The What Diet Is Best War We are bombarded daily on television, in magazines, in newpapers and on radio, and the internet, with advertisements screaming, “try me” if you really want to lose weight. These paid and commercial ads are what I call, “the what diet is best war”. If you’ve become confused over what diet (weight loss plan) is best, you aren’t alone. And, it’s quite understandable why some people bounce from one diet to another and yet, achieve little in the way of lasting results.
Is there a winner in the diet war? Aiken Standard
“If you take these two studies together, it seems as though low-carbohydrate diets are the best way to lose weight and keep it off. But before declaring a winner in the diet wars, there are some points to consider. First, the weight maintenance was only …” http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/0709-brian-parr–4118631
While you may be tempted, or perhaps you have tried a low-carbohydrate diet, finding substantial evidence that this sort of program will keep the weight off over the long haul, is limited. A 2007 study comparing several popular diets, including Atkins, found that people following the low-carbohydrate diet lost significantly more weight (about 5 pounds more) in one year than those who used more traditional low-fat diets.
I will address the limitations of the above study for you, but first, here is some info you can use to evaluate the long term results of that study versus what the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) has tracked on people who have lost weight and have kept it off. In a report dated 2005, the NWCR was tracked 3,000 people who lost an average of 66 pounds and had kept it off for 5.5 years. It was found that less than 1 percent ate low-carb diets for weight maintenance. So, are low-carb diets effective for weight maintenance? Well, the second study would like you to believe so. The question of whether low-carbohydrate diets can promote weight maintenance was addressed in a study published last month in Journal of the American Medical Association. After initial weight loss, subjects followed three different diets for four weeks each: a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, a very low-carbohydrate diet, and a diet that was in between these two.
Keep these three things in mind when considering the differences between the NWCR tracking and the above study:
1. The NWCR tracked people only after the weight had been kept off for 5.5 years 2. The Journal of the American Medical Assoicated studied people after initial weight loss and only for four weeks. 3. The NWCR study was not controlled in a lab. Whereas, the other one was strictly controlled. Here is what the second study concluded: The study focused on how much metabolic rate changed following weight loss. Metabolic rate, a measure of how many calories someone burns each day, almost always drops when a person loses weight, something that leads to weight regain when the diet ends. The decrease in metabolic rate was lowest when subjects followed the low-carbohydrate diet compared to the other two, suggesting that this diet would be the most effective for maintaining weight loss.
Which of the two findings do you feel has more credibility? Iâ€™d go for the long term results for the same reasons as the author (Brian Parr, Ph.D) of the original article. He wroteâ€Ś â€Śa huge collection of scientific studies shows that eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains is associated with significant health benefits. By restricting these important foods, some diets may have a negative impact on health in the long run, despite leading to weight loss. Fourth, the decrease in metabolic rate could be offset through daily exercise, which has been shown to promote weight maintenance.
So will the what diet is best war ever end? Probably not in our lifetime. But you can learn to make wise choices and not just jump on a trending bandwagon.
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Published on Jul 10, 2012
Is there a winner in the diet war? And, it’s quite understandable why some people bounce from one diet to another and yet, achieve little in...