve always been leery of the “avoid XXX” diet doctrines because I happen to believe everything edible exists to be eaten; the trick is not to overdo nor underdo any one category. Remember the days of “balanced diet”? You do?

    You’re old. And stand a better chance than any nutritional faddist of getting older.

  3. jsallison »

    15 February 2017 · 8:27 pm

    When I quit smoking, Squeez Cheez and Sociables helped me get up to my typing weight of 255. Low carb got me back to 230-ish where I currently hover because I refuse to eschew pasta. I’ll say buhbye to candy, cookies, other deserts, sugar in my coffee, first, and did. Coupla years, if the docs are right, I can expect emphysema to complete my weight loss goals. ;)

  4. fillyjonk »

    16 February 2017 · 6:01 am

    I hit my lowest adult weight after a four-month-long bout of something kind of like IBS brought on by a virus.

    I don’t recommend it as a weight-loss technique, though it was discombobulating to go to the doctor six months after I had got better and found my weight had crept back up. (So it’s back to eating more vegetables and avoiding snacks)

  5. John Salmon »

    16 February 2017 · 8:05 pm

    “You mean there was no deep fat, steak, cream pies, or hot fudge?” What we learn in 200 years we should’ve been eating all along:

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