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Thread #169358   Message #4093248
Posted By: Steve Shaw
15-Feb-21 - 05:00 AM
Thread Name: BS: Keto diet - anybody try it? Like it?
Subject: RE: BS: Keto diet - anybody try it? Like it?
Many years ago a friend of mine embarked on the Atkins diet. A few months later he ended up in intensive care as an emergency admission. I can't remember what the precise medical condition was that put him there but the crisis was put down to the diet. He's a happy fellow now, with "good cover" (something to fall back on, as my mum used to put it), but not obese, who enjoys normal food and drink (and life). Scientific evidence for the diet's efficacy in aiding weight loss, when looked at alongside more conventional methods (such as exercising portion control and avoiding snacking, etc.) is weak, though if you want to indulge in good old confirmation bias-style "evidence" there's plenty of that out there. Whilst I've never subscribed to the fat-is-bad point of view, it seems to me that the Atkins diet is faddy and risky. And I've never quite understood the complex-carbs-are-evil notion either. There's little evidence for that, and it strikes me that it's probably best to get proper medical advice (from a real doctor) if a specific medical condition appears to demand the avoidance of particular foods or food groups.

It's also worth remembering that anecdotal stuff (including what I said about my mate) put up in threads like this one is not evidence and is not necessarily to be trusted. I'm glad to see that no-one is "pushing" or recommending anything other than suggesting that it's probably ok for most people to go for a conventional, mixed, "balanced" diet, with two pints, not three, and three roasties, not four, etc...