Thursday, October 4, 2007

The NEW Fad Diet? The GB Diet . . .

A new book out from our friends at Random House, Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease, is trying to becoming the next big thing in dieting a la the impact that Mr. Atkins and Mr. South Beach and Mr. Grapefuit all had with their various diets. What is interesting about this book, written by established scientific writer Gary Taubes, looks at - for the first time that I can think of in a mass circulation DIET book - the connection between food and the digestion process and the impact on the body.

Taubes argues, obviously enough (and yet hardly reinforced with most diets that have become all the rage) that the kind of calories we consume matter more than the quantity. "Good calories," says Taube, "come from foods without sugars or easily digested carbs - meat, fish, cheese, non-starchy vegetables. Bad calories," he continues, "come from foods that overstimulate insulin secretion - bread, potatoes, pasta, sugar, tropical fruits."

Hmmmmmm. Interesting. So you're saying that I can eat foods but I should be concious of what is in them . . . and should avoid sugars and should avoid heavy starches and complex carbohydrates and that I am better off with a low fat, high protein diet than I am with a diet of suargy sweetness and bulk? Wow. That sounds EXACTLY like the advice that Mary Lou preaches. Which is EXACTLY the advice that I follow and the diet I adhere to.

Maybe we're not so crazy to give up "all those other foods" if we can still have what we really need to begin with to live longer, healthier lives. This is one "fad" diet that I plan to stick with and have long term success with.

THANKS MARY LOU (and thank you too, Gary Taubes, for spreading the word to the rest of masses)!

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