It took the nanny-staters to more than a minute to scream at low-carb dieters like me about the Mediterranean Diet study released today.
The study shows that Atkins-like, low-carbohydrate diets are the most effective kind for both weight loss and good health. That joys me, because the only way I can lose and keep of weight is with low carbs. Even when I was running half marathons, I was well over 200 lbs on a 6-1 frame. That’s really hard on the tendons and joints. I landed on my back for a week with an Achille’s tendon so inflamed the doctor thought it would rupture walking from his office to my car.
But the nanny worriers–the people who insist on telling me what to eat, smoke, drink, think, wear, and fondle–immediately blasted the study with a bunch of crap arguments, like this one from The Spartan Diet blog:
subjects get an alcohol point for consuming from one to three glasses of alcohol for men and slightly less for women. That means drinking zero alcohol – the healthiest option, assuming the rest of your diet is healthy – is treated the same as drinking a bottle of scotch every day. The upper end of this scale – three glasses per day – is enough to develop chronic alcoholism. [Emphasis mine]
Three friggin’ glasses a day is chonic alcoholism???? That would make me … Dean Martin!
I’m sure the writer has a product to hawk, but leave it alone. I’m not on the Med Diet, but it sounds like a great way to save some people from diabetes, heart disease, and 48-inch waists.
The American Heart Association has good but non-commital things to say about the Med diet here. Eric of Health and Survival Blog–a committed-sounding name if I ever heard one–found that low carb diets lower cholesterol better than low fat diets. So there.
Go read it for yourself on the New England Journal of Medicine.