Friday, 31 December 2010

Boston's Eleven

I stumbled across Boston Globe today and, in keeping with every other paper this time of year, it had a list of resolutions.  Number one was to do with dieting; Don't Diet:
  •  Unless you want to doom yourself to feeling frustrated and deprived, that is. Dr. David Ludwig, who directs the Optimal Weight for Living Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, says diets backfire when people put a lot of energy into unsustainable ways of eating — cutting way back on a whole food group, for example. It’s better to follow the advice even the 5-year-olds in his clinic can grasp: Eat real foods, not fake foods. Stay away from food that is made in a factory, comes in a package, and has unpronounceable ingredients. Stick with food our Stone Age ancestors would recognize
 The other ten are worth reading, and all pretty much touch upon paleo ideas (nothing about sleep though, which I feel is an undervalued tenet of 'paleo'). 

I think that as these paleo ideas are aired, the climate will arise where a graceful exit can be made by various institutions from their fat phobic and calorie obsessed position.  We are definitely seeing a broader acceptance of paleo's contrary ideas to the current status quo.

A further link addressed why Why a Calorie is Not Just a Calorie, slap-bang in the middle of which is this rather illuminating paragraph:
  • ...numerous studies have been done on more effective ways to lose weight that focus on the regulation of hunger - a dieter's greatest obstacle - which can vary dramatically by the type of fat or carb in a food, the water and fiber content of what we eat, and possibly the timing and spacing of meals throughout the day. What triggers hunger signals to the brain is a lot more complex than the calorie counts in the foods we eat.

(My emphasis).  There is a lot to take in with that statement.  It touches not only upon hormonal issues beyond calories, but also hints at IF.  Amen to that!  Sadly the rest of the article recycles busted concepts about fat.  Ah well.



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