It took the nanny-staters to more than a minute to scream at low-carb dieters like me about the Mediterranean Diet study released today. The study shows that Atkins-like, low-carbohydrate diets are the most effective kind for both weight loss and good health. That joys me, because the only way I can lose and keep of weight is with low carbs. Even when I was running half marathons, I was well over 200 lbs on a 6-1 frame. That's really hard on the tendons and joints. I landed on my back for a week with an Achille's tendon so inflamed the doctor thought it would rupture walking from his office to my car.
But the nanny worriers--the people who insist on telling me what to eat, smoke, drink, think, wear, and fondle--immediately blasted the study with a bunch of crap arguments, like this one from The Spartan Diet blog:
subjects get an alcohol point for consuming from one to three glasses of alcohol for men and slightly less for women. That means drinking zero alcohol -- the healthiest option, assuming the rest of your diet is healthy -- is treated the same as drinking a bottle of scotch every day. The upper end of this scale -- three glasses per day -- is enough to develop chronic alcoholism. [Emphasis mine]
Three friggin' glasses a day is chonic alcoholism???? That would make me . . . Dean Martin!
I'm sure the writer has a product to hawk, but leave it alone. I'm not on the Med Diet, but it sounds like a great way to save some people from diabetes, heart disease, and 48-inch waists.
The American Heart Association has good but non-commital things to say about the Med diet here. Eric of Health and Survival Blog--a committed-sounding name if I ever heard one--found that low carb diets lower cholesterol better than low fat diets. So there.
Go read it for yourself on the New England Journal of Medicine.