Pat Robertson Claims Low-Carb Diet ‘Violates’ God’s Principles

Does a low-carb diet “violate God’s principles”? That’s what televangelist Pat Robertson claims, and he doesn’t really care about “all these scientific tests” showing that low-carb works fine.

Me, I’d rather stay with science when it comes to what’s healthy, than some random person’s personal interpretation of God’s will.

Here’s what started it all, a news segment starring Jimmy Moore and other low-carb success stories:

CBN.com: Eat Fats, Cut Carbs to Reclaim Your Skinny Self

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  1. Lobo
    I've personally seen the evidence that low-card diets work.

    Now show me the evidence that God exists.

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  2. JM
    I am a christian and a physician and this embarasses me. It is baseless and absurd! Its simply foolish to speak on a subject, on national TV nonetheless, when you clearly have no scientific rationale or backing.

    "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion"

    Proverbs 18:2

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  1. Lobo
    I've personally seen the evidence that low-card diets work.

    Now show me the evidence that God exists.

    Reply: #48
  2. Zepp
    Well, Im not perticaly religius.. but if God have given us the alternative with ketosis, it must be blasfemia to not us it?
  3. Steve
    While Pat Robertson is routinely an embarrassment to the concept of rational thought, the CBN article is an embarrassment to the concept of journalism, as the opening line from the article linked to above is an utter fabrication:

    "A diet most doctors and even the government frown on helped Jimmy Moore lose 180 pounds in one year and keep it off for the last nine years."

  4. lass
    WOW!!!!!!!!!!
  5. robert
    Principles of god. Hah!

    If people indeed believe in a god who created everything, who is the origin and cause of everything, which is "barking mad" as Mr. Dawkins so eloquently put it, then they should also believe that "anything goes". In that belief system anything that is and happens does so through their god. So high-carb making you fat and sick is god-approved, low-carb doing the opposite as well.

    Dismissing a working way of eating solely based on some archaic and flawed belief system may be convenient and easier, but it is... how to say it... yes, braindead.

  6. murray
    Well, the evidence he cites is goofy. Swollen finger joints? Ludicrous.

    It would have been helpful if the interview clip continued so we could hear him identify which principles that God set down are being violated. Are these Biblical principles (such as "Give us this day our daily bread") or is the reference to "principles that God set down" just religious-speak for evolved metabolic requirements (as in "laws of nature"). The latter is rather benign (although erroneous with regard to low-carb, high-fat). I'm as far as can be from being a fan of Pat Robertson, but cutting him off abruptly like that makes the video seem like a journalistic hatchet job.

  7. JohanKarl
    I object! There are plenty of examples in the bible (especially in the old testament) where meat and fat are considered superior to bread and honey. Just look at the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis is it the second chapter? (Talkin about a sore loser/angry farmer...)
  8. JAUS
    I don't know if I should laugh or cry, it's obviously funny because it's a stupid statement, but it's also tragic because I know that there are many that actually listen to that crazy fool.

    This just shows how poisonous religion is, just use god as a authority and you can make the indoctrinated sheep believe anything, no matter how insane it is. Religion is, in other words, organized insanity.

    Most moderate christians haven't even read their own bible and don't know how vile that book is. Rape, slavery, incest, genocide etc... all approved by god. To go to heaven you don't even have to be a nice person, you only have to believe. So a christian criminal who murders, rapes and steals goes to heaven, but an atheist (or anyone from another religion) goes automatically to hell no matter how good persons they are. A good who chooses that as criteria is not a good god, no he's a evil slaveowner that only cares about if his followers worships him.

    Luckily he dosen't exist. God is for adults what Santa Claus is for children.

  9. Mary
    To the non-believers, please know that this man does not represent what most Christians believe. He comes up with all kinds of weird things all the time. But please don't use him to bash Christianity or belief in God. If you don't believe in Him, Ok, that's between you and Him. He believes in you.
    Reply: #14
  10. Matt
    Science is all that matters Who gives a shit about god and gods principles?

