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    Quote Originally Posted by bob loblaw View Post
    the failure rate is what makes a diet a "fad" or not.
    Weight Watchers is most definitely a fad diet then, but one that gets a lot of respect.

    For me the definition of 'fad' would be more about fleeting popularity, than effectiveness.

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    Which fads are you referring to? Fasting, Intermittent Fasting, ketogenic, carb refeeding, low carb, very low carb, whole 30's, seasonal eating, pescatarianism, or the Warrior Diet?
    Good point, Otzi. Most these ideas support each other and overlap. I have taken them all to heart and applied these to my life. Are any of them fads? I don't think so. They're ideas we can try out on top of our existing ways of eating to see if they provide good results. So you've brought to the front a question. Who is calling what a fad, and based on what criteria?


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    I'm wondering what differentiates an experimental hack from a "fad diet?"

    If a bunch of women find that they have to tweak primal a bit because it's different for them, is that a fad?

    OTOH, I'm totally impressed by the amount of outrage and vitriol engendered by the lowly potato. I always thought of it as a bit of a wimp. Now I bow to the potato's power.

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    Ignore potatoes. If you're a typical white person with good amounts of neanderthal ancestry, high-fat VLC is the way to go for most of us. If you're a pure sapiens, South African, etc., go for the starches, fine, for most of you. As a Neanderthal hybrid I've had terrible luck trying to add potatoes and starches back into my food menu. Diarrhea and bloating and binges, hunger that won't go away, etc. When I stay high-fat MOST of the time I have even energy, normal appetite, etc.

    That's a fad. Adding potatoes to a high-fat diet.

    But seriously. F potatoes. Even sweet potatoes, I'm learning. Not for super-white neanderthal peoples.


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    Oh, I didn't mean I bow to potato's nutritive value. Just it's power to get so many panties in a wad. A spud is a spud. Once in awhile, not every day.

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    Funny, this very pale white woman finds that LCHF is a recipe for feeling like crap. I'm glad VLC works for you, but it's ridiculous to dictate that for all people of European ancestry because you happen to do well on it. I am far, far better off with reasonable quantities of starchy vegetables and fruit in my diet.
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    White people? Living offa potatoes? Irish I could think of a single example of that...

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    As someone whose skin approximates frog "belly white," VLC was one of the worst things I ever did to myself, even if you include all my ankle sprains. That was proof alone that depression, for me, is rooted in diet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by otzi View Post
    Which fads are you referring to?
    Potatoes and now mangoes, mostly. I'm waiting for topics on Hoodia or something.

    Just so you understand, I'm not targeting the potato diet specifically, it just seems like suddenly everybody wants a magic single-food-item diet. Carb ratios and meal timings/frequency are just add-ons that could be part of any diet.

    Seriously, the regular program works. There may be a few outliers with really bad metabolic problems, but even they will be helped by the basic primal blueprint. There may be a few extra pounds that won't go away for lots of people, even those who aren't damaged. But if you haven't tried the fitness portion of it, maybe that would be a better place to go than 2 weeks of nothing but mangos or whatever.
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    Hey, come on now. I said "most" three times in there!


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