I think it would be great if we could get the worst ranked diet (Paleo) against the best ranked diet and do a diet show challenge to see which group loses the most weight, and track how they feel, medical results, etc., while doing so. The results could bring Paleo ideas to the mainstream public and we would have a chance to change some minds out there. Is this a good idea or a bad idea? Would it even be effective? My doctor says that even if the mainstream public were equipped with the information, most would reject Paleo because they would have to give up their comfort foods. What do you think?
I would love this, but here's how it would turn out:
Case 1 - Basically it'd be a tie. People know they're being observed for TV, they'll adjust their behavior to lose weight. There won't be much difference on average among all the groups
Case 2 - Paleo wins big time. To generate controversy (there HAS to be controversy in all media), they'll say "yup this worked" but "in the long run" these people will die of heart attacks. And no matter how long you wait for them to die of a heart attack, they'll just say "keep waiting..."
This is one place where you can't win. You just have to start a grass-roots effort (like paleohacks) and wait for all of the current guard of doctors/nutritionists/health professionals to retire and die off. Same thing happened around the turn-of-the century in physics. Einstein, Heisenberg, all these young physicists came up with all these new wacky theories, but they were ostracized until the old professors and their old ideas died.
I would love to see that, assuming the results aren't influenced by sponsors or "the man." You would get a prominent expert in each diet to head up each group. They would agree on the points of comparison (used to define the winner) ahead of time.
As for effectiveness, a certain percentage of viewers would adapt the winning diet.
A lot of gyms and whatnot have challenges as well (I don't go to a gym...just see a lot of "biggest loser" challenges on flyers around here). It would be interesting to see how paleo would stack up to something like that. While I totally believe it's the best way to eat hands down, no argument, period...I don't know if you would "lose" weight the fastest and ergo, win the "challenge". If it's for overall health, yeah sure..but today's society wants immediate gratification that is visual, not just physical on the inside. Not sure where i'm going with this...lol just an observation. My doctor is amazed that my cholesteral is as low and as good (ratio wise) as it is...he says to me, "I wish I had your numbers"...I tell him, "quit eating crap and start eating some fat" (ok, there's more to the conversation than that..but you knwo what I mean). I eat paleo, but my weight loss is very slow..probably some things I could tweak, but i'm ok with slow losses at this point, so long as i'm feeling healthy (sorry to go off subject).