Anyone with an interest in low carb diets or low carb lifestyle, has probably heard of Jimmy Moore. I say lifestyle, because to keep reaping the benefits that low carb brings, the changes in food choices have to be permanent. The beauty of a low carb lifestyle is it’s simplicity. In a nutshell, you remove sugar and highly processed carbohydrate foods (carbs turn to sugar once digested) from your life, permanently. That’s all there is to it, end of.
Jimmy Moore is arguably one of the most high profile diet guru’s in the US. Some years ago Jimmy lost a huge amount of weight using a low carb diet. No one was a better example than Jimmy, in what could be achieved using low carb. He got off medication, and his health improved markedly. But alas, it all went wrong, Jimmy walked away from simple, and turned himself into a one man science experiment. Unfortunately he has become a failed science experiment.
You may be wondering how this return to morbid obesity has come about. The answer is almost always simple, Jimmy is either using the wrong diet, or is overeating the correct diet. There are many great myths surrounding a low carb lifestyle, most are complete nonsense, pushed by corrupt dietetic outfits and dietitians on the junk food payola system. One myth I hear all too often, low carbers can eat what they like, as long as it’s low carb and high fat, and still control their weight, this is completely ludicrous.
The bottom line calories count, whatever diet you may be using. That being said, a calorie is not just a calorie, especially for diabetics. Clearly drinking 500 calories from high sugar soda drinks, has a totally different effect on the body, as say 500 calories from meat and low starch vegetables. Especially so for the 400 million diabetics in the world and countless heavily overweight people. The truth is, there are no quick fixes, no magic formula's, no easy ways to control weight and diabetes. That being said, we can give ourselves a head start in our return to good health and safe weight. We can remove from our diets the foods that have made so many overweight, so many ill, and so many type two diabetics. Namely, sugars and highly processed carbohydrates.
I do not forget, Jimmy was promoting low carb, long before many of today’s high profile medical professionals were on the case. Jimmy has been a hugely positive influence on countless people, including me. It pains me to say this, but Jimmy has become a liability to the low carb higher healthy fat cause. Over the years Jimmy has had many critics, mostly from people who have nothing to offer, the sort of people that help no one. No sound advice for diabetics, no help whatsoever for the overweight, basically they post nothing but negative bile. Jimmy once said “the haters made me famous” I’m hoping the haters can motivate Jimmy back to a healthy weight, if not for the haters, then for himself.
Just getting rid of certain foods did enable me to lose 45 pounds..but now...if I want to lose any more I will have to start counting calories.
I am sorry to hear that he has gained back the weight he worked so hard to lose. It can be hard to stay on the right path and sometimes staying on the path doesn't work because we are eating too much of one thing or two many calories. Carbs are also found in a lot of places people don't expect!
One of Jimmy's fans responds on facebook.
"Brenda Zorn 28 April 18:25
Eddie Mitchell you are a bully.
His body is NOT your business.
He has NOT gained it all back.
You have a sad sorry life if you think it is ok to criticize ANYONE'S body.
Good job winning a popularity contest is not on my agenda.
Muito importante as verduras na alimentação.
Um abraço e bom fim-de-semana.
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Francisco google translation:
Very important vegetables in food.
A hug and good weekend.
I came to the point of view, that among all medical problems which people are trying to sort out using a very low carb diet - obesity is the most difficult one, morbid obesity - the most unsolvable. Jimmy's diet adventure (I can't call it a diet) is a very important reminder for all of possible difficulties and almost unavoidable pitfalls for a diet-only approach to the weight loss when somebody has reached a morbid obesity. Sorry, very obese people, most probably, you are doomed if you use a diet only. You can improve your situation tremendously health-wise, but it is about all you can do. I never felt JM represented me, or the people I hanged around with on a diet internet - I had different set of problems, my health achievements were numerous, but not in a weight-loss department. However, the permanent loss of 30 lbs (my case) is not what most people get when they use different diets. On the top of everything, Jimmy is not well equipped when it comes to analyzing information from own experience and from all available for him sources. It is pointless to blame somebody for not being smart enough because it can't be changed, but it can't be excluded from the list of his problems.
As I said in my post, it does not matter what diet a person is on, if they are eating too many calories, they will gain weight.
"On the top of everything, Jimmy is not well equipped when it comes to analyzing information from own experience and from all available for him sources. It is pointless to blame somebody for not being smart enough because it can't be changed, but it can't be excluded from the list of his problems"
I disagree, Jimmy is a very long way from being stupid. He understands how all this works. Maybe he eats far too much fat, to many calories etc. What has annoyed me for some time is the fact he is misleading so many others. How can someone be a weight loss guru yet cannot get to a safe weight themselves. Check out his blog, so many adverts for junk food no one needs by and large.
I agree with the poster who said that you should leave Jimmy alone. Losing weight is a life-time battle, difficult for everyone in different ways. We should be supporting each other, not criticizing. This is not a matter of popularity. It's a matter of respect. Let each person try to succeed, without rocks being thrown from the sidelines from people who ought to know just how hard the task is.
I guess every man or woman has the right the right to eat whatever he/she likes, but encouraging others to eat a clearly dangerous diet, is a very different matter. Ultra high fat, next to no carbs and minimal protein is NOT a healthy diet for anyone.
It's clearly doing Jimmy no good whatsoever, gaining weight and grim blood work I am told. Extreme diets never work and Jimmy is proof of that. Jimmy and I have been distant friends for a number of years, he knows I am right, that's why he blocked me from his facebook group and the last thing he wants, is to discuss the situation with me. You have only to check out the junk food items on his blog to see where Jimmy is going wrong. I hope he gets to a healthy weight, it can be done, he has done this in the past. But not on the ludicrous diet he has used for some time.
I hope some of people who see Jimmy as a role model may be less missled looking at his results.
I am loathe to judge another human being on their diet.
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