The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)

January 17, 2008 presentation by Christopher Gardner for the Stanford School of Medicine Medcast lecture series.

The case for low-carbohydrate diets is gaining weight. Christopher Gardner, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, has completed the largest and longest-ever comparison of four popular diets using real-world conditions, which he discusses – the lowest-carbohydrate Atkins diet came out on top.

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20 thoughts on “The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)

  1. Take into consideration that people on Adkins/Keto end up stopping because their Dr. scares them with the "high cholesterol" talk.

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  11. New studies show that water raises your metabolism so yeah it might be all the water on the Atkins. People who drank 2 glasses of water before every meal lose 40 percent more weight.

  12. It annoys me that he keeps saying they are exaggerating how few calories they are eating. I have very carefully tracked my calories and I Gain weight on 1700 calories a day. People who have dieted for decades have very low metabolisms.

  13. The statistics generated by these studies over generalize for example call a high glycemic diet the same thing as a high carb diet. Wrong! Pritikin for example is all about low glycemic/high complex carb. Later in the presentation these factors are addressed but not integrated in the overall data presented. Way too many details not included in all of this data that could make big differences in outcome. And Dr Gardner recognizes this but my question is why even make this presentation? Parts of it is interesting but these studies are a failure. "L.E.A.R.N" itself is a huge overgeneralization. Hard working nutritionists at Pritikin must hate being lumped into the same group as competing programs. And Pritikin measures cholesterol, blood sugar, weight loss, insulin sensitivity and resistance etc right at the program. Its a good program that gets zero credit here and why not? They've been around for decades. They are not a "high carb diet" and aren't a "diet" at all its a nutrition and exercise program.

  14. The problem with Gardner is that he believe his brain-dead opinion about politics over actual science.
    The actual science is perfectly clear.
    Humans are designed to survive on meat and fat. Because Chris Gardner is a liberal, vegetarian diets go with his liberal group-think life, so vegetables have to be better because of his political opinions.
    Intelligent people follow the evidence and real science and ignore their political opinions.
    Lierre Keith did exactly that. She is a ultra liberal feminist who actually followed the science, and now understands that humans need to eat meat. She was a vegan because of her politics for 20 years, but had the intellectual courage to learn from the real science and base her diet on meats. Chris Gardner does not have the sense to do this. He would rather maintain his political views and eat a vegetable based diet, and suffer the consequences.

  15. @ Christopher Gardner
    Thank you so much for explaining that most of us get far too much protein. I've recently started to eat one meal a day and the keto people all say we need at least 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight and I was really concerned about that because I can't eat that much protein in one meal. I had a renal transplant six years ago and since then I have been primarily veg/pescatarian which has made me feel a lot better. After the transplant I suddenly just didn't seem to enjoy the taste of meat any more and couldn't seem to digest solids pieces of meat regardless of how long I chewed them for. I will occasionally still have a bit of pâté or something mince based if I go for dinner at other people's houses because I don't want to be a nuisance and that doesn't seem to cause me discomfort. Thank you for sharing.

  16. The end result of the talk should have been that the difference was so marginal that none of the diets made a difference. The very nature of the word diet spells out that it's short term and once the diet is done you go back to eating in some other way. And frankly, that what most people do. What is required is a change in lifestyle, something that can be made permanent. And none of these "diets" fits that bill.

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