The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)

The video on YouTube: The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)

Could maybe be classified as video and not science. But it is the presentation of a scientific paper. An intervention study. And the man behind it has, maybe unwillingly, become a big hero in the low carb community. But he has participated in one of Livin’ La Vida Low Carb-Show podcast shows. So it seems that he do not mind.

Christopher Gardner, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Centre. Presents the paper in a way that I do think is American humour at it’s best.

So why is he an hero? It is because he is a vegetarian. And he still presented a paper that in effect says, that if you following Atkins diet. You will be healthier.

So it was an intervention study. That is, they took a large group of persons and randomize them into 4 different groups. And each group had to follow a different diet.

  1. Atkins
  2. Traditional
  3. Ornish
  4. Zone

And they compared how well they where losing weight. But most importantly they also checked how a whole set of different health markers was affected.

It is important to point out that the goal for the study was, how easy is it to lose weight, and be healthier by following a popular diet. So that means that part of question was how easy is it for people to adhere to the diet.

What I do love with the talk is how he explains the problem with studies like this. How to get people to succeeded in staying on the diet. Is the main difficulty. And somewhat that is maybe the only thing I miss. They asked people to fill in form of what they was eating. But never asked them how they themselves considered they was following the diet.

So the Atkins did show on all health markers an higher improvement than any other diet. That is, all of them, in every respect. He do question that was this because that  they lost more weight as a whole or if was another reason. He then mention a study where people lost same weight. And still low carb won on different health markers

Also love when he talks in the end about the correlation of telephone posts and increase of deceases.

He also mention a researcher in Australia who brought Aboriginals  with diabetes back to the bush. All of them was cured when they adapted to old lifestyle. That is a hunter gathering life style. Check the video of Dr. Terry Wahls – Minding Your Mitochondria for similar thing.


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