From my brother this morning in email, what a shocker! And, i'll bet it wasn't even a real low-carb diet (<60 grams/day). I've seen stuff well in excess of 100 or even 150 grams being called "low carb." For many, real effectiveness is under 30, or even 20 grams per day. There's more of the asinine and bias, too.
The low-carb diet set limits for carbohydrates, but none for calories or fat. It urged dieters to choose vegetarian sources of fat and protein.
"So not a lot of butter and eggs and cream," said Madelyn Fernstrom, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center weight management expert who reviewed the study but was not involved in it.
Dumb-ass fucks. Jesus. And even still...
Average weight loss for those in the low-carb group was 10.3 pounds after two years. Those in the Mediterranean diet lost 10 pounds, and those on the low-fat regimen dropped 6.5.
More surprising were the measures of cholesterol. Critics have long acknowledged that an Atkins-style diet could help people lose weight but feared that over the long term, it may drive up cholesterol because it allows more fat.
But the low-carb approach seemed to trigger the most improvement in several cholesterol measures, including the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, the "good" cholesterol. For example, someone with total cholesterol of 200 and an HDL of 50 would have a ratio of 4 to 1. The optimum ratio is 3.5 to 1, according to the American Heart Association.
Now, observe. And do follow the links to the sorts of things I eat all the time. You know what my midnight snack was, last night? Eight strips of thick bacon, dripping in the fat it was cooked in (I never drain the fat, or put my bacon on a paper towel -- right from fry pan to plate, dripping). I guarantee I have a better lipid panel than 99.999999999999% of any low-fatters, vegetarians, or vegans. Hey, Dean Ornish, you self-serving pudge face: how about compare my lipids to any of your unfortunate patients. Huh? C'mon. 3.5 to 1 Total to HDL and lower as ideal? How about 2 to 1? My HDL is higher than my LDL (.98 to 1 LDL/HDL). And I eat bacon, at least 6-10 eggs per day (jumbos), cooked in butter or ghee; ribeye steaks, cheese, and all manner of fatty animal products cooked in animal fats. This is what happens when you're not a biased whore for grant money (and, really, criminally negligent, in my opinion).
You know what? Gloves are officially off. Let the others be "objective." I'm going to be calling these people lots of names. I'm going to do that a lot. It'll be fun. You'll see.
The far more polite Regina Wilshire has links to a bunch or articles about this study.