Health knowledge made personal
In September of 2003, I was working with a very good friend who just happened to be the owner of the company I then worked for, and I had noticed that he had lost some weight - he kept pulling up the pants of his pinstripe suit like a hobo. I asked him about it and he seemed reluctant to say, but eventually he admitted that he was on the Atkins? diet.
This was at the height of the "low-carb diet craze", where the message seemed to be that you can eat all the meat and saturated fat, butter and cream you can stuff in your gullet and the pounds would drop off - just make sure you stay away from things like sugar and bread, and don't bother to count calories - count carbs. Doctors kept saying how dangerous it was but it was all the rage anyway.
So, being a good and supportive friend, I do what any good and supportive friend would do in a similar situation - I rip into him mercilessly.
Oh - and did I mention I lost 80 lbs and didn't exercise? My blood pressure also went down to normal for the first time in 20 years, I have more energy and mental acuity than ever, a chronic heartburn I had since I was in my twenties went away and I sleep 2 hours less each night? Isn't all this just slightly remarkable?