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#1 Old 07-16-2004, 01:31 AM
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Whole article at http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsst...6035/story.htm



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USA: July 15, 2004



NEW YORK - So much for the low-carbohydrate lifestyle.



More than half of all U.S. consumers that have tried following diets that eschew carbs such as bread and sugar have given up, a survey released yesterday found, and interest in the popular regimens appears to have plateaued.



According to research firm InsightExpress, which conducted the survey online, fewer than 10 percent of Americans are currently on popular low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins, South Beach and The Zone.



In contrast, a survey conducted in December of last year by Opinion Dynamics Corporation found that, at the time, 11 percent of Americans were on low-carb diets.



The latest InsightExpress poll of 500 Americans also found that of survey participants who were not following low-carb diets, fewer than one in five would consider buying a low-carb product because they perceive a diet low in carbs to be unhealthy.



That's unwelcome news for U.S. food companies such as H.J. Heinz Co. and General Mills Inc. that have scrambled in the past year to keep up with the low-carb trend by reformulating staples such as ketchup, cereal and yogurt to reduce their carbohydrate content.



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THANK GOD(and GODDESS)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



i made a collage of low carb ads. its horrid. im super happy now.
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10% are following that diet? Holy crap.



When only around 2.5% are vegetarian. This news doesn't bring me much happiness!
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no but that people are stopping, thats what makes me happy.



you should have seen me when the media started trashing the atkins diet.
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#5 Old 07-16-2004, 06:15 AM
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i hope that the percentages keep dropping.
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I think it's good news.
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Yeaaaaaa!
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I think everyone is just annoyed by allo the food that now has low carb versions. It is just friggin annyoing.
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It is annoying. I go to the "health food store" and it's overrun by frankenfoods.... Ugh!
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Thank goodness.



People are incredibly stupid sometimes.
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It is annoying. I go to the "health food store" and it's overrun by frankenfoods.... Ugh!

I've noticed that. Even years ago at the health food store, I'd find frankenfoods and think to myself "what the hell are those doing here??!?!" Now it's half the freakin' store! I'm so glad that (according to this article) this trend is going away. I think eating less refined carbs is a wonderful thing, however I hate that people think it's a great excuse to eat animal flesh and call it "healthy".
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It is annoying. I go to the "health food store" and it's overrun by frankenfoods.... Ugh!



I'm adding the term "frankenfoods" to my vocabulary... it's a good way to classify those things!
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These food companies are so dumb. Did they learn nothing from the low-fat craze? I don't think low-carb is going to go away completely, just like "low-fat" will never go away completely. But, like every other diet craze out there, once people realize that *surprise!* it's not a magic bullet, and that you actually have to pay attention to things like nutrition and exercise, well it's back to the status quo.
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Wait. Last December the number was 11%, and now it is under 10? With a sample size of 500, that is within the margin of error.

Also consider that December being near January 1st (New Year's Resolutions), it would not be surprising for there to be a spike in diets around that time.



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I'm addicted to The Onion...but this was a great article about our 'search for the cure' for obesity...



http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?issue=4028&n=1
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10% are following that diet? Holy crap.

As Tame has pointed out, it says fewer than 10% - that could mean anything from 0% to 9,99%. So, in theory, there could actually be more veg*ns than low-carb people. (Not that I believe that is the case.)

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It is annoying. I go to the "health food store" and it's overrun by frankenfoods.... Ugh!



When I was on Atkins , those frankenfoods made me more than the fiber I am eating now. How healthy can that be?



The low carb craze is dying down, but not fast enough!
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You don't hear so much about Atkins and low-carb diets like 6 months ago. The books are no longer dominating the store shelves like they were either. That's not surprising at all..things that come on that strong usually lose steam pretty quickly...typical fad.
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Tame, I thought the same thing myself. I really don't think these stats prove much.
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>>Wait. Last December the number was 11%, and now it is under 10? With a sample size of 500, that is within the margin of error.

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Oh, snap!



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Anyone see that carl's junior advert which suggests that you should compensate for previous high-carb binges by ordering their low-carb chicken burger? That wouldn't even work under Atkin's logic...the diet industry is nuts!



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As Tame has pointed out, it says fewer than 10% - that could mean anything from 0% to 9,99%. So, in theory, there could actually be more veg*ns than low-carb people. (Not that I believe that is the case.)



Usually when an article is written this vague, and the intent is to try and show a decrease, the "fewer than 10%" usually means the number is pretty close to 10%.
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No matter what the numbers are, I know one thing is definite. I will NEVER be back on the low carb crap wagon!
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That's good to hear. From the media blitz, you'd think that 50% of people were low-carbing.

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Yup. I didn't post this as any definitive statement. I just thought it was fun to see Reuters putting out a piece that sorta helps usher out Atkins, whether the low-carb craze is really fading or not. You see stuff like that in the headlines, and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy, seeing as so few on these diets are thinking for themselves in the first place...
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You see stuff like that in the headlines, and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy, seeing as so few on these diets are thinking for themselves in the first place...



Gawd, isn't that the truth.
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We have low carb stores here that carry only low carb products - "one stop shopping for all of your low carb needs." It will be interesting to see what the turn into next.
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I'm addicted to The Onion...but this was a great article about our 'search for the cure' for obesity...



http://www.theonion.com/news/index.php?issue=4028&n=1

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"I came down with obesity two years after I got married," 41-year-old Oklahoma City resident Fran Torley said. "I know it was hard for my husband to watch me suffer from this disease. When he caught obesity a year later, he got so depressed, he couldn't do anything but sit on the couch. Some days, we sit and watch television from dawn till dusk, hoping for news of a breakthrough."



Kim said he sees no cure on the horizon.







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While others might have been discouraged by failure, Kim has intensified his efforts.



"I'm in the lab day and night," Kim said. "The other researchers will say 'Come have dinner with us,' but I'm so busy that I have to just grab some yogurt from the vending machine. I'm just too busy running over to the research facility on the west side of campus or carrying samples to the lab up on the fourth floor. I've lost 20 pounds since starting this project in January."

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You see stuff like that in the headlines, and it's a self-fulfilling prophecy, seeing as so few on these diets are thinking for themselves in the first place...



Oh, I agree. It plants a seed of doubt as to the effectiveness of the diet, and from there it would have to be a downwards spiral. Let's just hope more people print headlines like this!
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I saw a book at the grocery store entitled, "Atkins for Life." Well, at least you wouldn't have to be on the diet very long.







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I saw a book at the grocery store entitled, "Atkins for Life." Well, at least you wouldn't have to be on the diet very long.







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Hah! Good point...
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