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2014-02-15 12:12:37 PM
Counting calories for idiots
 
2014-02-15 03:19:16 PM
That percentage again.  It's everywhere.  *shudders*
 
2014-02-15 04:36:37 PM

scotchcrotch: Counting calories for idiots


Pretty much this.

I have yet to see a calorie-normalized comparison across different diets and their comparative efficiency in reducing weight (fat). I'd love to see a comparison between:

- the bodybuilding diet (40% protein, 30% carbohydrate, 30% fat)
- Atkins
- Paleo
- Weight Watchers

My guess is that there is no difference.
 
2014-02-15 04:39:25 PM
The internet was the worst thing to happen to/for WW.

People research different diets (and yo-yo to-and-fro) every day.
 
2014-02-15 06:26:40 PM
More proof that Americans WANT to be fat.
 
2014-02-15 08:16:21 PM
On behalf of fat people, I'll just say that the only thing worse than being fat is being on the constant rollercoaster of diets.  Repeated failure is far more demoralizing than being heavy.
 
2014-02-15 08:26:56 PM

Fonaibung: scotchcrotch: Counting calories for idiots

Pretty much this.

I have yet to see a calorie-normalized comparison across different diets and their comparative efficiency in reducing weight (fat). I'd love to see a comparison between:

- the bodybuilding diet (40% protein, 30% carbohydrate, 30% fat)
- Atkins
- Paleo
- Weight Watchers

My guess is that there is no difference.


The guy sitting next to me on my Amtrak train the other day bought a bunch of junk food from the cafe, then entered into his WW account.

That pretty much summed up how WW is a failure. And eventually the users of it realize that.
 
2014-02-15 09:05:50 PM

Fonaibung: scotchcrotch: Counting calories for idiots

Pretty much this.

I have yet to see a calorie-normalized comparison across different diets and their comparative efficiency in reducing weight (fat). I'd love to see a comparison between:

- the bodybuilding diet (40% protein, 30% carbohydrate, 30% fat)
- Atkins
- Paleo
- Weight Watchers

My guess is that there is no difference.


Whaaa?
There are dozens of academic papers out comparing different diets from trials.
Atkins wins on a whole bunch of them.
But, only by a little.
 
2014-02-15 10:20:53 PM

mr0x: Fonaibung: scotchcrotch: Counting calories for idiots

Pretty much this.

I have yet to see a calorie-normalized comparison across different diets and their comparative efficiency in reducing weight (fat). I'd love to see a comparison between:

- the bodybuilding diet (40% protein, 30% carbohydrate, 30% fat)
- Atkins
- Paleo
- Weight Watchers

My guess is that there is no difference.

Whaaa?
There are dozens of academic papers out comparing different diets from trials.
Atkins wins on a whole bunch of them.
But, only by a little.


WW also scores pretty well when compared to other diets.
I did WW years ago and lost 35lbs in about 5-6 months.  Loved it.  Went back a year or two ago and used their "new and improved" points system.  It was more complicated than the old one and I had trouble staying with it.  I regret throwing out the books / point stuff for the old plan as that one really worked.  I know others that feel the same way.
 
2014-02-15 11:47:35 PM
I don't see the point of any of these fad diets.  Amphetamines are quite cheap these days.
 
2014-02-16 12:07:58 AM
WW is actually a good system that is highly regarded...if you follow the points guidelines religiously. It does work, but it can be a pain in the ass to have to calculate the points for everything you eat. They do have a good iPhone app to help translate nutrition information into points, but the monthly fee is expensive.
 
2014-02-16 12:29:20 AM
www.myfitnesspal.com

Lost 25 lbs.+ last year tracking calories.
Totally free.
I won't say it was easy.  I gave up a lot of "fun" foods, including alcohol for a while.
But I lost a little over 2 pounds a week.
Gave it up when I got a job where I stood for 12+ hours a day.
Didn't really feel like running after that.
But the theory is sound.
About ready to use it again to shed that last 10-15 pounds.
 
2014-02-16 10:56:53 AM
There are a lot of apps out there to track calories and fat. The reason WW works for a lot of people is that you have someone else reading the scale every week. That little bit of social pressure is enough for a lot of people to lose weight. Unfortunately, you either have to pay forever or develop the discipline to keep the weight off yourself.
 
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