My 70yo mother is participating in a study funded by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (US). The three groups are 3oz of beef/day plus exercise, 3oz beef with no exercise and no beef plus exercise. Everybody get nutritional counseling. My mother was very up front in her initial interview that she rarely eats beef and was not keen to eat it every day. So she ends up in the no beef group! Think there might be some selection bias in those groups?! And 3oz of beef? WTF? Unless you're vegan, I doubt that's enough to see an effect.
On the bright side, she meets with the grad student who is doing her nutritional counseling. She's been counting calories since November (not smartly, IMO) and she's down to 1200 cal/day. She's obese with Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea, so even a lame attempt to lose weight is probably better than nothing. The grad student says,"Your fats are awfully low. How are you doing on 1200 calories?". Mom admits she hungry all the time. Grad student recommends nuts and olive oil. So now Mom is eating 1/2 a peanut butter sandwich every day. And cooking her Egg Beaters in olive oil. No eggs yolks though, those are death bombs in her mind, lol.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related