Monday, December 05, 2005

Fatkins will kill you

I do all the food shopping in both of the places I live. My real estate agent doesn't cook, and when I get back to Chico, I do all the food shopping there too. It's no big deal because I actually enjoy food shopping. I love cooking.

When in line, I see which stupid celebrity is divorcing or cheating on whom and another recipe book/ad/propoganda crap for the Atkins diet. It's bad enough that this stupid fad is shoved down our throats everywhere else, but I'd rather even see paparazzi crap than Atkins.

I'm sick of it. Half of you are sick of it too, but we keep hearing it over and over again. Let me just say one thing - the Atkins diet not only doesn't work, it will eventually kill you, as it killed the jack*ss which invented it.

This cartoon is hilarious. Warning - contains the F-word about twenty times, but it's still worth seeing. It simply says the Atkins diet will destroy your kidneys and your brain. And self-worth shouldn't come from body image anyways. If you're fat or skinny, tall or short, so what? I could care less. If you're cool to me, I'll like you. I don't care what you look like. If someone doesn't like you for what you look like, screw them. They suck.

I did a little research and found that not only does it destroy your kidneys and your brain, it raises your cholesterol level to a dangerous degree, causes osteoporosis, and heart problems if you stay on it long enough. The AMA has even written papers against it.

Carbohydrates are very much needed. The Canadians even have a candy called "Smarties" which are almost pure sugar. They know carbs are brain food.

There's a lot of information out there. If anyone is interested, I'll do a post later on this week about losing weight in a safe way. But let me reiterate that one's body shape should mean absolutely nothing about how they feel about themselves. No matter what your body shape is, someone out there will put you in a negative light. It's because they're insecure about themselves, and don't let their insecurities get to you.


Blogger FantasticAlice said...

Every diet causes something bad. Anything that is told the be beneficial screws you in another way.. ie... drinking milk lowers a womans chances of oesteoparosis, but increases a woman's chance for breast cancer.

eh, eat what you want.. we are all going to die someday.

12/05/2005 8:58 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

The author of The South Beach diet says the same thing, The Atkins diet will make you lose weight but you better only do it for a short amount of time or else it will kill you.
Any diet that suggests you can eat a pound of ground beef or bacon sounds suspicious to me.
The South Beach diet was created by a doctor for his heart pateints and you can use it for the rest of your life.

12/05/2005 9:33 AM  
Blogger lime said...

bravo on this post and on the one about yoru great-grandfather. you hit the nail on the head both times.

i had 3 caraccidents in 3 years (none my fault). after my injuries i became rather inactive and packed on wieght, which exacerbated the back injuries. i had to do somethign to loose for the sake of trying to avoid back surgery. not to sound like a commercial but weight watchers was really good. i was able to eat enough 'fun' food to stay sane but learned how to monitor portions which are my biggest problem. i've been able to keep most of the weight off too for a year and half now.

i have 2 girls ages 15 and 12 and i wanted to be really careful how i presneted the whoel thign to them. they are both thin and i did not want them getting the idea they had to diet and get thinner. i kept telling them it was about my health, which it was. they seemed to grasp it.

12/05/2005 10:18 AM  
Blogger Bearette24 said...

I agree. I am all about the carbs! I'm vegetarian so everything is fruit, veggies, pasta, etc. For protein I like cheese and tofu.

At the place I used to work, 2 guys were on Atkins and they were always eating eggs and bacon. Couldn't be healthy.

12/05/2005 10:30 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

A friend of mine's wife is a renal dietician - she works with people in kidney failure. She's been saying this about Atkins for years - that much protein will eventually destroy your kidneys and liver.

What ever happened to everything in moderation and get up off your fat lazy ass and WALK five blocks rather than drive it? Oh yea,... that's not as easy as a magic diet.

I think, personally, that suburban sprawl and the prevelance of individual automobiles has contributed to Americans' fatness. I don't know about other suburbia's but when you get far enough outside the city in Chicago there's not even SIDEWALKS along the main roads. You literally have to drive everywhere.

