We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If Ornish and McDougall are wrong in advocating a low-saturated fat, high-carbohydrate diet, why is it that the only diet that has reliably reduced arterial blockage has been precisely that diet?
Until I see empirical data (e.g., improved arterial patency scans) from the low-carb folks, I shall be dubious and shall spare the lives of sundry four-legged creatures.
Every fad diet has it's "pushers" and followers. Some of these diets can work but rarely do they work for long. Anyone can lose 10-15 lbs in a month Almost anyone can lose that kind of weight for a few months, but what then? Obesity is genetic, you get it from your parents not your diet. If you are obese a simple fad diet like high carbs or low carbs will not change your genetic destiny. If you are simply a little overweight then any diet will lose some weight for you but the trick is to keep it off. Probably for the same reasons you were a little overweight post fad diet you will again be a little overweight.
Your genes give you the propensity to be obese, or diabetic, or a mass murderer, but that doesn't mean you have to be any of them.
Everyone loves to blame their genes. Take a look at any black and white film from early last century, in particular, scenes showing large crowds; sports or political events. Those people were built with the exact same genes as the current generation, and you can count on one hand the number who were obese. There has been a radical change in diet and lifestyle over the last 50 years, that is, we now stuff in more food than is needed to sustain a body during a day's work (and play), and we spend too much time sitting in front of computers or televisions rather than doing physical work or taking exercise. Cut most of the carbs from your diet (carbs = sugar), exercise every day with sufficient zip to get you sweating and short of breath (half an hour or so of hard, physical activity, not a stroll through the park with the dog), and you will keep off those excess pounds. It's as simple as that; no fads, no supplements, no $200 trainers, no extra-wide seats in restaurants, no epidemic of diabetes or obesity ... no diabesity.