April 10, 2004

Atkins Dieting: A cashier's response

Though exiting the County Market cashier scene for a while, I think I may have something to add to Karissa's piece on dieting:

In January, I checked out mountains of meat and products with ATKINS APPROVED on the shrinkwrapped packages in colorful letters. I can understand why the bread companies have lost money.

In February, I answered about a trillion questions concerning the low-carb aisle. Apparently the store thought that the dieting craze was so lucrative that they decided to develop an entire line of the products specializing in Atkinsian Theory. I wonder if it will go bust by the end of the year.

In March, I noticed people going back to their old habits. They would fill up their buggy first with the "healthy" low carb stuff and then peruse the shelves for the missing elements of their diet, rationalizing those potato chips, bread and the three boxes of Little Debbie cakes they throw into their cart. "Its just one time," they think, "just once."

In April, everything is pretty much back to normal. Easter brings ham with sugar glaze, bread, and butter, as usual; though an occasional Atkins bar does pass my scanner.

My friend Karisa, a fellow cashier (not to be mistaken for Karissa) is on the diet and I don't understand why a large container of her antipasta: meat and cheese slathered in some oily dressing is better than a couple of gummi worms, which she insists is.

Is she even on the diet? She seems to think so. And she thinks she has lost weight. Maybe she has, but it may not be attributed to Atkins--it may just be her efforts to control what she is eating, especially the quantity (that is, with the exception of the antipasta). I think it may be the same with lots of people. They think they have lost so much weight because of the diet itself, but it may really be the meticulous attention they spend on the amount of what they consume.

My verdict: Many customers are returning to their habits of chips, bread, and pop. The low carb aisle will eventually get dusty and Atkins will enter the fad annals, filed closely with "The Macarena", snap bracelets, and parachute pants.


Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 10, 2004 10:48 AM
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I don't think I'll -ever- go on one of those fad diets. I mean, I don't need to or anything, but if I did feel the need to do something about my eating habits, I'd start with just cutting back on the sweets--like normal people should. ;^)

Posted by: Karissa at April 10, 2004 1:26 PM

Amen to that. Just not chocolate.

Posted by: Amanda at April 10, 2004 1:55 PM

WOW THIS IS FROM THE QUEEN OF DIETS.CAN YIU BELEIVE I HAVE BEEN ON A 50 YEAR DIET, AMANDA YOU KNOW HOW MUCH GOOD IT HAS DONE ME. i JUST HAVE TO HAVE ONLY THE RIGHT FOOD IN THE HOUSE, BUT PAPPY IS ANOTHER STORY. i MADE HIM A DIET CANDY EASTER BASKET AND HE ATE IT ALL PLUS THE CHOCLATE CAKE. tHE ONLY WAY i LOST 20 LBS. WAS TO HAVE THAT STOMACH OPERATION IN OCT. NOT LAPROSUCTION BUT HIATAL HERNIA AND ESOPHAGUS REPAIR--ONLY LIQUID FOR 8 WEEKS. LOVE YOU BABE

Posted by: grammy at April 11, 2004 7:14 PM

You crack me up, Grandma. Uck. Liquids for 8 weeks. I don't know how you did it.

Posted by: Amanda at April 11, 2004 8:49 PM
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