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WTF?!?

Okay, I'm as obese as the next guy, but even us rotund people can have pet-peeves. What has the world come to? In my personal opinion, this is 10% diet, 90% fad. It bothers me when every major company out there is jumping on the bandwagon, especially with a “food discovery” that is going to be out-of-date and so-wrong-the-next-week-that-we-are-all-going-to-look-back-and-wonder-to-ourselves-how-we-went-so-wrong. Anyways, I could keep going, but I won't because I am extremely out of shape and expending the energy to type this post has caused me to lose my breath. Oh well, once I catch my breath again, I'm off to enjoy my journey to the next 50 heart-stopping sex-preventing pounds of fat. Remember, it's not the destination that counts, it's the journey.

To Whomever It May Concern,

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If you are upset by that last statement and are offended, I do not apologize :P. I was kidding and I'm not being serious. I understand that being obese is a serious medical condition and that it is turning into a social problem that quite a bit of us need to face. I am also trying to lose weight but that doesn't prevent me from getting fed up with the whole diet bandwagon fad. If I see another 85 pound teenager asking for a low-carb meal because she has to lose weight (just because “it's cool“, mind you), I will scream. Nix that, I will become very enraged and may potentially go postal upon many people and corporations (just kidding again).

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Anyways, until next time, I'm outtie.

Posted on Saturday, June 26, 2004 11:26 PM | Back to top


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The first time I read your post I really had no idea what got you so worked up. When I went to write this comment, I noticed that the letters "WTF" were actually linked to something (C2 - Coke's new low carb cola - for those that didn't see it either).

I agree with you wholeheartedly, people that are of normal weight should stop attempting to look like the living skeletons most commonly referred to as the Olsen Twins (no pun intended there).

Regardless, it appears that we are already starting to figure out that this low-carb craze isn't as good as we all thought (http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/diet.fitness/06/23/low.carb.trend.reut/index.html).

Although I do believe that some people do need to watch the carbs that they are intaking, I'm afraid that people see this type of diet as a panacea for all of their weight issues. I believe that some people will just go on a low-carb diet and forgot about the all important exercise factor. It's really a simple formula, expend more than what you are taking in.

What is not simple is that people don't seem to understand is that losing weight in a healthy manner is a "lifestyle change" and those are extremely diffuclt to attain and maintain. I know, I'm attempting my own nutritional lifesytle change as well (not eating fast-food all of the time, more excerise, etc.) and it takes discipline, will, and the knowledge that this is for the long run (it's a process not a goal). Well, that's my take on the subject.
Left by Carlos on Jun 27, 2004 10:00 PM

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I guess that all hinges on what you consider normal weight. Most people would do good to lose a few pounds and if it takes some fad diet to get them interested in doing so, then what's the harm?

Marketing to hype is nothing new and I must be remiss in figuring out why this is any different than things we've seen in previous years.

I'm an active bodybuilder and I focus a lot of my efforts on nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, but aside from being tired of the commercials, I kinda like the fact that we're seeing more nutritional facts on restaurant foods.

For what it's worth, that article on cnn is foolish. Most of the warnings they spout are not backed by any studies whatsoever. Renal problems only occur at prolonged extremely high levels of protein and any other problems stated would happen to anyone eating carbs or not. Low carb diets do in fact promote the use of leafy green vegetables as they are high in fiber and will not affect your insulin levels. The article is propagana, just like Atkins. There is a sense of irony in the fact that people are trying to reap publicity in this way, no?
Left by xian on Jun 29, 2004 11:14 AM

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While I hold a similar opinion on diets such as Atkins and the like, I don't see Coke C2 as a bad thing - anything that reduces the rediculous levels of sugar (especially HF corn syrup) in Coke without making it taste like ass is a good thing in my book.

If I hadn't already cut Coke and sugar sodas out of my diet, I would consider drinking the new stuff. I still may, although my Coke consumption is down around 12 oz a month now, if that.

I do occasionally enjoy Diet Rite these days - the cola formula isn't as good as Coke, but the Splenda sweetener means I get my cola fix without any calories or nasty aftertaste. Diet Rite Tangerine is also surprisingly good. The fact that it's advertised as zero carbs amuses me while I eat my plate of spaghetti with garlic bread.
Left by Ken on Jun 29, 2004 11:49 AM

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<PretendOffense> What do you mean Postal?</PretendOffense>

My tags were originally <BeginPretendOffense> but then it didn't make any sense at the close. I think you should have gone with <HeartToHeart> the Begin would be assumed;)
Left by TomB on Jun 29, 2004 1:19 PM

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TomB -

Good point! <HeartToHeart> would have made a lot more sense. I guess if I was going to use "BeginHeartToHeart" it should have been more like

Begin HeartToHeart
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End HeartToHeart

Oh well, better luck next time I suppose :).
Left by Jason Olson on Jun 29, 2004 5:05 PM

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Ken -

I agree that the mere fact that it actually exists is at least a good thing. However, I'm annoyed by the way it happens. Do they release it because "it's healthy for you", no! They release because "everyone else is doing it". It's like high school all over again. I understand without the fad, there wouldn't be a product to sell even if they wanted to. Just because it's mass consumerism and is oh-so-capitalism doesn't mean I have to like it :).

As a side note, I've actually cut a significant amount of Soda out of my diet (at least compared to what I used to drink). Believe it or not, the beverage that I'm consuming more often than not is wonderful, refreshing H2O.
Left by Jason Olson on Jun 29, 2004 5:08 PM

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Xian -

I don't think it is any different than any other bandwagon trend that has happened over the years. It mostly just gave me the opportunity to whine a complain about the trend in general :). Now, I will admit that even though it is a fad, if it causes people to be healthier, than so be it, all the more power to them. But like I stated to Ken above, what bothers me is that the majority of companies aren't doing it because it's healthy, they are simply doing it because its popular. Of course, that's the whole nature of capitalism, I suppose. You can't make a living off a product if no market exists for that product.
Left by Jason Olson on Jun 29, 2004 5:11 PM

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I would love to be in the position to capitalize on any such trend. :D
Left by xian on Jun 29, 2004 5:15 PM

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Good point. You probably wouldn't hear me complain if I found myself on the other hand, taking advantage of the latest bandwagon (then again I kind of am with this Longhorn kick I've been on :O). I'm not exactly "morally" or "ethically" opposed to it either, just annoyed at times. However, for all I know, the true root of my feelings could be simple jealousy :D.
Left by Jason Olson on Jun 29, 2004 5:19 PM

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One word: Jarritos

It's a soda made with SUGAR not CORN SYRUP from our lovely neighbors to the south: Mexico.

It is truly nectar of the gods but I give you a warning: It's so good that I actually have become sick of it. It also helps me curb my cravings for the "real" soda (which isn't really real, just what I was raised on). Basically it's good on all fronts because it's somewhat healthier and because it's so sweet you won't be drinking much of it.
Left by Jeremy Brayton on Jul 09, 2004 3:28 PM

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