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Which Diets Actually Work?

Debunking some common diets, and seeing which work!
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Further Reading —

Weight Loss Overview Studies
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/66/2/239.short
http://www.jstor.org/stable/25457080?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Low Carb
http://annals.org/aim/article/717452/effects-low-carbohydrate-versus-conventional-weight-loss-diets-severely-obese
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0708681
https://login.medscape.com/login/sso/getlogin?urlCache=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tZWRzY2FwZS5jb20vdmlld2FydGljbGUvNzgzMjQ2P3Q9MQ==&ac=401
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/83/5/1055.abstract
http://content.onlinejacc.org/article.aspx?articleid=1133010&issueno=5
High Protein
http://www.pnas.org/content/110/26/10513.abstract
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexandra_Johnstone/publication/5673933_Johnstone_AM_Horgan_GW_Murison_SD_Bremner_DM_Lobley_GE._Effects_of_a_high-protein_ketogenic_diet_on_hunger_appetite_and_weight_loss_in_obese_men_feeding_ad_libitum._Am_J_Clin_Nutr_87_44-55/links/0c960525c45cddbd08000000.pdf
Metabolic Slowing
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22535969
Biggest Loser

White Tongue
http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/white-tongue/basics/causes/sym-20050676

20 COMMENTS

  1. Calories in calories out is a major red herring. A calorie of carbohydrate (say, sucrose) does not act on your body in the same way a calorie of fat or protein does. Sugars induce the release of insulin, a hormone which directs your body to use sugars as energy. Chronically high blood sugar means chronically high blood insulin levels, leading of course to insulin resistance typical of metabolic syndrome and T2 diabetes. Because insulin causes your body to burn mostly if not only carbs as energy, having chronically high insulin levels can make it difficult or impossible to lose fat that you have already accumulated, even if you're eating a caloric deficit. This is why ketogenic or similar low-carb diets are so successful for losing adipose tissue and weight – it removes those roadblocks of high blood sugar and high insulin levels that prevent your body from relying on your fat reserves as energy. Not only that, but it also reduces chronic inflammation and tissue damage caused by excessively high blood sugar (read up on what high levels of sugar does to your blood and veins, it's pretty gross)

    This all means that YOU are STILL in control of your weight and what you consume. Calories in calories out just doesn't take into account the complex biochemistry involved with the digestion and processing of foods. It's also not to say that you should avoid carbs entirely, but rather stick to those which have gentle or negligible effects on your blood sugar, such as the complex carbs found in beans and whole grains.

  2. I don't need diets because I have a extremely high metabolic rate. seriously, I can eat 6 big Macs in one day and not gain weight, but rather LOSE weight. infact, my doctor recommends that I eat as many calories as I can. just so that I don't lose any weight, I have to eat an entire 20 in pizza with all the toppings every day just to say the same weight.

    yeah, I am clearly evolving to this whole "way to many calories" thing. ehh, I at 3 slices of pepperoni pizza writing this comment. now, if you will excuse me, I got a gallon of water to drink to satisfy my minor thirst.

  3. Liters of water, v-8, broccoli, iced coffee, some grilled chicken, corn on the cob, blueberry and pomegranate/blueberry acai, apples, oranges, etc.

  4. Or just eat whatever you want & instead of doing weight loss exercises like walking on a treadmill, do toning exercises. I did gymnastics (this contains toning exercises) only once or twice a week for 2.5 hours each day and was able to eat whatever I wanted without getting fat. You could easily spread it out to 30mins a day, 5 days a week. Done.

  5. Or you could just eat like a normal person not to much junk food and move like a normal person
    Then have healthy fat on your body and you can just LIVE YOUR LIFE

  6. I hate to be like everyone in the comment section, but being vegan really does work as a diet to just lose weight or just a lifestyle. I used to be a former vegan (now a vegetarian) and I used to eat LOADS of food, even white rice, and bread. I would still be vegan if I could, but since my mom has a problem with it, Im only able to be vegetarian

  7. You failed to cover the most effect diet that I found, Keto. It has numerous other benefits as well. You also doesn't explain the problem with glucose rich diets in general, which is the main diet of Americans. Btw, most studies have NOT shown a problem with cholesterol levels, some have been concerned but all tests have actually verified that it's perfectly fine.

  8. i am 1,75cm tall and weight 95kg in BMI scale its overweight but my bodyfat is 10% and my weight is do to my muscles. so bmi scale should go in dumbster

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