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How do I get through to my diet obsessed friend?

My friend is in great shape, very lean, but not skinny.
She's obsessed with eating protein, protein, protein and what time of day she eats it. She's not body building or anything, but is a runner (hello? doesn't she need to concentrate on eating carbs?). She doesn't eat breads and limits her pastas. Her reason for doing this is because she thinks she'll get fat if she doesn't. She doesn't have a history of obesity in her family, but does have a history of cancers (various).

I believe in moderation and balance, I eat a lot of fresh veggies and fruits, fish, and I limit meat (red) and dairy as these things are proven (read the medical journals available to you) to cause all sorts of cancers.

She thinks that because she looks terrific on the outside that the inside must be great too. When in reality, in the long run she is really hurting herself.

And lastly, because of her high protein diet, her breath is rancid, wouldn't that be an indicator that the insides aren't all groovin?

Wed. Jan 23, 2:57pm

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if it works for her and her doc agrees, leave her alone. different diets work for different people. she probably knows if she slips, one pound becomes 5, then 5 becomes 10, etc. it's her life, enjoy her as a friend and focus on your health..

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 3:43 PM

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I have a friend like that too, she carries around binaca :o)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 4:09 PM

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Protein is a very important part of a diet (not a gimmick diet - actual lifelong diet)...but so are carbs. If she's eating fruits, veggies and protein, she'll be ok.

One doesn't need to eat pasta, rice and grains to survive....and like the other person indicated, if it's working for her and her doctor doesn't have an issue with her diet, than it's her business.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 4:24 PM

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worry about your own health and weight not hers, especially if she looks good. i would definetly mention the rancid ass breath though - true friends do tell if the others breath is bad. I had a friend like that, her phone in the office even stunk because of her decaying breath, not from her mouth but something rotting from within.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 4:46 PM

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I thought bad breath went along with protien diets like atkins. At least years ago when I did it I kinda remember hearing that.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 5:47 PM

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