Diet Trend Smackdown--and no winners?
April 5, 2009 10:32 AM Subscribe
"People lose weight if they lower calories, but it does not matter how."
posted by mecran01 (98 comments total)
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According to recently published study in the New England Journal of Medicine, "For people who are trying to lose weight, it does not matter if they are counting carbohydrates, protein or fat. All that matters is that they are counting something.
"“The effect of any particular diet group is minuscule, but the effect of individual behavior is humongous,” Dr. Sacks said. “We had some people losing 50 pounds and some people gaining five pounds. That’s what we don’t have a clue about. I think in the future, researchers should focus less on the actual diet but on finding what is really the biggest governor of success in these individuals.”
[full study here
As a big (no pun intended) fan of the work done by Gary Taubes
, I find these results distressing. Fortunately for my wavering dietary faith, Taubes responds to the study