Calories are all alike, whether they come from beef or bourbon, from sugar or starch, or from cheese and crackers. Too many calories are just too many calories.
— Fred Stare, founder and former chair of the Harvard University Nutrition Department.
It is baffling the lack of facts or information is needed to publish information about nutrition. Back in the 1950s’, the medical community believed smoking would make one more vigorous and there were campaigns promoting the health benefits of high fructose corn syrup. They classified food nutrition based on incinerating food. Incineration does not equal human digestion; eating a fireplace log v burning the log will require different amounts of energy.Calories are a flawed metric of energy input because it’s not what you put in your mouth that matters, it’s what makes it to your bloodstream. If it passes through, it never gets absorbed. Likewise, the hormonal response to carbohydrates, protein, and fats are different.
Sadly, things haven’t gotten much better since that time. People are still more concerned about the number of calories rather than the source of their calories. And for a measly couple hundred of dollars, one can counterfeit a study and get it published on the news just as John Bohannon did and fool millions.
Published in the International Archives of Medicine. He invented a fake “diet institute” that lacks a website and used a pseudonym which does not have any publications or appear on any website. He fabricated a press release spread like wildfire throughout the world and appeared on The Times of India, Huffington Post, and even television news in Texas and Australia. According to Wikipedia, “Bohannon argues that because of the large number of factors in diet and lifestyle, large scale studies are frequently inconclusive, even when billions of dollars have been spent on well-designed studies by government agencies that label obesity an epidemic.”
That’s why it’s not surprising that the New York Times ran an opinion article claiming why you cannot lose weight on a diet. This is such a ridiculous statement. In fact, the only way to lose weight is to control the sources on energy which we put into our biological systems.
Here’s some selected misinformation :
Long-term studies show dieters are more likely than non-dieters to become obese over the next one to 15 years.
Correlation is not causation. Just because people failed at changing their eating habits and reverted back to their bad habits doesn’t mean eating healthier was causing them to become obese later on.
This suggests that overweight people should focus more on exercising than on calorie restriction.
Only dieting helps us lose weight. Think about this, when you run on a treadmill for an hour you burn 108 calories. Just sitting on the couch and you’ll bur 100 calories. So you burnt 8 more calories than you would otherwise had. Dieting is necessary for weight loss.
In addition, the evidence that dieting improves people’s health is surprisingly poor.
Just flat out untruthful.
Diets often do improve cholesterol, blood sugar and other health markers in the short term, but these gains may result from changes in behavior like exercising and eating more vegetables. Obese people who exercise, eat enough vegetables and don’t smoke are no more likely to die young than normal-weight people with the same habits.
Just because you can keep someone alive for just as long doesn’t mean they have the same quality of life. We are simply keeping them alive during worse living conditions.
If dieting doesn’t work, what should we do instead? I recommend mindful eating — paying attention to signals of hunger and fullness, without judgment, to relearn how to eat only as much as the brain’s weight-regulation system commands.