On Dieting

A new study being published in the New England Journal of Medicine followed 322 people over two years trying three different types of diets. The big winner in over-all weight loss and cholesterol improvement: Atkins.

Now, women tended to lose more weight on the Mediterannean diet (a peer reviewer said this demonstrated that women were more experienced at complex diets; I wonder if it doesn’t just demonstrate that there are metabolic differences between men and women?), and a fat-restrictive diet was better for diabetics controlling blood sugar. Overall, however, this demonstrates what I’ve been telling people for years–it’s not just a simple matter of counting calories. Insulin is what puts the calories in your fat cells, and carbohydrates are what stimulate the release of insulin.

Update: Fox News reports

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. Heh… Well, BAKING cookies is just fine. It’s EATING cookies that’s bad for you!Besides, “dieting” doesn’t necessarily mean “eating less.” If you are eating, you are “on a diet;” the question is, “how GOOD is your diet?”I personally recommend “The Zone Diet,” which incorporates a more moderate version of the Atkins principles… you can literally eat anything on the Zone–it’s more a matter of how MUCH you eat, and what you eat it with.

  2. Well, I MUST eat everything I bake!My cookies are irresistable (wish you could try one)! It hasn’t made me (or Hubby) overweight, thankfully. Is it REALLY that bad for me? Home baked goodies have to be better than pre-packaged stuff from the store! Plus, I stay far away from fake butter and fake sugar!Anyway, Seems like Atkins and The Zone and such take alot of research and learning and will power, which many people aren’t willing to invest, even if it is beneficial. My bgf lost ALOT of weight on Atkins, but she gained it all back. :(I just thought I would be ok if I eat my fruits and veggies and make good dinners… and stay aways from to much convience food and junk. But no limits on chocolate! lol.You know, my kids LOVE apples and bananas and eat them every day! They are crazy! Usually they eat at least 2 apples a day!

  3. Well, home-made with real ingredients is ALWAYS better than the stuff bought at the store… and two apples a day is GREAT!However, the more carbohydrates you eat in any given day, the more likely you are to gain bodyfat. Atkins is actually a very simple plan, but it does take some willpower–especially in the beginning.The important thing to remember is that it isn’t bodyWEIGHT that’s necessarily important; it’s bodyFAT.

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