Re: exhaustive research on life extension

Hal Finney (
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 13:35:12 -0700

EvMick writes:
> I've been reading a book by Robert C. Atkins, M.D. "Dr. Atkins New Diet
> Revolution"
> [...]
> His diet (grossly simplified for space sake) has basicly only one rule...cut
> back on carbohydrated to less than 25grams a day...for the "induction
> diet".(eat ANYTHING else...and as much as you want..just NO carbs) .this
> induces a state of "ketosis"...<medical term...means fat burning>...therefor
> weight is lots...but NO (well hardly any) lean muscel mass.

These ketosis diets have been around for a long time. My wife tells the
story of how her sister tried one when they were teenagers around 1970.
It does work for weight loss (at least temporarily) but the metabolic
state your body is thrown into does not sound healthy. One side effect my
wife and her family noticed is that it causes very bad, sulphurous body
odor. With a large family and a small house this was not appreciated.
I don't think having these kind of chemicals floating around in your
body would be good for you.

The real problem with diets isn't losing weight, it's keeping it off.
I've seen figures suggesting that 90% of dieters regain all the lost
weight within two years.