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Im on a Diet, but I Cant Seem to Lose Weight!

“I’m on a Diet, But I Can’t Seem to Lose any Weight!”

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I read an article Thursday from the L.A. Times:

Study of diets shows what truly counts: calories

Researchers took 811 overweight people and put them on one of four diets: low-fat, average-protein; low-fat, high-protein; high-fat, average-protein; and high-fat, high-protein.  After 2 years they determined that all the diets performed the same, about 9 pounds lost.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and dig into this pile of manure!

Closer scrutiny of the study itself –

Diets That Reduce Calories Lead to Weight Loss, Regardless of Carbohydrate, Protein or Fat Content

-Shows that NONE of the diets were low in carbohydrates, in fact, the lowest percentage of calories from carbs was 35%!  Not only that, but the ones who were only supposed to eat 35% averaged an actual intake of  43%!  That’s a far cry from the 10% or less consumed by real low-carbers, yet the researchers had the audacity to give the following quote:

“There isn’t any one way. That is the nice thing about none of these diets in particular winning,” said Christopher Gardner, a nutrition researcher at Stanford University’s Prevention Research Center. “We don’t have any right to push low-fat or low-carb or high-protein. If one of these approaches is more satiating, where you will not be hungry and have cravings, that is the one that will work for you.”

Seriously?  Worst of all, they admitted that the participants had a very low rate of compliance – “It’s just too hard” – and most ended up eating very similar diets, yet this article still got published.

Here’s a better title:

Study Shows That if you Aren’t Going to Stick to Your Diet,  it Doesn’t Matter Which one you Quit.

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I Didnt Know My Weight Could Lead to E.D!

"I Didn't Know My Weight Could Lead to E.D!"

<rant>In a frivolous waste of  time and money, researchers at the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network (no, really!) in Philly have determined that morbidly obese men who lost 2/3 of their extra weight after Gastric Bypass surgery (because let’s be honest, eating smaller portions of healthy food isn’t a realistic solution..) had improved sexual function.  The  Master of the Obvious  du jour is Dr. Ramsey Dallal who states:

“We estimate that a man who is morbidly obese has the same degree of sexual dysfunction as a non-obese man about 20 years older.  Sexual function improves substantially after gastric bypass surgery to a level that reaches or approaches age-based norms.  Sexual dysfunction should be considered one of the numerous potentially reversible complications of obesity.”

Gee, really?  It’s no secret that obesity causes thinning of arteries and restricts blood flow (duh fact: there’s no “bone” in a boner), and this study from two years ago determined that obesity accelerates the normal, age-related decline of testosterone in men (duh fact #2: testosterone is THE male sex hormone) by about 10 years worth.  Even a knuckle-dragger like me can do this math problem:

Obesity = Low Blood Flow + Low Testosterone = A Flaccid Soldier

And I don’t even have a medical degree.  I guess my biggest beef with the study is the implication that bariatric surgery corrected the problem, instead of the correction being a pleasant side effect of weight loss that could have been achieved through other means. Our society today is one of reward without sacrifice.  Why take responsibility for your health when you can pay someone to shrink your stomach so that only 1 Twinkie will fit at a time?  And the cold, hard truth is that many people who aren’t willing to actually change their lifestyle will regain their weight within 2 years , egg sized stomach or not. </rant>

note:  If you are suffering from too much testosterone, Scott Kustes has some great tips to help you get rid of your pesky sex drive.