Atkins diet can kill you
I've never understood the nonchalant attitude many in the low carb community take towards some pretty serious side effects that you can experience with the diet. It's not that this happens to everyone, or even most, but it does seem to occur more with LC diets than any other. I, for one, never experienced my own symptoms of, likely hypoglycemia, ever before.
So I was in the mood to torture myself further while on permahold the other day and listen to Gary Taubes' Walnut Creek Library lecture from April of this past year in it's entirety. He was a bit more animated than usual so that helped, and I did make it through.
When they got to the Q&A my ears perked when he got to around the 2:30 minute mark here.
Apparently when Gary first started the diet, he was passing out and -- his words -- crashed to the floor. More than once. He even relates a story of breaking a glass coffee table in a hotel once from one of those episodes.
Now to his credit, he ate a piece of toast and it went away ..... Hmmmmm, sounds more like hypoglycemia than blood pressure but whatever.
But I can't help but wonder -- besides from watching other parts of this session and thinking what the heck is in his pockets? -- does it not strike you as even remotely dangerous that a diet might send you crashing to the floor? I've had some scary experiences with LC but never passed out!! To joke that this is somehow something he's used to from his boxing days is absurd. A diet that causes a presumably otherwise healthy relatively young man to pass out just from standing up is NOT good.
And let us not forget. Atkins died from a slip and fall. It isn't funny or something to dismiss lightly.