    The bible was created 2000 years ago man has been here for millions of years..
    there is no proof i am sorry to say this to you christians but its true and when you religious people find something that's true you end up being in denial just like the low carb diet with the dieticians, thinking that fat gets you fat

  11. Guest
    JAUS - "Poisonous"? You are about as closed minded as Pat Robertson. Normal Christians do not read or take the bible literally because we know it was all a fabrication by a closed minded set of an all male Roman council. What is taught in church (not that you would know) is to be kind to others and do good in your community. I have never heard of anyone preaching that as long as you believe, you can go in to heaven. From experience, the Christians I know don't even care about heaven but do good things out of the goodness of their own hearts, without expecting an entrance ticket to some imaginary place.

    Your perception is just as twisted as this horrible man's. Don't tar us all with the same brush. You wouldn't like it if others did it to you. I know not all atheists are terrible "sinners" so you can't say all believers are crazy fanatics with some warped idea of God's teachings.

    Replies: #12, #36
  12. FrankG
    Then perhaps "Guest" you should rather be addressing your remarks to those bible-thumping evangelists who are dragging you all down with them. If going to church is all just about being good to others, I don't see how that makes you any different from the rest of us.
  13. Daci
    I don't need to go to church to be good to others, it's in my nature, and in the nature of most people.
    I really will be happy when P Robertson retires and people stop giving him a megaphone to spout his nonsense.
  14. Galina L.
    Mary,
    I am not a religious person, but most of the time when I hear what Pat Robertson has said, I feel sorry for a christian religious community - that man is an embarrassment to everybody he attempts to represent.
  15. Calvin
    Just found this website tonight and it is awesome. I have been eating low carb by eating natural things for almost a year and I am down 62 pounds and I want to loose 40 more. This guy is nuts what do you think Adam and Eve had processed foods like white bread and sugar. No they lived off the land and it was passed on until recently when people stopped doing hard manual labor. The reason people get overweight is because most of us sit for our jobs and it is so easy to go to the store and buy food. Its basic science Carbohydrates are fuel for the body but stored fat in the body is just that stored fuel for during famine times for years ago but we don't have famines anymore. ( I understand yes there is in third world countries) He makes up his own word? What the hell are crinkles in the body? I am a Christian and go to Church regularly and he makes me embarrassed as a Christian. He reminds me of an old southern man who doesn't like change and probably a "closet racist" and probably would say that the Bible says its ok for slavery.
  16. JM
    I am a christian and a physician and this embarasses me. It is baseless and absurd! Its simply foolish to speak on a subject, on national TV nonetheless, when you clearly have no scientific rationale or backing.

    "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion"

    Proverbs 18:2

  17. Galina L.
    I resent the idea, which is shared by most religious people I spoke with about it, that in order to have any moral values a person supposed to have a fear of God and read a Bible in order to be informed about Christian values.
    We all have a conscience, and we have a need to respect ourselves and to be respected and approved by others. I was raised in a secular community, and I had many chances to notice how ethics works as a driving force in regulating relationship in a human population. We all social creatures, people don't behave uncontrollably without a religion, they controlled by social pressure and self-conscience. Such control is not the perfect one, but it is natural for humans to be imperfect, whatever they religious or not, but religious people somehow often feel unreasonably superior when it comes to moral values, and it could be annoying. Probably, annoyed people feel some degree of satisfaction when they watch such narrow-minded individual.
  18. Ash Simmonds
    Haha - there's a reason Stefansson called his book which was about the high fat carnivorous lifestyle The Fat Of The Land/Not By Bread Alone...

    http://highsteaks.com/carnivores-creed/vilhjalmur-stefansson/adventur...

  19. Lynne
    Well, we are all missing the point here. At all costs we must avoid the 'clankers', whatever they are. I am surprised that Taubes, Attia, Endfelt, Harcombe, Moore, the Swedish government, et al have not identified them as the most dangerous thing about LCHF.
  20. Paul
    CLANKERS and CRINKLES are related to CLING-ONS who attack space-ships.
  21. Jo tB
    I would just like to clarify: the New Testament is around 2000 years old, the Old Testament is around 8000 years old. AFTER the introduction of agriculture. (Think about Joseph and the grain silos in Egypt). And both were generated in a male dominated society. So, of course, it will contain "give us this day our daily bread".

    I agree that most christians base their beliefs on a book that they have never read from cover to cover, which was why I decided to read it. 10 pages a day and it took me around 4 months. Boy was it an eye opener. Holy wars were the order of the day. Dead bodies left, right and centre. It puts a lot of pressure on the 10 commandments. So everything that man extols is pure bullshit and utterly out of context.

