I am a case in point. I happily maintained a healthy weight in good health for years on a low-fat vegan diet. When I decided that I would add more nuts and seeds, the weight started to creep up. Thanks to you and Chef AJ bringing this issue to my attention, I have returned to the low-fat whole foods vegan diet (aka McDougalling) and over the past month, have lost 3 of the excess pounds of fat. I'm eating all I want of low-fat plant foods, so no suffering with hunger. I'm grateful to have had this opportunity to mend my ways. I do feel better, in a lot of subtle ways in addition to the improved BMI.
It's been just over 2 months now of eating 100% low-fat, whole plant foods (eliminated ALL oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, chocolate, Durien. I've lost 11 pounds while eating all I want. There are other improvements too: I always used to enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, which went by the wayside once I got into "treating" myself with high fat foods. I have started opening my recipe books again! Yay!
I added up the calories from fat that I had been eating before the change; it was amazing how fast it added up! According to my calculator (9 calories per gram of fat) I was eating about 500 calories JUST from fat. I had been "justing" myself into gaining weight: JUST a 1/4 of an avocado on my salad,JUST one piece of Durien, JUST 1 ounce of chocolate, JUST 1/4 cup of unsalted cashews... as if saying "just" somehow magically takes away the high fat content.
Hello everyone who is interested in this topic. It's been about 4 months for me now of eating only low-fat whole plant foods, and to date, I've lost 20 lbs. I've been stable at this point for several weeks, so I suspect this may be the bottom of my weight loss. I look & feel much better. When I was going up a steep flight of stairs recently, I realized how much easier it is now. That 20 lbs was like carrying 4 five pound gym weights with me everywhere!
There already has been a lot of research done on IGf-1 and plant-based diet. Dr. Michael Greger offers a number of presentations on it on his website: http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=growth+hormone As we might expect, the low-fat plant based diet does in fact lower IGF-1 dramatically, without fasting.
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Yes, have seen that new one, which is a nut-industry funded study of a number of nut-industry studies, most of which studies actually had little to do with weight loss. In fact it "reviews" several of the same studies we already debunked, where nut-eaters were fed fewer calories during the study period when their weight started to go up, so that there would be no weight gain. In other words, it's another nonsense study from the free-spending nut industry.
A little busy right now, but we will be taking that one apart before too long. Meanwhile, Chef AJ has lost way more weight since this series of articles went up...doing nothing other than eliminate the "recommended" amount of daily nuts from her diet.
Nuts are great! They're healthy! But they're not "super foods" and the science, when it's actually examined and not just skimmed over, shows they do make most people gain weight if they simply add them and don't use them to replace.
Well, if you do care too much, you probably will leave less and stressed. Mental disorder is abused, but I am sure that too much of obsession is harmful. Proved http://en.optimeez.com
Heyyyy...... ;) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23595878 June 2013 "Compared with control diets, diets enriched with nuts did not increase body weight, body mass index, or waist circumference in controlled clinical trials."
33 clinical trials.... wow
Heyyyyy..... looks like nuts are in the clear. Don't contribute to weight gain, obesity or waist circumference. That is soooo coool. Now I have can my one ounce per day that both McDougall, Novick, and Fuhrman recommend for people losing weight. What kills me is that for all of the nonsense about different diets, Novick, Mc Dougall and Fuhrman have basically the same recommendation for weight loss, one ounce per day. Reminds me of a Shakespeare play..."Much ado about nothing". ;) Kragdar
Don't be an easy dupe, Kragdar. If you look at the new analysis you linked to, you'll see it's the SAME 25 STUDIES we already exposed as bogus on this very page, plus 8 others.
Bottom line of that review, if you actually get and read the studies they looked at: it is a review mostly of nut studies on heart disease markers where the weight of the nut-eating groups was controlled by regular weighing of participants and then adjusting their calories to prevent weight gain. Yeah, real useful to determine if nuts impact weight...
And of course the studies in that review that actually looked at weight gain and didn't manipulate the calories of nut-eaters -- showed weight gain in every case, albeit it "non-significant" weight gain, according to the authors.
Gaining an extra 20 pounds over 10 years wouldn't be considered "non-significant" by most people I know, which is what those weight studies found when you extrapolate it out.
If you need to lose weight, the message is clear: lose the nuts, just like McDougall and Novick say. Otherwise limiting them to an ounce a day is fine. Just don't kid yourself about these nut-industry funded studies and bogus meta-analyses. They are the same as the bogus studies showing olive oil and milk are health foods. You don't believe that, do you?
Bottom line is the review you're linking to contain studies that all get very low grades from the FDA, and are considered "weak," and FDA won't permit sales claims to be based on them.
The whole point of the article on this page is about exposing weak or dishonest science. So bring some good science next time! :)
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