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December 24, 2007

Low-Carb Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Jimmy Moore runs two terrific interviews. The first is with the excellent Nina Planck, who is generous with information and advice. Great Nina line: "Even the sorriest grocery story has a produce section. Use it." Nina's own website is here; "Real Food," her very rewarding book, can be bought here. I raved about "Real Food" here, and I ran a note that Nina wrote to 2Blowhards here.

* Terrific Jimmy interview #2 is with Tom Naughton, who has made a documentary attacking the low-fat gospel of the official health-tips class. I'm intrigued by Naughton, who has worked as both a health writer and a standup comedian -- interesting combo! And I'm curious about his movie, "Fat Head," which looks like a smart and snappy piece of work, as well as an appealingly handmade and personal one. You can watch a lot of teasers for "Fat Head" here -- great use of Monty Python-style Flash animation. And you can check out the website that Tom has made for his movie here. It's an interesting, entertaining, and informative work in its own right.

* Jimmy Moore has issued his own low-carb chocolate bar. Jimmy Moore is a low-carbin' force of nature.

* Having lost a bunch of weight, Prairie Mary finds herself experiencing a lot of things very differently.



Dennis Mangan registers some disagreements with the low-carb crowd: here, here, here, here.

posted by Michael at December 24, 2007


If I could offer a tip to anyone thinkin' of trying a Low-Carb diet...

Before trying Atkins, South Beach, Protein Power, Schwarzbein, Four Corners or any other diet, try this:

Go Low Carb 6 days a week. This means Meat, Fish, Fowl, Cheese, Cream, Butter, Oil and most vegetables (Especially of the Green Leafy kind).

Granted, no potatoes, pasta, bread, rice, beans or anything like that.

Then, on Sunday, you can eat ANYTHING you want in ANY AMOUNT. If you feel like having a Dozen Donuts for breakfast, you go right ahead. Granted, after about four, you will probably barf.

This diet will, in my opinion, make it easier for you to be religious 6 days a week knowing that you can go buck-wild on Sunday and ONLY Sunday.

The reason why I recommend this is because many people go nuts after a while of being religious on, say, the Atkins diet. Sure, the feal "sated" on the diet, but they are dieing for some Pancakes.

So I usually find this a nice way to ease onto a Low-Carb Diet and see how you like it.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on December 24, 2007 8:11 PM

Produce is not exactly "low carb", Michael. Funny, too, about "the low-fat gospel", because I see the low-carb types as being incredibly religious. In case you care, I wrote recently on why Taubes, Planck,, are wrong:

Posted by: Dennis Mangan on December 25, 2007 12:14 AM

One of the stranger diet theories I've seen calls for eating no more than five mouthfuls of any single food. The concept is that after five mouthfuls, the amount of pleasure you get from eating anything - no matter how much you like it - will rapidly diminish. Presumably an exception can be made for healthy things like vegetables.

Posted by: Peter on December 25, 2007 10:44 AM

Never having accomplished the feat, I commend Prairie Mary for removing 50 pounds. The problem - sigh - is keeping them off. I wish her well in that regard. But never having been able, after losing a mere 15 pounds, to keep that small amount off, I think the problem's near impossible. Enjoy it while they're gone, but, to paraphrase Arnold, They'll Be Back!

Posted by: ricpic on December 26, 2007 10:53 AM

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