  22. gallier2
    One only needs to define what "God" this guy is talking about. If by God he means the corporatic oligopoly of industry and finances (big bank, big pharma, big industry) also known as Mammon, all his declarations make sense. Any resemblance with traditional religions being completely fortuitous and quite convenient to cover up and put the whool over followers eyes.

    With that key of lecture, it is easy to understand why low-carb is so "sinful", it is a threat to the bottom line, plain and simple.

  23. Scott UK
    Confused old man uses God to justify prejudices (again).

    I've often wondered why some Christian doesn't re-brand the Paleo Diet as "The Eden Diet: Eat what God intended before The Fall.

    In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were essentially hunter-gatherers, eating plants and animals. It was only after they sinned, that God cast them out, and condemned them to practice agriculture. Eating grains was a punishment: "in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread"!

    They'd make a killing selling this diet to the overweight Bible-belt.

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  24. robert
    That would be unwise for the bible thumpers!

    The better you truly feel (not just the usual pretending), the less you need a god.

    And who knows, once their brains are fed with ketones and start working 100%, they might even "see the light". It is well known that some sects deliberately use malnutrition to make their disciples more docile. Excessive sugar and grains probably do the same.

    But I agree, they should do it - and hopefully make themselves superfluous in the process. Especially so, if the result was unintended ;-)

  25. Seth
    I don't quite understand the comment made by Jimmy's wife. How is pursuing a low carb diet letting God take control of the situation?

    Quote from Article:

    "I was scared because I didn't want to be without him, and I loved him so much. So it took God taking control of the situation, and it's been wonderful," she said.

  26. PaleoDentist
    what a bunch of misinformed ignorant idiots! on so many levels!
  27. Doug
    Whats funny about this, is the 700 Club was the only network to do a report on Thomas Seyfreid's work, which uses restricted ketogenic diets to treat cancer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnZcU7z_OT4

    Reply: #28
  28. robert
    Funny... I'd call that a failure.

    Given the size (pun intended) of the problem of carb-overload, this should be on the news 24/7 until every single person has heard it a couple of times.

  29. heila
    no one can argue against my personal relationship with Christ and what the Holy Spiry mean to me on a daily basis. why are we fighting about low carbs? IT IS ALL ABOUT GOOD CARBS AND BAD CARBS. I was dying of POCS and the main cause was an addiction and intolerance to BAD CARBS.
    THROUGH 15 YEARS OF REACHERSH and Prayer i am cured from a horrible incurable syndrome?
    no Docters could help me, my Grand dad mother and farther were diabetic. if you are a diabetic sure you need insulin, but you also need to know what sugar and ALL LOW FAT DIET FOODS are doing to you. we all eat to much junk and to little whole food! To say that a low carb diet is unbiblical, is to say the least unqualified and just as stupid and ignorant as to say there is no God? what if you are wrong??
    Reply: #30
  30. Zepp
    No one cant argue about anyones relationship with Christ, Allah, Shiva or there equivalents!

    But your body is your tempel of good.. and one shouldnt wreck the tempel of ones good.. at least in Christian religion.. must be another way of blasfemia??

  31. Wendy
    @Scott There is such a thing as the Eden Diet (I think that might be what it is literally called) and it is similar to paleo, IIRC.

    For the record, I am a Christian, eat low-carb paleo, and I feel sorry for Pat Robertson. He is apparently misinformed. If he is going to say that low-carb/high-fat eating is against God's principles, then he needs scripture to back that up. As far as I know, there aren't any, and I am well studied in Bible.

    One of my friends has a great saying, 'If it's not in the Word, it should not be heard.' We have gotten into trouble over the years by mens'/preachers' opinions being touted as fact.

  32. James Preston
    As a pastor I am completely ashamed at what Pat has said here. This just goes to show what is at the heart of most Christians today: Self-righteous pharaseeism. They believe they are right and everyone else is wrong. It's a deeper issue at work here. Just sad.
    VIVA LCHF!!
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  33. robert
    Spread the word of LCHF for the benefit of all ;-)
  34. Frank Tombrello
    I think Pat Robertson is completely right, and that all of his adherents should do exactly as he says. If you are intellectually, spiritually, and most important, politically aligned with Pat Robertson's views, I think you should eat carbs until they come out of your ears and thus please God.
  35. Dave the Low Carb Hockey Dad
    By the way, Pat Robertson has hosted Arthur Agatston of South Beach Diet fame on multiple occasions on his show. While South Beach does not limit carbohydrates to the extent that some other diets do, it clearly seeks to reduce and moderate them and even AVOID refined carbs such as flour and sugar. Here's a link on Robertson's own website with one of the interviews he did with Dr. Agatston.

