Nope. Now that research favors low-carb eating like Atkins, my primary concerns are minimizing starchy carbohydrates while eating enough protein, pounds of great vegetables, and some fruit, plus sufficient fats to keep from getting too lean. I eat only in restaurants where net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) are not hidden and preferably even listed on the menu or online. If they won’t feed me a breakfast or early lunch of a huge dinner salad, a 4-egg omelet, steamed and buttered vegetables, some fruit, and some oatmeal, all with no hidden sugar and starches, I eat elsewhere.
I criticized this approach in print for years, but reversed my position as its myths were disproved. Doctors, friends, and total strangers very often comment on my physique, and I windsurf for many hours in gale force winds and overhead waves every day the Columbia Gorge provides them. I’ve seen many other obvious and indisputable health benefits since dramatically lowering my empty carb (starch) intake without counting calories or fat, and I patronize restaurants that help me.
I live and love to eat, and at 71 can pay for it. Are ya listening, surf’n’turf and fast food houses?
— MICHAEL FICK, Kennewick