Category Archives: Weight Loss

Diets Don’t Work: True or False?

Does Alcohol Affect Body Weight?

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Jane Brody writes in NYT:

Prospective studies, which are generally considered to be more rigorous than cross-sectional studies and which follow groups of people over time, in this case from several months to 20 years, had varied results and produced “no clear picture” of the relationship between alcohol and weight. Several found either no relationship or a negative relationship, at least in women, while others found that men who drank tended to risk becoming obese, especially if they were beer drinkers.

The conclusion from the most recent such studies: While heavy drinkers risked gaining weight, “light to moderate alcohol intake is not associated with weight gain or changes in waist circumference.”

Parker here. “Light to moderate” drinking would be up to one drink a day for women or two a day for men, on average.

You can even lose excess body weight without deleting alcohol from your diet, as in the Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet.

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Latest Diet Craze: Lose 19 lb With the Venezuelan Diet!

“In a new sign that Venezuela’s financial crisis is morphing dangerously into a humanitarian one, a new nationwide survey shows that in the past year nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds for lack of food.”

“Venezuela’s food crisis has gotten so bad that remains of everything from dogs and cats to donkeys and even giant anteaters have been found in garbage bags at city dumps around the country.”

Yum!

But caloric restriction doesn’t work, right?

Source: Study: Venezuelans lost 19 lbs. on average over past year due to lack of food | Fox News

Are You Ready to Scrap Your New Year’s Diet?

OK, you lost 4-5 lb the first week, then none after that. Or gained some back. You’re sorely tempted to go back to your old way of eating. You don’t like what you’re eating, or your cravings are increasing. You still want to lose 30 lb.

You need my Advanced Mediterranean Diet. Click image for details.

Steve Parker MD, Advanced Mediterranean Diet

Two diet books in one

Overweight Women Lose More Weight While Dieting If Main Meal Is Lunch Instead of Dinner

Breakfast of kings?

Breakfast of kings?

They say that to lose excess weight, you should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

A recent study tested whether weight loss in dieting women was more effective by making lunch rather than dinner (evening meal) the main meal of the day. Over the course of 12 weeks, dieters making lunch their main meal lost 4 lb (2 kg) more than the other group.

From the abstract:

“Background: The association between the time of nutrient intake and health has been described in a few studies. To our knowledge, no study has evaluated the relation between high energy intakes at lunch compared with at dinner on weight loss in overweight and obese subjects.

Objective: We compared the effect of high energy intake at lunch with that at dinner on weight loss and cardiometabolic risk factors in women during a weight-loss program.Design: Overweight and obese women [n = 80; body mass index (BMI; in kg/m2): 27–35; age: 18–45 y] were asked to eat either a main meal at lunch (LM) or a main meal at dinner (DM) for 12 wk while in a weight-loss program.

Conclusions: The consumption of higher energy intake at lunch compared with at dinner may result in favorable changes in weight loss in overweight and obese women after a weight-loss program of 12 wk. The consumption may also offer clinical benefits to improve insulin resistance.”

Source: Beneficial effect of high energy intake at lunch rather than dinner on weight loss in healthy obese women in a weight-loss program: a randomized clinical trial

I don’t have the full text of the research report, so I don’t know what kind of diet the women were on. The researchers seem to be based in both Iran and Great Britain. I don’t know the nationality of the women participating. The metabolism of Iranians may be different from Brits.

Steve Parker, M.D.

 

“Low Sugar Diet,” Whatever That Is, Is the Most Popular in U.K. This Year

…according to an article at TLE. The second most popular diet plan is carbohydrate restriction (low-carb diet). Of course, sugars are carbohydrates.

The most frustrating sentence I read was that “…less than 10% of respondents stated that they intend to make long term changes to their eating habits.”

People, if you go back to your old way of eating, you’re going to gain the weight back. Duh!

That’s why there’s an endless array of new diets.

Source: Low Sugar Diet Is Most Popular For 2016 – The London Economic

Obese and Have Psoriasis? Weight Loss Reduces Severity

Sure, it’s a small research study and I only have the abstract.

Anyway, a reduced-calorie diet led to loss of 15 kg (33 lb) over 16 weeks. Over the next 48 weeks, dieters only regained 5 kg (11 lb). (But, hey. Diets don’t work, right?)

It’s possible the specific diet itself lead to the psoriasis improvement, but the researchers don’t make that claim in the abstract. They credit the long-term weight loss:

“Long-term weight loss in patients with psoriasis has long-lasting positive effects on the severity of psoriasis.”

Source: Long-term effects of weight reduction on the severity of psoriasis in a cohort derived from a randomized trial: a prospective observational follow-up study