The Atkins Diet Kills

atkins diet killsIf you didn't think anything was wrong with eating tons of meat and cheese while on a "diet," then you were just kidding yourself, right?

A new study out shows that the high protein, low-carb diet popularized by Dr. Atkins causes more all-cause deaths than a diet pro-plant and low-meat. I don't know why we needed a study to convince people of this, except that I totally do.

I went on the Atkins Diet about 10 years ago. Why? Because I love meat and cheese and knew I could eat that all day and stay on a "diet."

But now a study out of Harvard proves what, deep down, we all already knew:


In approximately 85,000 women who were followed for 26 years and 45,000 men who were followed for 20 years, researchers found that all-cause mortality rates were increased in both men and women who were eating a low-carbohydrate Atkins diet based on animal protein.

The author of this piece is the medical editor at HuffPo, and a longtime foe of Dr. Atkins, but I still think: Duh.

Yes it's true we need to cut down on those unhealthy carbs that dissolve into sugar. But there are healthy carbs we should eat instead. I personally cut out sodas while I was on the Atkins Diet, and I've never looked back. Never. I know this is a healthy choice, and for that, I can thank Dr. Atkins. But cutting out meat is an even healthier choice, which is what this study emphasizes.

I'm not a vegetarian, even though I long to be one, but cutting down the amount of meat in your diet is good for you, and the planet. While the HDL cholesterol levels were what Dr. Atkins measured, and these were in the healthy range for people following his diet, as the author of the piece points out, we can't only consider HDL when discussing health and longevity.

I think all diets stink, but I'm glad to know someone actually tested the Atkins one, which I found so appealing, so potential dieters are forewarned of the health hazard. Even though they should probably know already. Like I did, and I did it anyway.

Have you tried the Atkins Diet?


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