Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Diet Wars: The Truth About Diets


A new low-carb vs. low-fat diet has come out, and the Dr. Atkins camp is claiming victory, although the low-fat camp of Dr. Dean Ornish is crying foul.

According to the NY Times...

"In a tightly controlled dieting experiment, obese people lost an average of just 6 to 10 pounds over two years.

The study, published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, was supposed to determine which of three types of diets works best. Instead, the results highlight the difficulty of weight loss and the fact that most diets do not work well.

The researchers followed 322 dieters, 277 men and 45 women. The dieters were assigned to follow one of three types of diets — a diet with about 30 percent fat, based on American Heart Association guidelines; a Mediterranean diet; and a low-carbohydrate diet based on the Atkins diet plan. The study was partly financed by the Atkins Research Foundation."

So what's the real deal according to the Diet Debunker?

Does it prove that low-carb diets are better? Or is Dr. Ornish right that something was rotten in the state of science?

Here's what this diet study shows...

The results sucked. You're telling me 322 people went on a TWO YEAR DIET and all they lost was 6-10 pounds?

That's pathetic.

Thus, the headline of the article, "Long-Term Diet Study Suggests Success Is Hard to Come By".

So therefore, all the "diets don't work" people can stand up and cheer because they have more support.

WRONG.

The dirty truth about diets - the politically incorrect truth that no one wants to admit because it takes away all excuses for a lack of personal responsibility - is that DIETS DO WORK.

And if diets do work, what does that leave us with?

The fact that DIETERS don't work.

I bet that almost every subject in that study lied about how compliant they were with the diet.

That's HUMAN NATURE.

We all think we eat better than we do.

And that's why you have 322 people dieting for two years, and all they can achieve is an average of 8 pounds of weight loss.

It's not the diets that aren't working.
So if you are having trouble sticking to your nutrition, or if you are confused about low-carb vs. low-fat, just take a deep breath and follow my 5 simple rules...

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1) Find out how much you are eating now. Use fitday.com.
2) If you are not losing weight, eat less.
3) Eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, and good protein sources. Don't eat junk from a bag or a box.
4) Give yourself one treat meal per week to look forward to - not a treat day, just a treat meal.
5) Plan ahead. Prepare your meals (spend 1-2 hours on the weekend getting your meals and meal plan ready for the week). Identify obstacles and come up with solutions to avoid them.
That is it. Very simple. Most people do pretty well on 1-3 and even 5, but mess up on number 4.
I often hear how well someone did all day long, but then while making dinner they snack on upwards of 500 calories of their kid's treats, or other processed carbohydrates they have lying around the house.
The little things can add up to big time problems.
So take a good long look at everything you eat. And all of this can be avoided if you follow rule #5.
Combine my five simple nutrition rules with three short workouts per week of resistance training and interval training, and you have a very manageable fat loss plan that can fit any busy lifestyle.
You don't have to be a doctor to figure out how to eat for fat loss.

Helping you cut through the fat loss clutter to get more results in less time,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Click Here for the Truth About Fat Loss

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

iv never heard anyone say it better craig "diets do work, dieters don't" AMEN BROTHER!!!