    http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/arthur_agatston_102511.aspx

    The Low Carb Hockey Dad blog:
    http://thelowcarbhockeydad.blogspot.com/

  36. grinch

    JAUS - "Poisonous"? You are about as closed minded as Pat Robertson. Normal Christians do not read or take the bible literally because we know it was all a fabrication by a closed minded set of an all male Roman council. What is taught in church (not that you would know) is to be kind to others and do good in your community. I have never heard of anyone preaching that as long as you believe, you can go in to heaven. From experience, the Christians I know don't even care about heaven but do good things out of the goodness of their own hearts, without expecting an entrance ticket to some imaginary place.Your perception is just as twisted as this horrible man's. Don't tar us all with the same brush. You wouldn't like it if others did it to you. I know not all atheists are terrible "sinners" so you can't say all believers are crazy fanatics with some warped idea of God's teachings.

    When you say this are you excluding the Catholic church of over a billion members? I would say most Catholics believe they will go to heaven and that the only path there is through faith in Jesus Christ.

    I'm an atheist who attends weekly mass more than most Catholics do. They definitely preach this. And while the church has mostly good intentions and helps a lot of people, I didn't appreciate when they displayed a bigoted anti-gay propaganda video on a projection screen during mass just before an election when the issue of gay marriage was on the ballot.

  37. Oscar b
    We live in a world that we have gotten from God and taken it abused it found fault with it and blamed God for all that we have decided to destroy, yet we can make a statement like God is just a myth.
    I would suggest that you all who don't believe there is a God to take same time and walk into the forest or field and keep quite and listen to the beauty around you and then say there is NO GOD
    Wake Up and smell the roses
    God is alive today tomorrow and everyday
    The time will came when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that HE IS LORD.
    Reply: #38
  38. Paul the rat
    and after you finish your walk in the forest or in the field come to the oncology ward in a hospital and see 10 year old girl dying in agony from cancer.
  39. Myfanwy
    Well, really! If we're taking it all literally, I think Mr Robertson should be endorsing cannibalism, not high carb eating....:

    John 6:50-71 ESV:
    "This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh"..."Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. ..."

    Honestly. If there is an alien race out there watching us, they're probably bashing their eye stalks against the shuttle walls and howling with laughter. I would be laughing too, but people listen to that man, and send him money, and I just find it unutterably depressing....

  40. Myfanwy
    Besides which there is only one sacred text with anything sensible to say on the subject of LCHF eating:

    Say!
    I like green eggs and ham!
    I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
    And I would eat them in a boat!
    And I would eat them with a goat...
    And I will eat them in the rain.
    And in the dark. And on a train.
    And in a car. And in a tree.
    They are so good so good you see!

    Thank you.
    x

  41. Bruce
    Here's a recipe right out of the Bible, Pat!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q30vI8wDGk

    Bread baked over human shit by God's command. Will that keep the crinkers away? How's about them carbs!

  42. Wendy
    Good thing I don't believe in god! Woo!
  43. Wendy
    Hey Oscar b, what are you smoking and can I have some.
  44. Jenny
    So god wants me to be fat, Pat Robinson? This man is a close-minded, judgmental hypocrite. God has better things to worry about besides my choice of diet. War, crime, poverty...whoa!!! Jenny just ate something I don't approve of! Bah!
  45. Jenny
    Robertson, not Robinson. Sorry. Let me get the jerks name right.
  46. patti Corder
    doesnt god tell us not to judge how others eat? Ian't it clear he want's us to eat meat in bible? Isn't it clear others will tell us how to eat & eating meat be wrong & will be evil? Hasn't money making distorted our views? Doctors no nothings; only industries who have enough to pay for their education can educate them.
  47. Rebecca-low carb dieter
    Two evidences

    1. All creation speaks about God, no one has an excuse to not believe.
    2. The fact that you have food to eat, low carb, or high carb, or high fat or low fat.

    the bible says God tells you to eat everything, everything he created as food, animals and vegetables are good.

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