- Sep 19, 2003
Originally posted by 2LAP
It looks like Dr. Atkins inventor of the Atkins diet was clinicaly obese at the time of his death (information leaked from his post mortum leaked and reported in British Newspapers).
This makes me think either (1) his diet doesn't work or (2) he wan't on the diet.
If he wasn't on the diet then why not?
Does anyone have any stories about being on the Atkins diet long term or why they have stopped being on it. In the UK the diet has declined as fast as it took off (which in my mind is a good thing)!
I'm after positive and negative stories, particularly from people that are fairly active too.
I heard the same information. He was reported to be 258 pounds when he died, (they said that was technically obese for his height. I have my doubts.). Perhaps more telling is that he died of a heart attack... his third. The diet he prescribes is a heart attack waiting to happen but from a psychological view, if you're in it to make money, the best way is to sell people what they want to hear and that's exactly what he was doing. Tell them they can eat the fatty foods they like, (the same ones responsible for the heart-attacks and obesity problem in America and other places around the world), but make them leave out the sugar/carbohydrates so that the body is forced to burn the fats and proteins that it doesn't digest as well.
Assuming he was following his own diet advice, he's not the first to suffer a heart attack while on his diet. Do a search for "Atkins horror stories", if you want fair warning. Most nutritionists can explain why the diet is dangerous. Most people ask their doctors who, at least in the U.S., receive almost no education on nutrition.
I hope not to hear of any more unnecessary deaths/suffering based on what seems to be bad diet advice.