With all the discussion of carb levels in the Paleosphere, this seems timely; even though it is probably a flash from the past for many of you, it's new for me.
Fascinating & large study comparing Atkins, Govt recommended diet, Zone and Ornish diets. Conducted by Christopher Gardner, PhD at Stanford University. Lecture filmed in 2008.
He was a vegetarian of 25 years, and it is interesting watching him start his paradigm shift around saturated fats & grains. He even mentions a tiny Paleo vs Mediterranean diet study towards the end.
I am kind of familiar with the study, but here's my problem. Tell a bunch of people who have got themselves into hot water health-wise to go on the Atkins diet. What happens? They eat nothing by grocery store cheese and sausage, it's hardly fair to use these studies for anything other than what happens when you prescribe a certain diet to people and let them at it. What's going to happen if instead they do something like Mark Sisson's plan for weight loss and educate themselves about the ins and outs of health? Big dif, probably.
The Paleo vs. Mediterranean study looks really good for paleo, and demonstrates a paleo diet as it is practiced by Loren Cordain to greatly improve health, although I don't think we can compare the abstract entity of "Paleo" to that of "Meditaranean" with it because the Med group consumed more soda and other bad things.
New idea for a study: give 15 very unhealthy people to Ornish and 15 to our own Dr. Kruse, and see who gets healthiest. :-)
One of the things that was most fascinating about his research was that he was able to look at the success of dieters based on their insulin sensitivity. And there was actually followup research that looked at participants' genotypes that was interesting as well.
"Tell a bunch of people who have got themselves into hot water health-wise"
Do yourself a favor and do some reading about metabolic syndrome. You've got the chicken and egg confused. No I'm not obese, but just a few books and you will understand that that fattening and deteriorating health are entirely involuntary when the result of metabolic problems.
Fat doesn't cause the problems. The physiology causes the fat.
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