12/05/2005 10:31 AM  
Blogger Bhakti said...

Hi Zombie!! I haven't been able to open your comments link for awhile--it's good to be back!

I appreciate your sentiments regarding people's body image. I'm not obese by a long shot, however, I never felt comfortable with the extra 10 pounds I gained last year. People that I worked with didn't have a problem telling me that I'd gained weight, either. I think that is the rudest thing that anyone can do: comment on anyone else's weight!!

Anyway, I just lost 13 pounds because I'm a prime candidate for diabetes and heart disease. I want to be healthy!!

Thank you for your heartfelt posts, Zombie Slayer!!

12/05/2005 12:59 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

As a waittress, I've seen a LOT of people on the Atkins diet. I have yet to see ANY of them lose NOTICEABLE weight.

12/05/2005 1:51 PM  
Blogger Miladysa said...

Great post - from the heart!

Life is meant to kill you - let us be as happy as possible before it does! Food should be enjoyed, everything in moderation. It is so sad that so many people are starving or do not have enough to eat and others are following fad diets!

12/05/2005 1:59 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I've seen the Atkins diet REALLY work. One buddy of mine lost over 100 lbs doing it. Of course soon after stopping the diet, he gained much of it back.

Another friend lost more than 40 lbs, and has since kept the weight off by watching his food intake.

What's worse: Atkins or John Basedow?

Personally I could go without seeing another John Basedow, 2.5 minute abs commercial, or his emaciated, malnurished bony-face.

12/05/2005 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Michele said...

I've always thought the Atkins diet was abnormal. Think about when Jesus fed the 4 thousand; He made fish AND bread. Would he give us something that's not good for us?
You're right, we're so hung-up on the way we look. Listen in at a funeral. Noone ever remembered a person saying, "I loved that guy. He had a great body, wore stylish clothes, and always had cool hair." No, we always remember the kind things they did for us.
I answered your query back on the Harry Potter post.

12/05/2005 3:01 PM  
Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Too funny - I tried the Atkins diet about four years ago and I'm not usually a cranky bitch, except for when I went on that diet. I felt deprived the whole dang time and, even though I lost weight on the diet, I gained it all back when I went off of it, plus some. The only thing I've known to actually stay healthy is to eat reasonably and actually allow myself snacks once in a while and exercise at least 45 minutes a day. I would never endorse Atkins for anyone and I know my experience was not unique. I think the craze has slowed down lately, though. Maybe people are coming to their senses?

12/05/2005 9:54 PM  
Blogger Bridget Jones said...

*Bridg standing up applauding Zombieslayers* Words LONG needed to be said, and you did it so well!!

I think Smarties are imitation M&Ms but you didn't hear that from me.

High protein? Low (gulp) CARBS? I don't think so.

My Mom wound up feeding her cat people tuna for months (my sister's idea). You would not believe how skinny that cat got. I hadn't seen him (or Mom) for maybe 2 weeks and got the shock of my life when I saw him. He was back onto cat food the next day. Poor little guy.

If it happens to cats, I figure the odds are just as good for us bigger mammals.

Have had anorexia twice before I smartened up and just let it ride. Of course being a 53 year old smart alek will do that to you...

12/05/2005 10:20 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Alice - I don't really follow a diet, just enjoy my food and do moderate exercise. Works for me.

Sadie - Never looked into the South Beach diet. I haven't heard of deaths related to it, so it's probably fine.

Lime - That's pretty cool that Weight Watchers works for you. We have a Weight Watchers program at work and supposebly it's working for the women who follow it. There's one woman who I think has a perfect body and her girlfriends say it's because of Weight Watchers.

Bearette - Check their cholesterol level twenty years from now if they're still alive.

I go vegetarian once a week. it's not for health or moral reasons, but for money. Meat is expensive. A vegetarian dish once a week saves $10 a week. That's $520 a year.

Laura - I think, personally, that suburban sprawl and the prevelance of individual automobiles has contributed to Americans' fatness.

