March 1, 2006 at 4:21 pm
There’s an article out today claiming that using the glycemic index to pick what foods to eat is an ineffective way to create a healthy diet. The glycemic index is a big part of the South Beach Diet, which is my diet, so I took offense to this claim because, well, check me out.
Diets are like religion, and I feel like someone just took a swipe at my God. But like any religion, I know I’m not completely rational about people who don’t worship the same dieting deity as I do. Even if scientists were able to definitively prove that the South Beach Diet killed baby penguins, colluded with terrorists and pushed over little old ladies in the street, I would be unable to think ill of it. My personal experience of losing over 135 pounds is going to trump some random researcher’s results any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
This article mostly just reminds me of why I never bothered going on a diet before. Obesity researchers can’t agree on anything! They just make us scared to put food in our mouths. I bet if you collected enough articles on dieting you could find a justifiable reason why any food you eat is going to cause you to drop dead.
So ultimately, you just have to run with something and I’m running with the South Beach Diet. (At least I’m not running with scissors.) Sure, it may ultimately prove to be flawed, but I don’t believe in a “perfect” diet. This is a “good enough” diet and that’s good enough for me. Maybe I’m losing weight because of the glycemic index or maybe following these rules just helps me eat less. Whatever it’s doing, it’s working. Dude, check me out.