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Personal Tips from a 22 Year Old College Student

Today’s tip : dieting.

Dieting can become a life-style for most individuals – it certainly did for me when I started a low-carbohydrate diet in the beginning of 2010. It was my New Year’s resolution and I lost about 25lb in less than two months. I probably would have shed more weight but I decided to hit the gym after two months. Since muscle is heavier than fat, a scale was no longer a rational indication of progress – pants size and looking in the mirror were.

So why low-carbohydrate? Isn’t that the Atkin’s diet? Didn’t Atkins die of a heart attack?

Woah woah. One question at a time please!

I picked low-carbohydrate because of the extensive research I did behind the science and testimonials of other low-carbers on the internet. It seemed to be the healthiest, most optimal, and enjoyable diet for me.

Atkin’s Diet is a low carb diet but Atkin’s is a brand like ‘Chap-stick’ is a brand for lip-balm.

As for Dr. Atkins death :

On April 8, 2003, at age 72, Dr. Atkins slipped on the ice while walking to work, hitting his head and causing bleeding around his brain. He lost consciousness on the way to the hospital, where he spent two weeks in intensive care. His body deteriorated rapidly and he suffered massive organ failure. During this time, his body apparently retained an enormous amount of fluid, and his weight at death was recorded at 258 pounds. His death certificatestates that the cause of death was “blunt impact injury of head with epidural hematoma”.

Following this, a Nebraska doctor known to be anti-Atkins, and associated with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, requested Dr. Atkins’ medical records, which should not have been released, but which mistakenly were sent. The Medical Examiner’s report had a hand-written note that Atkins had a history of myocardial infarction (heart attack), congestive heart failure, and hypertension (written “h/o MI, CHF, HTN”). The above Committee made much of this and began the rumor that Atkins had “died of his own diet”. The misconceptions remain to this day.

The year following his death, his widow released a statement taking what she called “unscrupulous individuals” to task for spreading falsehoods about her husband.Apparently, those individuals are still having a measure of success.

Source : http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/atkinsdiet/a/dratkinsdeath.htm

 

Now a post about a low-carb diet can be extremely long so here are two excerpts from the documentary “Fat Head” by Tom Naughton that provide a visual explanation about why low-carb is important:

Why you are fat : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNYlIcXynwE
Sugar and starch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCVo8HbDpXI

In a nut-shell : People use to only eat meat, vegetables, and fruits. Once sugar and starches were introduced, people started to get fat & get heart disease. Carbohydrates make you fat and causes heart problems. Not fat. The human body was designed to process animal fat. The human body was not designed to have our insulin elevated, which is caused by sugar and carbs.

I highly recommend watching the documentary  “Fat Head” by Tom Naughton to learn more about what you eat and why you/people get fat. Food is an important tool in everyday life so at least learn what you’re putting in  your own body.

You can watch the entire documentary on Hulu here : http://www.hulu.com/watch/196879/fat-head

Tip : Cut down on carbs. Eat healthy. Live healthy.

Read more about low carb and the science here.

Note: Everything written in this article is an opinion of the writer and does not portray Lords Insurance’s beliefs in any way.

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Written by lordsinsurancelog

December 6, 2010 at 10:55 am

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