Funny, Bruce Lee of all people warned about this in the 70s. He was telling people that they need to walk everywhere instead of driving short trips. He wasn't making a statement about sprawl, but about health.

Bhakti - That's uncool about your co-workers. From a man's perspective, men like different body shapes, depending on the man. For me, take a Playboy centerfold and add 20 pounds and you get my ideal woman.

But then again, ideal is just ideal. My wife is three inches taller and ten pounds lighter than a Playboy centerfold, but we get along. That's why I married her, not for her body.

Tshsmom - I've known some who lost weight on the diet, then got it right back. The diet works by shocking the body. Unless I'm having a heart attack, I don't want my body shocked.

Miladysa - It's funny, I was reading Vest's (Aussie WWII Vet blogger, funny guy) blog and he was talking about social excesses that he did in the past. I said they're a good thing every once in awhile. We're meant to be happy. I like what Ben Franklin said - "Beer is proof that God likes us and wants us to be happy." or something like that.

The point is not to glamorize beer but rather to make a point that life is meant to be enjoyed.

Joe - What's worse: Atkins or John Basedow?

Tough call. That's like asking if I'd rather lose a finger or a toe. I'd rather lose neither.

Yeah, like I said, the Atkins diet works at first by shocking the body, which is not a good thing. WebMD actually gave a fair, unbiased analysis of the Atkins diet. You might want to read that.

Michele - We need both fish and bread. Good point.

Yeah, I've always prefered black (as in skin color) funerals because folks just let it all out. No tears or emotions are held back.

I'll check the HP post. :)

Notta - I hope they're coming to their senses. As for the crankiness, it's because you're brain is angry at you. It wants carbs.

12/05/2005 10:42 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Bridget - I won't even pretend to be the expert in anorexia, but I assume that it's from two causes - 1) because we're obsessed with body image, or 2) to delay puberty. I've known one who was a #2 and actually knew a guy who was #1 (bulemic, which is sort of the same thing as anorexia but the opposite, if that makes any sense).

I really wish we'd teach kids to like their body shape whatever it is. Losing weight should be for health reasons only and should have nothing to do with beauty.

Self-esteem comes from the self, and should not come from the body.

12/05/2005 10:47 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I came back to listen to your mp3 and it's gone! Booo!!

12/06/2005 2:09 AM  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Good for you, hon! I agree with you 100%. The only thing I would add is that we all still need to exercise. But these fad diets are dangerous. Did you ever hear about the Cambridge diet?

As for celebs, they make me want to vomit. I found myself telling a fried that I'd never want to be a celeb...having to live your life in the spotlight, and know that the first chance your mate gets to cheat on you, he probably will (since it's likely to be with Angelina Jolie - who's had more turns than a doorknob).

Still, there's a lot you could put up with for $35 million a year...

So, I think they'll survive. They'll just buy more Prada accessories to ease the pain.

12/06/2005 5:28 AM  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

Telling a FRIEND. Not a fried. Hmm, must've been thinking of Colonel Sanders...

12/06/2005 5:29 AM  
Blogger Slade said...

The cartoon WAS hilarious!

"If someone doesn't like you for what you look like, screw them."

The problem with this mentality is that there is priviledge in beauty--it's not necessarily that someone doesn't like's that you are not what society deems beautiful, and so therefore are oppressed in a lot of ways. I would love for it to be as simple as "screw them" and actually yes, SCREW THEM, but to leave it at that doesn't solve the problem of beauty priviledge. I know this does't make much sense--I could express it much better in person--sorry, ZS!

12/06/2005 7:03 AM  
Blogger Sizzle said...

great post. more people need to get on this bandwagon.

