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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Meat or Potatoes - Which Diet is Best? - Dean Ornish UPDATE

Are you a meat and potatoes person? According to results of a Texas study, there is no need to choose between proteins and carbohydrates
The potential benefits of low-fat high protein or low-fat high carb diets were compared by tracking 300 overweight men and women between the ages of 35 and 75.
All  the participants were moderately overweight with a body mass index greater than 27, all had type 2 diabetes, and all were randomly assigned to each diet approach.

Long term the two diets were essentially the same.  Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian and assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas said these results were not surprising. She emphasized that  "bottom line the issue for weight loss is calories, not where those calories come from."

So what does this mean for you?  Does it describe a diet when you can eat what you want? Only if you limit your caloric intake to achieve weight loss. And this is the rub. If eating what you want has caused a weight problem, than eating less of what you want is only a first step. A necessary second step is taking a look at your diet and changing it so you feel satisfied. The caveat is to choose a healthy diet.


An article authored by Dean Ornish and published today in the New York Times (9/23/12) points out that being thin and being healthy are not the same thing. According to Ornish,  "Being overweight is not necessarily linked with disease or premature death."  He continues, "What you eat affects which diseases you may develop, regardless of whether you’re thin or fat."  Dr. Ornish is adamantly against any Adkins style diet and cites a study that shows that high protein, low carbohydrate diets promote coronary artery disease.

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