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(Apparently) Some Lessons May Never Be Learned

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Apparently 'conventional wisdom' (despite all the science, actual experience, health gains and weight loss success to prove otherwise) is alive and well.

I found the following an interesting, if very disappointing, read:


(In case you're wondering, the Spark Solution tied with Slimfast... I wonder what Chris Downey thinks about that comparison?)



It is no mystery to me why North Americans are fat (and getting fatter)... with Europe no longer far behind... when 'Slimfast' and 'Medifast' diet models rank higher than diets comprised of fresh, whole, nutritious food.

To top it all off (if the 'experts' are to be believed), it turns out that I personally ascribe to the worst NUTRITIONAL PLAN on the planet (though to note: I am honing a lifestyle, not looking for a quick fix).

How could it be that I am achieving wellness for the first time in my life (and getting healthier all of the time) and, while having gotten fat and FATTER on some of the most highly ranked diets, I am now eliminating fat and improving my body composition? It's a wonder, isn't it?

...and I'm not the only one... check out this SPARKling (she's eliminated 113 lbs. of FAT and living her dreams):

To those panelists who ranked the list I say
(with every ounce of disrespect intended):

...and I echo all, stated so eloquently, here (again, FOLLOW THE SCIENCE):

Seriously, US News?


"What planet are these “experts” living on?

...I’m mostly angry... because the mainstream media, with help from dimwitted medical “experts”, are brainwashing the public to believe that a calorie is a calorie, that food quality doesn’t matter as long as you’re not eating too much, and that grains and low-fat dairy are an essential component of the diet but that animal fats and meat are not only optional but best to be avoided. It’s so backwards it makes me want to puke.

I keep thinking there’s going to be a mindset change coming in our culture at large, but this kind of event puts a damper on my optimism. I just hope that I can play a small part in reaching as many people as possible with information about what constitutes a truly healthy diet, before our country goes down the crapper from exorbitant healthcare costs due mainly to our horrible diets. And with misleading articles like US News’s “Best Diets” report, things are just going to get worse before they get better.

US News, you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do…"

...and then there is this:
Why Does the Paleo Diet Continue to Receive Low Points from “Established Authorities”?

...or this:
The Nutritional Characteristics of a Contemporary Diet Based Upon Paleolithic Food Groups

I want to see a 'diet' ranking list based on actual long-term adherance of real people, five year plus success with regard to elimination of fat and keeping it off, and how the nutrition plan contributes to an overall fulfilling lifestyle....

I'm guessing the list would look a little different.

Oh WAIT! DID do such a survey!!!

9,376 subscribers ranked diets (DIY plans and 4 commercially administered plans) based on user satisfaction. Each diet, ranked out of 100 points, came out like this (they rated 13 diet plans... these are the top 8):

#1. MyFitnessPal (83) (pounds lost: men 10-30; women 4-18)
(apparently its on-line value and portability made it the most popular, scoring high marks for maintenance, calorie awareness, and food variety)
#2. Paleo Diet (80) (pounds lost: men 10-32; women 6-20)
#3. Mediterranean Diet (77) (pounds lost: men 10-25; women 7-25)
#4. SparkPeople (76) (pounds lost: men 10-25; women 5-21)
#5. Weight Watchers (74) (pounds lost: men 12-35; women 10-28)
#6. Medifast (70) (pounds lost: 20-43 men; 14-40 women)
#7. Jenny Craig (66) (pounds lost: men 15-34; women 10-30)
#8. Nutrisystem (56) (pounds lost: men 10-30; women 7-24)

The diets falling lower in the ranking included: Atkins Diet (men lost 15-30; women 8-25), Slim Fast (men 10-25; women 5-22), South Beach Diet (men 11-27; women 8-23), and the Glycemic Index Diet (men 11- 29; women 10-27)... if you're counting, yes, there is one missing but I cannot seem to find reference to what it may be anywhere.

Things important to note:

The non-expert, real-world, users of the diets being rated valued real, whole food over pre-packed pseudo-food.

Among the survey’s take-home messages:

"Have realistic expectations. Dieters often overestimate how much weight they can realistically lose, not realizing that shedding as little as 5-10 percent of total weight can offer significant health benefits."

"Track calories, activity. Monitoring your exercise, calories, and weight can boost your progress. Nearly nine in 10 MyFitnessPal users recorded what they ate; 68 percent of those on Weight Watchers did so."

