nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Low Carb Diets Cause Weight Loss...Because They Restrict Calories...Duh

I've yet to find a miracle diet that is not a scam or doesn't rely on eating less calories to work.

USA Today Your Life blog (Apr 18) has an article on a couple of popular, and new, low-carbohydrate diet books.  The nutritionists they consulted weren't very impressed.

There are always some diet books on the best seller list.  The main draw is their title:  they promise either a substantial loss of weight, or results in a short period of time, or some improvement in body appearance...or any combination.

The latest fad is the low-carbohydrate diet, offered in a number of forms.

One very popular diet tries to make the case that rapid alterations in food categories will "confuse" your metabolism, a state called "metabolic confusion" (a term made up by the author).  I guess if your metabolism is confused, it won't know what to do with food. 

This is laughable.

I've yet to find one that, when you dig in to all the hand-waving about avoiding this food, or eating more of that one, doesn't come down to just a caloric restriction, below the daily requirement.

And no matter what you eat, if you eat less than your body will lose weight.


Secret revealed.

Doc D

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