I'm not sure why people get so upset over another person's diet. It seems to really piss people off when they believe that something is misleading and others are going along with it (but they're not). You could feel that way about anything in life that you don't agree with. Politics, religion, and so on and so forth. Bottom line? So what. How does that affect you (what another person chooses to eat)?
I agree that it's annoying to hear about carbs carbs carbs ad nauseam. But it annoys me when my husband talks back to the evening news every freakin' nite about John Kerry too. It annoyed me a few years back when every product in the grocery store was advertised as having less fat/no fat as well.
The no carb/less carb way of eating is nothing new people. I'm old enough to remember, and participate in, the "Protein Diet." Make that liquid protein. When a person has a weight problem, like myself, you'll try just about anything once. For me, it was the planning and structure of a lot of different diets that helped me. I wanted to be told what to eat, how much, and when. It was a system - organization - that I couldn't seem to accomplish on my own, even though I could recite calories, fat content, exercise routines and knew what I ultimately had to do to lose weight. But when you have an inheritant tendency to be fat, most times any successful weight loss doesn't last for very long.
I'll never forget how the last time I lost weight, I just kept thinking, "I'm going to be one of those 5% of people that keep the weight off for longer than 5 yrs!" And I did. Sort of. But that's another story.
Probably the most important aspect of eating less carbohydrates, is that cutting down on carbs (simple carbs) is that you're less likely to overeat. Less likely to be hungry sooner. Less likely to snack and crave more carbs. Eating more carbs raises insulin, which then lowers blood sugar. This causes a desire (or craving) for more food and, in some people, carbohydrates. That's the way it works. At least I know it does for me!
I have a different origin for eating mostly protein (per my M.D.), but even that in itself has to tell you something. I don't eat as much because of my smaller tummy, so I need to eat the most important things first - and that's protein, followed by complex carbs.
Speaking of my surgery, although it's changing a little bit, there's still an attitude that people have about weight loss surgery. Just like the low carb diets. People get pissy about it. I dunno, maybe it's jealousy - who the hell knows.
ANYway... just my take on things...
This took too long to write, and now I'm getting sleepy. ha! putting myself to sleep dagnabbit. and my butt is numb. But that's from working solid all freakin' day, and I'm still not finished with *the* site update. poo.
I need more water. ahh yes, water. Now that's a good diet!