"Online benefits are limited. Two-thirds of Weight Watchers users attended group meetings, while the others followed the diet online. Meetings-goers had higher satisfaction scores, learned better self-control strategies, and shed more pounds than those who followed the diet online only."

"Pick a diet that fits you. Some diets eliminate or severely limit some foods. But if this approach isn’t right for you, choose another that fits your lifestyle and learn to eat your favorite foods in moderation, without thinking of them as forbidden items."

As for me and my house, we will follow the science and the wellness we have achieved, and in which we continue to grow.

(I'm hoping this is a headstone!)

For your consideration:

The Definitive Guide to Conventional Wisdom

Is Conventional Wisdom Set in Stone?

Is the Stone Beginning to Crack?

Personally, I found this list to be A LOT more edifying and inspirational:

The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness

...And, because apparently we all need all the prayer we can get... May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May you find peace within and all around you. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith and desire... a desire which even itself issues from God. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May you answer your call and use those gifts that you have received to pass on the love that has been given to you. May the presence of God settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love beyond your wildest imagination. May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God as it simply "overtakes" you moment by moment... rather than being overwhelmed by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

...Because the path is YOURS, and yours alone, to forge!



UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)

'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures SEPTEMBER 2013!

(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)

Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!

(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)

I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!

NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
(Tom Venuto)

DONE Girl Love...

(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)

Leaving NORMAL... In Pursuit of Happiness

Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga


Words CAN Be Enough... page 3

Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?

In Answer to Your Questions (Letter to Our Family Regarding Our Nutritional Plan: RESEARCH LINKS)

Comparison Chart: Primal/Paleo/Ancestral, etc.

Sweeteners - Take a Closer Look!

PDF Comparison Chart of 300 Sweeteners

Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)

Focus on LUNCHES... for school and YOU!
(& parent resources regarding nutrition for children)

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    You wrote an awesome blog. As I spend time learning more about nutrition, I am finding things on spark are not always correct, plus not everyone who calls themselves a nutritionist is well informed.

    It appears that if you can serve a financial purpose, you can become well-known and famous at anything.

    I so love coming to your blog because of your knowledge, truthfulness and excellent information. My wish would be for you to have a team about food.

    Thank you so much for this fantastic blog.
    988 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/13/2014 12:31:35 PM
    Personally, I'd like to see the word "diet" changed to HLSC (Healthy Life Style Change). I know it should be an easier to remember acronym but . . .
    Wanting to undo something that may have taken years in a short amount of time, not allowing for genetics, health issues, it just doesn't make sense to me.
    Blog emoticon
    988 days ago
  • BERRY4
    Unfortunately, the messed up write up by US News also goes along with the following:



    Yes, these are all in the same vein of thought. But ask yourself, do we really just take as "true" something because a newsworthy magazine prints it. Who sets them up as the "authority"? Who is getting paid to put garbage in print? Who decides what is "best" and "worst"?

    I find it interesting that some of the better doctors have all quit the health care company I get to go to. And one of them previously indicated to me and my dd, that if she were asked which "eating style" made the most sense to her--she said PALEO.

    I have a theory about why they have all quit, and I will say that it has a lot to do with the direction medicine is going.

    "Medicine" is not making any attempt to HEAL people. We are putting bandages on problems and letting them grow to be bigger problems. We are using medicines which have such a list of side effects, that I think it may be best to deal with the ailment and NOT the side effects of medicine. Besides, you will just need another medicine to treat those side effects. And before you know it, you will find yourself so far down the hole, you won't recognize how you got there.

    But until we each own our health and take steps to seek improved health for ourselves, we will be at the mercy of people without a clue (and IMO paid for by the companies who make money off of a prescription for everything under the heavens!).

    Oh! Did you know? FOOD IS MEDICINE!

    Sorry, my dear, for getting on my own "soap box" on your blog!

    Blessings of health and forbearance to you and yours!

    988 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/13/2014 1:52:35 AM
    We are none of us the same. I am grateful for the information you've shared because it's helped me focus on what works for me. I have other friends doing things I know I can't live with-or that won't work for me. Keep on the path! You're doing so wonderful.
    988 days ago
    Ultimately, I think the only diet that works is the one that you stick to...
    988 days ago
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