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August 2, 2005 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
In Boise, staff members of the Idaho Potato Commission gave one another gleeful high-fives when they heard the news. In Houston, the folks at the U.S. Rice Producers' Assn. declared "good riddance." And fruit farmers in California's Central Valley said they were "happy to see them go." Across the nation, producers of carbohydrate-laden food exulted at the decision by Atkins Nutritionals Inc., the Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
April 18, 2003 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
Dr. Robert C. Atkins, who bucked dietary dogma with best-selling books that helped millions of Americans shed pounds by shunning carbohydrates while indulging in beef, bacon, eggs and butter, died Thursday as a result of injuries suffered in a fall on an icy New York City sidewalk. He was 72. On April 8, a day after a snowstorm, Atkins fell and hit his head just yards from his Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in midtown Manhattan.
April 22, 2003 | Robin Givhan, Washington Post
Few industries owe a greater debt to Robert Atkins than Seventh Avenue. Atkins -- creator of the hugely popular high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet -- died Thursday in New York. Designers and editors alike undoubtedly will eulogize him over chicken Caesar salads and bunless turkey burgers. As difficult as it may be to believe, the fashion industry recently has been more obsessed with weight loss than usual. Several high-profile designers and editors have shed a significant amount of weight.
May 11, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
For those looking to shed a few pounds, Jenny Craig may be a good bet — the plan got top honors in a Consumer Reports ranking of popular diets. But not all dieters would agree. After all, as Booster Shots blogger Eryn Brown pointed out yesterday: Jenny Craig is fairly expensive. And each diet has its fans. Consumer Reports offers an overview of its seven-diet comparison (you must have a subscription to see the rankings), but it has this to say about Jenny Craig specifically: “What gave it the edge over the other big names we assessed — stalwarts such as Atkins, Ornish, and Weight Watchers — was a 332-person, two-year study of the program published in the Oct. 27, 2010, Journal of the American Medical Association.
August 22, 2003 | From Associated Press
With sweat forming on his brow during a brisk 5 a.m. walk, Gov. Mike Huckabee said Thursday that he has found the willpower to step out of the buffet line and toward a more healthful lifestyle. "I've prayed many times, 'Lord, install in me that kind of metabolism where I just can enjoy every single thing that's on the buffet,' " he said. Huckabee said he has shed 50 pounds since starting a medically supervised diet June 10.
February 5, 2004 | Ginny Chien, Special to The Times
Cut out pasta? Sure. But cocktail hour? Some things are sacred. Bartenders -- catering to the masses of Atkins, South Beach and Zone dieters prohibited from ingesting too many sugars and starches -- are retooling their concoctions. Sweet mixers and simple syrup are out; green tea and sugar substitutes are golden.
November 20, 2005 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
IN my bathroom, I have a poster from the 2003-04 Fernando Botero show at the Musee Maillol in Paris. The Colombian artist has made an unusual specialty of painting obese people, in the case of my print, a bountifully proportioned ballerina, en pointe, her meaty shank poised as her leg unfolds. She seems completely unashamed of the figure she cuts in white leotard and tights, which is what makes her interesting and beautiful.
This is the time of year when tempers run a little testy. After all, this is peak dieting season, when even the mathematically challenged are known to perform great feats of caloric carry-over right there in the grocery aisles, hoping desperately to slip into something a little more comfortable--or rather, something more comfortably little. Let's see, for one slice of apple pie you could chew--click, click, click--78 pieces of sugarless gum.
December 20, 2010 | By Marni Jameson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Most Americans eat between 250 and 300 grams of carbohydrates a day, the equivalent of 1,000 to 1,200 calories. The Institute of Medicine, which sets dietary nutrient requirements, recommends 130 grams a day. Some, such as Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, say achieving that would be a big step in the right direction, but other low-carb advocates believe the number is too inflexible. "What people can tolerate varies widely based on age, metabolism, activity level, body size and gender," says Dr. Stephen Phinney, nutritional biochemist and an emeritus professor of UC Davis.
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