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Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

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Trick and Treat:
How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
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"A great book that shatters so many of the nutritional fantasies and fads of the last twenty years. Read it and prolong your life."
Clarissa Dickson Wright

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"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Mediterranean Diet and Weight Loss: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

Katherine Esposito, Christina-Maria Kastorini, Demosthenes B. Panagiotakos, Dario Giugliano. Mediterranean Diet and Weight Loss: Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. February 2011, 9(1): 1-12. doi:10.1089/met.2010.0031.


Background: The epidemiological evidence supporting a causal link between Mediterranean diets and body weight is contrasting. We evaluated the effect of Mediterranean diets on body weight in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) using a meta-analysis.

Methods: We searched English and non-English publications in PubMed, Embase, Scopus, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from inception to January, 2010. Two evaluators independently selected and reviewed eligible studies. Sixteen randomized controlled trials, with 19 arms and 3,436 participants (1,848 assigned to a Mediterranean diet and 1,588 assigned to a control diet) were included.

Results: In a random-effects meta-analysis of all 19 arms, the Mediterranean diet group had a significant effect on weight [mean difference between Mediterranean diet and control diet, -1.75kg; 95% confidence interval (CI), -2.86 to -0.64kg] and body mass index (mean difference, -0.57kg/m2, -0.93 to -0.21kg/m2). The effect of Mediterranean diet on body weight was greater in association with energy restriction (mean difference, -3.88kg, -6.54 to -1.21kg), increased physical activity (-4.01kg, -5.79 to -2.23kg), and follow up longer than 6 months (-2.69kg, -3.99 to -1.38kg). No study reported significant weight gain with a Mediterranean diet.

Conclusions: Mediterranean diet may be a useful tool to reduce body weight, especially when the Mediterranean diet is energy-restricted, associated with physical activity, and more than 6 months in length. Mediterranean diet does not cause weight gain, which removes the objection to its relatively high fat content. These results may be useful for helping people to lose weight.

COMMENT: It has been known for a very long time that a high-fat diet is better for weight loss than a low-fat diet. So I find one sentence in the conclusion to this study where it says "Mediterranean diet does not cause weight gain, which removes the objection to its relatively high fat content." rather odd. Why would anyone with any knowledge of the causes, prevention and treatment of obesity object to the use of a high-fat diet to achieve it? And why would any scientiest with a knowledge of nutrition object to anyone eating a high-fat diet — so long as the fats were natural animal fats and tropical oils, as the real Mediterranean Diet is (unlike what the US thinks constitutes a 'mediterranean diet')?

From that sentence, one could infer that the researchers didn't know that high-fat diets were best for weight loss. Let's face it, we've had over a century of clinical trials and epidemiological studies all showing that high-fat diets are best for weight loss. If the researchers didn't know about