:) sizzle

(came over from wino)

12/06/2005 7:55 AM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

I've struggled with my weight, off and on ever since having kids, and my oldest is 19. On the occasion when I do get motivated and manage to take weight off though,it's always through Weight Watchers; it really is a program that works and also is a plan in which a person, fat or thin can use for life.
This year though, I sort of had the revelation that the old saying "beauty is skin deep" is really true. I have seen people that I know go from being heavy to thin, and they're still just as mean and evil as ever. The only thing that has changed is the outward, and the lines on the face are a bit deeper. On the other hand there are those in my life that when first introduced, I didn't stop and think to myself, "wow, what an exceptionally beautiful/handsome person they are!" However, over time they became so much lovlier and attractive to me because of the kindness they show and the love they share with those around them. Writing this, it sounds so corny, but it's really true. Give me a chubby, average-looking friend, who's sweet, generous, kind, hospitable, merciful, etc. over a thin one who doesn't know how to love, any day of the week. Just my two cents.
BTW, would it be okay if I rode in on my nephew Levi's shirt tails, come spring when you all get together?

12/06/2005 7:56 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Jenn - You were supposed to save it, sweety. Grab it from here.

Saurkraut - Did you ever hear about the Cambridge diet?

No. Never heard of it. Does it work?

As for celebs, I like my privacy, so I wouldn't want to be one. Wouldn't mind the money though.

Slade - No, I know exactly what you're talking about. Good looking men and women make more money, get more raises, get more promotions, etc. But life will always be unfair, so folks have to find ways around it.

I've always had a baby face. It's a curse, not a blessing. Try getting a home loan when people don't take you seriously. But then again, I have a deep, strong masculine voice. So I do 100% of my business transactions by phone. I'd prefer not to meet people in person, until after the deal is done. That's my way around it. Does that make any sense?

Ms Sizzle - Cool. Thanks for coming and you're welcome any time.

Melanie - I'd love to meet you in person as well.

Wonderful reply. Beauty is only skin deep. I notice my wife still gets stares from guys in their 20s, but in time, they'll stop. She'll always be beautiful to me though, as corny as that sounds.

Like I said in the last post, I want to grow old with one person, the same person. If we both live long enough, I'd love to make fifty years with her.

With friendship, all I care about is how well we get along. I don't care what class they came from, what ethnicity their parents were, their body shape, their religion, or whatever. As long as they're cool.

Physical beauty fades anyways. Over time, the heart matters most.

12/06/2005 8:53 AM  
Blogger angel said...

Hey I have a totally off the subject question for you...I have a friend who is deathly afraid of Zombies. Zombie lama said I should ask you. What can I get him for christmas that will rid his home of these zombies he swears might be out there...You know like garlic keeps away vampires...Is there anything like that for zombies?

12/06/2005 9:28 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

You'll have to stand in line to meet the Zombieslayer. *sticking my tongue out*
Beautiful post. As I was reading it I was thinking of certain people (as I'm sure you had certain people in mind as you wrote it) and I couldn't agree with you more.
You should venture out and post more. I miss your comments.

12/06/2005 9:43 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

I agree that we place an unhealthy amount of focus on appearance, but that doesn't excuse the fact that we're a country of fat slobs who spend more time justifying our excessive weight than working to get fit...

There are more obese people now than ever and even the amount of morbidly obese people has risen. What do we do? Instead of eating sensibly and excercising regularly and, yes, walking instead of driving three blocks, we entertain lawsuits saying that an airline hurt our feelings because they tried to charge us for two seats.

For every two people with legitimate medical conditions that lead to excessive weight there are 98 using imagined conditions as an excuse. Being large is becoming the ADD of this decade, a legitimate meidcal concern for some and an easy out for many.

And everyone wants the quick fix, a magic cream that will make them look like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt. How about they look like that because, one, they were blessed with pleasing appearances and, two, they spend time staying fit.

And for the record, I know I'm packing an extra 10-15 pounds, but I'm not going to claim that's because of anything but my own laziness. I also know enough to be aware that I need to take it off because it will make me more healthy.

12/06/2005 10:17 AM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Foamy ROCKS!

12/06/2005 10:59 AM  
Blogger neal said...

I think if you cut anything out of your diet like no carbs or no protein you are asking for trouble. You should try to eat a balanced diet and if you have problems with weight you should try to eat smaller portions. I just don't understand those people who I see order an entire pizza for themselves, then drink a diet soda.

Besides I couldn't live without carbs. I have gotten used to eating rice twice a day...

