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. That's 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.