Saturday, April 28, 2012

Diets For Weight Loss - I Just Don't Get It

I came across a study presented by the Cancer Therapy & Research Center concluding that an intermittent low-card diet could be better than a standard low-calorie Mediterranean diet.  Ok, I'm already lost cause I don't know what a Mediterranean diet is!  So I will try to ignore the specifics and focus on the generalities.

Anyway, all that aside, the report compared three diets:
1. Calorie-restricted diet - 650 calories - with low carbs for 2 days per week.
2. Low Carb diet that allowed unlimited amounts of proteins and healthy fats for 2 days per week.
3. Standard Mediterranean Diet - 1500 calories - every day.

Diets #1 and #2, which are more carb focused beat, beat Diet #3 which was strictly calorie based, in both weight loss and improved insulin resistance.  Though the time frame was not given, participants in the low-carb groups lost an average of 9 pounds, while those in the low-calorie group dropped about 5 pounds. 

So when you read this do you get a bit confused as to how all this works?  I just can't see having to deal and keep up with specific foods on specific days.  Plus I can see where you might feel that you have free rein on the off days, which could easily negate the positive effects of the "diet days".  Can you sustain that correctly and successfully for the long term? 

I really don't like complex and restrictive diet plans, instead preferring EASY!  I simply cut way back on how much I eat in conjunction with increased exercise.  I still eat most of what I like, though as I lost weight I did start eating better, as my focus expanded to include better health, not just lost pounds.  Thus, I am not a fan of diets because they just don't work well in the long term for most people.

Congratulations to those participants in this study who lost weight... but for me, I just don't get it... there really is no need to make something so simple into something so difficult.

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