I don't get my health information from un-cited fluff "articles" on Yahoo News. They are creating content for ad revenue; they are not sharing peer-reviewed relevant research.
I think this is a good opportunity to showcase why science is a group effort. Because people are sometimes blind to flaws in their research, researchers should listen to criticism so they they can 'rule-out' alternative explanations for their observations.
The article's first point- Eating carbs makes you thin for life- conflates correlation and causation. To prove one thing causes another, putting aside the more complex but realistic cause of something having many causes, you must show correlation (the two things 'go together') but also necessity (one thing doesn't happen without the other) and sufficiency (adding the one thing you think causes the other to the system AND CHANGING NOTHING ELSE causes the other thing to happen). They didn't, for example, switch diets and show that people's weights or metabolic markers changed. Even if they accidentally stumbled across a causality they don't prove that 'carbs made these people thing'. Maybe because they were thin (had robust metabolisms) they could afford to be sloppy in their diet.
The article's second point- Carbs fill you up - is not an inherently flawed point except that they overgeneralize from one population after one meal to an entire diet strategy. It is general practice in research to disclose descriptions of the population & methodology not the least because being forced to justify your points makes you think about their substance more.
I will Edit to address the other points (More to come throughout the day and an edit at the end for cohesion...)
Wow - That is the same thing they've been pushing for at least the last decade. Who does these studies? Maybe I'm some kind of freak of nature but I cannot seem to lose weight with a lot of carbs in my diet. Partly because it's bs that it fills you up, it may when you're eating them but it's not lasting. I also crave carbs like crazy if I am eating a lot of carbs so that makes it even harder to not binge or cheat. Grains, beans, and legumes also make me feel sluggish and bloated!
As a practitioner of science, it makes me sick that they called this "evidence based" when all of the studies are based on human's subjective responses. A 10% reduction in hunger, as reported by humans, is small enough IMO to be negligible or a sample bias.
Anecdotally, I can say that carbs often make me feel lousy. Maybe some people do well on this kind of diet, but I'm not one of them.
Low carb diets have won out every time they were scientifically run head to head with higher carb diets in controlled studies. The best research suggests low carb is the best way to lose weight. The author is probably just a carb addict and so is ignoring basic research.
Thanks for the responses. I am just baffled that this kind of info keeps getting out there. I mean, the people conducting these studies must have some kind of solid grounding in science, and likewise whatever university they work for. But it kinda makes me angry...my initial weight gain happened in the 90s (with ups and downs since...paleo is intended to be my once-and-for-all down, a way of life), when, if you were there, every "expert" recommended eating LOTS of bagels, pasta, rice, etc, in order to be healthy and fit. I followed that advice then, and paid the price for many years.
This is research by the carb-biased (or carb-funded) scientist, interpreted by non-scientists to fit their desired views without analysis or understanding, (is then) read by people who want to know that what they are already doing will suddenly become good for them.
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