September 27, 2012

Low Carb diets are Misunderstood

Rant and Tip for September 27, 2012

Quote: “Men think epilepsy divine, merely because they do not understand it. But if they called everything divine which they do not understand, why, there would be no end to divine things.” Hippocrates

Good morning, I take the gist of this quote to basically mean when we do not understand things we like to make stuff up. At different points in history society would attribute the rising sun as a god itself and even had the sun revolving around the earth. I believe the low carb diet has gotten the same type of attention. The low carb diet has been around for a very long time. It was Dr. Atkins that perfected it though. Since then there has been a myriad of negative statements about it. All of which science today is proving to be incorrect. Eating a low carb lifestyle also does not mean that you eat 20 net carbs for the rest of your life. Carbs and Fats go hand in hand with each other and as time progresses and you add more healthy carbs into your diet you reduce some of your fats. Since I have been eating a low carb diet I have had nothing but positive results. I was at a health fair and there was a young nutritionalist there. I told her how I eat a low carb diet and she stated “How is that working out for you.” I was not sure if she meant it like, “No way that is working for him”, or if she was genuinely curious. I told her that I am a Powerlifter and it is working out great for me. I advised her I have kept the fat off for 3 years now and do not see myself going back to a low fat high carb diet. The one thing that people need to realize is that low carb for me may not be low carb for you. The Atkins book teaches you how to find your own carb balance to maintain and lose weight. This works for me and it is nice to have the science to back it up.

In using the quote by Hippocrates I in no way mean any disrespect to people who suffer from epilepsy. I have known several people over the years that have had it. Some from head injuries and others it was more of an onset type of thing. I do not claim to understand it myself but I can tell you that there is an Epilepsy specialist out there and one is the Department of Neurology at Beth Israel Medical Center. They have clinicians that are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields.

Today’s training will be all about keeping the shoulders strong and healthy, some rotator cuff work and some work for the front and rear deltoids. I like using dumbbells for this kind of work because you have use the entire should and in some cases the core to keep the weights from moving side to side and front to back. Military presses with dumbbells are great for this. I also like front and side lateral raises.

Have a great workout!

Tip: When doing the lateral raise concentrate on keeping the abs tight as you raise and lower the weight.


  1. Hello Wesley,

    Thank you very much for your visit and comment in my blog..

    You have a great, wonderful and informative blog..Your enthusiasm in combining blogging and fitness is truly remarkable..

    I am also attending a gym..but I can just be curious at the wonderful abs you have and that I see among my gym mates.

    I eat low calories food now..working out in the evening ..doing crunches, tread mill running, and bench presses..but a fit body like u have is just a dream..

    1. Tomz everyone has six pack abs. They are just covered with different amounts of fat. It is not just low calorie foods but getting enough food through out the day that will keep your internal furnace burning. Email me you daily diet and I might be able to make suggestions. Include what times you eat as well.