|First step to a calorie-restricted diet|
Inevitably, this turned into an attack on low-carb diets. My friend said he came across a study that "proves" that Atkins only works because it is just another calorie-restricted diet. Anyone who's read Good Calories, Bad Calories knows that this canard has been used against low-carb diets since the whole a calorie is a calorie a calorie bullshit took root. My response:
Atkins is a low-calorie diet like heroin addiction is a low-calorie diet.Both diets are linked to chemical addiction. In the first case, breaking insulin/glucose addiction gives the body access to fat stores. In the second case adding a heroin addiction seems to reduce the desire for lesser pleasures such as eating (and may even subsume an opiate addiction to wheat). The Young Turks think insulin is a red herring but I'm sticking with it for now. Low-carb diets and heroin addiction both tend to reduce caloric intake but saying they work by simply restricting calories is just plain silly.