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Friday, March 12, 2010

MSNBC on the new Atkins book

MSNBC Online pans the new Atkins diet book with the usual alarmism, misunderstanding (for instance, that Atkins is a high-protein diet, whereas it's actually a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet), appeal to baseless dietary guidelines (this diet recommends eating less carbohydrate than the U.S. government recommends -- what a shocker!) , and reference to flawed or misconstrued studies.

Here's the link to the article, titled "New Atkins Diet — a Protein Overload? A steak may satisfy, but it's not a weight-loss secret weapon."


The article is written by Elisa Zied, R.D., who is identified as an MSNBC co-contributor in her byline at the top of the article, but who is revealed as a "spokesperson" for the American Dietetic Association at article's end. That should tell you everything you need to expect about her point of view.

My only hope is that, with all her complaining about how the diet makes you lose weight fast while not feeling hungry, she will inadvertently lead people to the book instead of away from it.

It's almost cute. According to this article and its headline, a steak is not a secret weapon for weight loss -- except that it is.

Here's the book's Amazon link.
New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great
The authors are doctors Eric C. Westman, Stephen D. Phinney, Jeff S. Volek. Dr. Westman was interviewed on Jimmy Moore's Livin La Vida Low Carb Podcast in February. Check it out here.

Another place to learn more about a carbohydrate-restricted approach to diet, health and weight loss can be found at my friend Misty Humphrey's new site, free-healthy-diet-plans.com.