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Atkins Diet Confusion - Part 4

Most Atkins diet research cited on his website simply confirms the problems associated with high-glycemic carbohydrates. But Atkins lumps all carbohydrates together and falsely insinuates, “Carbs are all wrong, so Atkins must be all right.” However, in science, as in politics, making the other side wrong doesn’t make you right.

So, if the research doesn’t back up Atkins, why is it on the website? The reason is simple and it’s a common ruse practiced by hype marketers. They figure most people will be so impressed and overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information that they won’t take time to read, digest and analyze any of the studies. Even if someone does try, scientific papers are more difficult to make sense of than an IRS manual.

Atkins’ “summaries of recent research,” includes such trivial articles as a volunteer request for a study funded by Atkins, a news report about a BBC TV series on dieting and a publicity release announcing a study that’s just beginning. These so-called “summaries of recent research” are also filled with anecdotal reports and abstracts that have neither been published nor subjected to any peer review process.

NONE of these “summaries” would be considered valid or legitimate science by any respectable researcher. Nor would they be considered “vindication” of the Atkins approach. They would be seen for what they are – hype marketing promotion and public relations delusions designed to fool people into believing that the “summaries” are scientific support for their point of view, when they’re not.

The bottom line is, in the over thirty years that the diet's been around, it’s never been proven to be either safe or effective in producing long term results. And, when it comes to your health, the Atkins diet is a definite time bomb!

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