8 months ago

CNN weight loss low carb diet study is fake news by silicon valley standards

While on vacation in Guatemala I saw a new low carb weight loss article by CNN.

The air quality and fires (plus the general state of our country) had my eyes riveted towards the news, even while I was on vacation in Guatemala.

So I was a bit surprised when I saw a recent article by CNN highlighting a weight loss study.

Wasn’t CNN just supposed to cover Trump? (I’m joking … sort of)

Since I help chronic dieters (people who have tried dieting over 10x and gain weight after each diet) I was a bit crestfallen when I saw the article.

Low-carb diets might be best for maintaining weight loss, study says

You can read the headline of the article above.

Now if you have been following my work for any period of time you know how strongly I feel about diets.

First, this might be obvious but I am about Enlightenment from traditional weight loss approaches.

Why am I against diets?

Because I literally think diets are a form of Samsara (or mass delusion).

Think to back in the day when people believed there was no harm to cigarettes. That was a type of mass delusion.

And nowadays we have diets.

What’s crazy is that Tracy Mann, from UCLA, analyzed every single long term weight loss study and found that diets:

  1. do not work – for about 99% of people diets do not result in weight loss
  2. About 50% of people who diet actually gain more weight because they dieted!

She even says “People on diets typically lose 5 to 10 percent of their starting weight in the first six months, the researchers found. However, at least one-third to two-thirds of people on diets regain more weight than they lost within four or five years, and the true number may well be significantly higher”

Wow.

Here in Silicon Valley where I live, this type of short sightedness is just plain wrong.

It’s done for clickbait headlines rather than to present a more nuanced understanding of weight loss.

Talk about fake news.

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