12/06/2005 5:30 PM  
Blogger Bridget Jones said...

ZS good for you quoting Ben F (a fave). Both anorexic thingies were after I was married....hmmmmmmmm

Yep self esteem was in the old sewer then..

12/06/2005 6:16 PM  
Blogger Moni said...

The obsession over the Atkins diet does scare me. It will eventually cause damage to your kidneys and liver. (Ketosis) I'm not a doc, but look it up. :) The only way that a person should go on a diet is to eat healthy and exercise...there is no quick fix, outside of plastic surgery and that has it's risks too.

I've struggled with my weight all my life and I can tell you from experience that a diet shouldn't be something that you go on should be a lifestyle change. A lot of people don't get that, including me sometimes. People should strive for a healthy weight not these lolly pop headed actresses in the magazines. Being too skinny is just as dangerous as being overweight.

Kudos to you Zombie for not judging people for how they look. You're a good person. :)

12/06/2005 6:16 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Angel - Hate to say it, but no. Zombieism is a virus. Once bitten, it's all over. The best thing he could get is a dog and a shotgun.

Sadie - You have such a cool family.

Shawn - Some doctors are already predicting a "Generation O," where the next generation is so obese their parents outlive them.

ZL - Love his outsourcing ones.

Neal - You don't see too many fat Filipinos until they come to America. The Filipino diet is fine, and it's loaded with carbs.

I worked with a guy who would order huge meals with a diet soda, so that got me a laugh.

Bridget - Strange. That's a first. I've actually never heard of an anorexic married person.

Glad you got your self-esteem back. You have a good mind and a wonderful sense of humor.

Moni - Thanks. Yeah, ketosis. I was looking for that word.

12/06/2005 6:39 PM  
Blogger clothosfate said...

Oh My God... that was hilarious.. I went and bookmarked that site... I have seen that dude before! I love it and I am SO with ya!

12/06/2005 10:31 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Clothosfate - Yeah, that entire site was good. Love that little dude.

12/06/2005 11:51 PM  
Blogger MPD said...

nananananananananananana we have smarties cuz we're canadians !!! You need a smartie hookup ZS ?

12/07/2005 1:02 AM  
Blogger angel said...

He has a Giant dog and several shotguns and pistols, he's still scared...I guess I'll just have to stay close and keep him safe. :-)

12/07/2005 5:45 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

"Some doctors are already predicting a "Generation O," where the next generation is so obese their parents outlive them."

ZS: You know what I call that? Natural Selection. I know it sounds callous, but if people don't care enough about their own health, then why should I?

12/07/2005 7:28 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

I can get smarties in South Georgia. Wonderful little sugar pills.....

As for weight loss and idet, eat less, exercise more. IF you burn more calories than you take in weight will be lost.

12/07/2005 8:41 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Exmi - The formula is so simple it's moronic: calories in vs calories out. If one exercises enough, they could burn off more calories than they consume and thus lose weight.

Laura - I feel the same way. Let adults be adults. If they want to kill themselves, let them. I won't be the one to tell other adults how to live their lives.

Angel - Then he should be fine. The dog barks. He grabs his shotgun. It's all good as long as he doesn't get bitten. Maybe he should form an anti-zombie protection network to help him sleep better.

Mpd - Nah, still got some from my kid's Halloween candies. :)

12/07/2005 8:52 AM  
Blogger Bhakti said...

Who was it that said Smarties are a rip off of M&Ms?? Smarties kick major buttocks! I love them, and I'm from the eastern coast of the United States (I'm not red or blue, I'm purple, by the way).

Smarties rule!!!

M&Ms kick butt, too.

We're talking apples and oranges here, people.

12/08/2005 10:17 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

Why do Elephants in Canada have their feet painted Red, Blue, Yellow and Brown?
.seitrams fo tekcap a ni nwod edispu edih nac yeht oS

12/08/2005 6:36 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Bhakti - Yeah, I like both.

Vest - What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?

Time to get a new fence.

12/12/2005 7:15 PM  

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