DailyDirt: Jack Sprat Could Eat No Fat...
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
There is an endless stream of dieting advice out there, telling people what to eat or what not to eat -- making it sound like there are simple magic bullet solutions to losing weight and getting healthier. (The really simple solution is to eat less and exercise more, but that's usually easier said than done for most people.) There have been diets telling people to avoid all carbs or all fats, and sometimes those diets work for people, but that's just anecdotal evidence. Maybe someday we'll have more medically sound data to support/refute these trendy diet fads.
- Some serious obesity researchers are planning to study the biological causes of obesity over the next 5-6 years. Volunteers will be monitored in a controlled test facility with meticulously measured meals and exercise schedules, and hopefully, they'll be able to make sense of all the data. [url]
- Alexander and Chris Van Tulleken are twins and also medical doctors, and these two brothers tried an experiment in which one brother would go on an extremely low-fat diet and the other would eat no sugar. Both lost weight, and one lost more than the other, but their conclusion is both diets are extremely difficult to maintain for a lifetime. [url]
- A regimen of "intermittent fasting" -- where you eat very little every other day -- could be a more successful tactic for some dieters. The key to losing weight is changing your diet permanently (otherwise you gain it back when you fall back to old bad habits), and fasting every other day might be more effective than other diets. A more rigorous study of this technique is underway.... [url]