Diet Detective Charles Platkin Goes Berserk Over Low-Carb Blog Post
July 3, 2005
The following article is a reprint from my new blog called "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb":
Well check out this little temper tantrum response I got from Mr. Diet Detective himself, Charles Platkin over at CommonVoice.com after reading my blog entry from Thursday entitled "Healthy Low-Carb Choices Abound At Popular Restaurants":
Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy,
Criticizing the book The Automatic Diet, that you probably didn’t read (or if you did, you didn’t get it, b/c it’s NOT about low cal, low fat anything), talking about weight loss and pushing a low carb diet, high fat diet when 98 percent of those that do it fail long term. Come on now. Shame on you. My recommendations are NOT low fat or low carb—they’re both ridiculous b/c diets DON'T WORK, if they did we would all be thin—right? If any of those diets worked why would we as a nation be getting fatter and fatter (or you dispute the figures as well).
I believe in a concept called CALORIE BARGAINS---basically finding foods that you typically eat, and replacing them for lower calorie foods (that you can live with forever—making small changes). As someone who lost 50 pounds and kept it off for more than 10 years I would challenge most of your comments. What you’re saying is more nonsense that confuses an already confused public. The only long term research on weight control—long term—shows that YOU ARE FLAT out wrong. So, do you’re homework, before you have readers even more confused—AND MUCH FATTER..
Whew! I think Platkin needs to take a valium or something before his insides implode on him! LOL! Seriously, can you believe this guy is actually PAID to write columns on the issue of health and fitness? He bemoans any criticism of his book (although the crux of my concern was with his specific article on dining out) while lambasting low-carb as a failure.
Interestingly, he quotes that 98 percent of people who are livin' la vida low-carb fail to stay on it long-term. But I contend that is about the percentage of people who fail on a low-fat/low-calorie diet because it is not sustainable. I agree with him that "diets" don't work, but lifestyle changes such as low-carb can and do work. How else could I keep off the 180 pounds I lost in 2004?
Although he claims his philosophy is not about low-fat or low-calorie, he even admits that his "calorie bargains" mumbo jumbo is predicated on finding foods you like that are portion-controlled and lower in calories than other foods you may want to eat. How is this NOT a low-calorie diet, Mr. Platkin? You may say otherwise, but you are just a part of the low-calorie crowd that will never accept any weight loss plan that goes against what you believe is the only way to lose weight.
People who are livin' la vida low-carb do not count calories, fat grams or measure our foods. We just eat good, wholesome, and delicious controlled-carb foods that satisfy our appetites and our taste buds. While I applaud you on your 50-pound weight loss and for keeping it off since 1995, I would hope you would also recognize my 180-pound weight loss success and wish me the best as I continue my low-carb lifestyle to keep it off for the rest of my life.
I have said it many times that I believe people who are overweight or obese need to find SOMETHING to do about their weight problem. Whether it is your approach or mine, it's important that people have all the options to consider and not just one. Your way may be compelling to some while low-carb may be just the thing for someone else. But too often we have seen low-carb shoved into the corner like an unwanted stepchild in the weight debate and that's just wrong.
I will not stop my own personal crusade to tell the whole world about livin' la vida low-carb because I am a man whose life was transformed for the better because of it. I now have the privilege of telling everyone I know that this may be the solution they have been looking for regarding weight loss their entire lives. There is no confusion about what I have to say, Mr. Platkin. I simply offer my own story as personal evidence that this way of eating works and works well.
One more thing: Don't lecture me on doing my homework regarding weight loss. After trying and failing on more diets like yours than I care to remember, I was finally able to educate myself about the effective low-carb plan and lose weight for myself. It's the only thing that has ever worked for me to not only lose weight, but keep it off for good.
If people want to read your book and follow what you have to say, then good for them. But I have just as much a right as citizen of the United States of America to tell my story of hope and success for people struggling with their weight. And neither you nor any of your low-fat/low-calorie/portion-control supporters can silence me in the land of the free and the home of the brave!
I appreciate your feedback, Mr. Platkin, but make sure you take your medicine next time before ranting and raving about what I have written. In due time, you'll see how wrong you are about low-carb.
How about we all start educating Mr. Diet Detective Charles Platkin about low-carb by sending him e-mail to ? I'm sure he'll appreciate hearing from people who have lost weight on low-carb and kept it off for many years. Let's open his eyes to this fact so he'll hear the message loud and clear!