- "...see which one generated the greatest benefit to health based on common markers of good health, such as cholesterol levels, liver function tests, and body mass index"
- Japanese (lots of sushi and vegetables)
- British (traditional 1950's meat & two veg)
- Mediterranean (Italian pasta, heavy on fish and vegetables)
- Indian (vegetarian curries made from rice and vegetables)
- US (low-carb - meat and vegetables)
You will notice all of them are heavy on the vegetables/plant bits. You will notice that a few of them are heavy on the meat. You will also notice that although two of them feature rice and one of them features pasta, they are all light, in general, on sugar, bread, cereals, pastries, fizzy drinks and other processed foods.
Winner Doesn't Take it All
So which diet won? Which one led to the greatest weight loss. Well the diet that did least well was the Indian, vegetarian diet. The 'shleb following that diet lost 2lbs in six weeks. Ha, ha, ha! the diet that was most effective in terms of weight loss was the US, Low-Carb diet!
....only it didn't win. The 'blurb' on the link above states,
- "Overall, the Mediterranean-STYLE of eating came out best – not only for correcting cholesterol, boosting vitamin D and improving cholesterol profile, but also for helping Darren lose a phenomenal amount of weight, keeping fit in the process. "
In reality the person following the LC diet (Caroline Malone), lost MOST weight - only a bit more, but more nevertheless. The big downside for the LC diet was the fact that Malone's LDL had risen. Some (obese) dietician from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) opined that her LDL had gone up.
Ooooo scary! Yep, having been told for years that "CHOLESTEROL IS BAD", we are now getting the subtler message that "HDL IS GOOD, LDL IS BAD". Give it a few more years and 'they' will cotton on to the fact that LDL is comprised of two subtypes, one of which is harmful and the other beneficial. Guess which subtype an LC diet raises?
Furthermore we do not know whether Malone's LDL was measure directly (I suspect not), or inferred from the limited Friedwald equation. Both Stephan and Mike Eades have superb posts on this very topic.
But that is not all. "Fatty" from the BNF went on to tell us that the LC is not sustainable...because erm, well it just isn't. In fact her argument as to why the LC diet is NOT sustainable can be summarised thus:
Hang on a minute, let me bold that for you so you can see the crux of her argument:
Erm...hang on a minute, let me number the main points for you...
You see, just as the religious have recourse to the Courtiers Reply under which they shelter from the rationalism and logic of atheism, nutritionists and dietitians have their equivalent. LC is the elephant in the room.
The BNF keep repeating negative speculation about LC that is damaging and misleading. I am sure Fatty mentioned a 'lack of energy' from a LC diet (odd that I and other have found intermittent fasting was made possible by an LC diet), and it was most definitely mentioned that LC was 'not sustainable in the long term' because erm, err, erm.... er - no reason!
I am sick of these (frequently obese) 'advisors' appearing in the media to repeat their rather dated ideas about nutrition. If the BNF or British Dietetics Association's advice was any good, few of their advisors would be fat. I would love to see the weight of their staff plotted over time! They didn't follow the science, they pushed their own agenda. Mediterranean diet my arse. Give me some fatty animal flesh and seasonal vegetables any time!
(Posted by Asclepius - Last bodpodded at 10.3% BF and who eats when hungry and until full and never does 'cardio')