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1 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 39

USA Today harps about a new study that proves you can lose weight on any diet if you restrict calories enough. Is this evidence for you to start a burrito diet or perhaps the half-donut-a-day-and-nothing-else diet? Or maybe good health is something more than pounds lost.

The department of obvious studies (UK division) is at it again, this time proving that lifestyle affects your risk of a stroke. Via Diet Blog.

First there was soft serve chicken, then there were the atrocities that make you fat. This week it’s time to go global with “I Can’t Believe They Call That Food!” from My Travel Web.

“…lies, damnable lies, and statistics.” And then there are health statistics. Hyperlipid illustrates the power of deceptive data manipulation with a post on cholesterol and fat intake.

Who said Brits were all about tea, cricket, and Jane Austen? The tough guy competition would even give hardcore Grokkers a run for their money. Don’t believe me? Check out this highlight clip.

Nerd Paradise breaks down the ingredients in Mountain Dew. When I tell you to add more greens to your diet, this is not what I’m talking about.

And finally, Grok in a box.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. I took a look at that silly nonsense of a diet study here:

    Richard Nikoley wrote on March 1st, 2009
  2. The New York Times “Well” column discussed this calorie restriction study. “Tom” posted an excellent comment. Here it is:
    The study is garbage. First, the reasons the Atkins diet (or any real low carb diet) wasn’t named is that they didn’t test a low-carb diet. They set up a straw man by testing four high-carb diets against each other…they’re leading journalists to believe they did, but they’re careful not to say it. The entire study is designed to hide the truth — so much for the august New England Journal of Medicine!

    A 35% carbohydrate diet is a very high carb diet!

    And they were crafty enough to hide the actual menus in an appendix.

    If you look at the “low carb” food for a given day, it includes 3/4 cup of mashed potatoes, a box of raisins, an apple, frozen “mixed vegetables” (note to the New England Journal of Medicine — corn is NOT a vegetable!), a lunch of PASTA and squash (full of starch, and a BANANA (perhaps the starchiest fruit there is.)

    Garbage, garbage, garbage! And they know exactly what they’re doing — they are shameless.

    The key “scientist” in the study, George Bray, is desperate to discredit low-carb eating as he has hung his entire career on the now-disproven Ancel Keys scam:

    In fact, Bray did such a notorious take-down on Gary Taubes in the May 2008 issue of Obesity Reviews that Taubes felt compelled to respond directly, and it makes great reading:
    — Tom

    (Then he added this additional comment.)

    Whoops, I left out the BAGEL they gave them for breakfast!
    Major kudos to Tom !

    Eddie wrote on March 1st, 2009
  3. that calorie restriction study has been everywhere this past week. It’s insane! None of them mention quality of food. A few even note that the issue with calorie restriction is that people get hungry and quit – which is true if you only eat 1000 calories a day, and you eat them in cookies, or some other crap. Totally ridiculous.

    john wrote on March 2nd, 2009
  4. oh, my god, the soft-serve chicken photo is enough to forbid my kids to eat those nugget things ever again.

    Does anyone here do low-carb, or primal, or paleo, in a family setting?

    My husband, who was in good shape on an Atkins regimen years ago, is now in probably the worst shape of his life, and after years of watching him, I’m just sure he needs that kind of diet to thrive.

    Since leaving the diet, he has developed sleep apnea, been put on cholesterol and blood pressure meds, become obese and somewhat depressed and chronically tired… all the afflictions of middle age in America.

    (and my condition, though less immediately desperate, leaves a lot to be desired, too!)

    I think we would both do well going back to a lower-carb approach, but our kids are small and I’m a little afeared of plunging the whole family into such a radical change.

    Plus our historically lacksadaisical approach to birth control means that I can turn up pregnant virtually anytime, and the supposed risks of ketosis during pregnancy have always scared me off before.

    But the reality is that the whole family is going to have to do it for any one of us to succeed.

    orpington wrote on March 2nd, 2009
  5. A diabetic friend with a nondiabetic husband and nondiabetic (yet!) kids would make her low carb meals and add carbo sides for the others, but they kept stealing *her* food because they preferred it. So yes it can be done

    Trinkwasser wrote on March 4th, 2009

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