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(Steamed vegetables.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Have you seen the latest in weight loss news?  Here, go have a look:  Study finds calories count more.

Well, duh!

Imagine getting funding ($$) to come to a conclusion that most of us came to a long time ago via the method of common sense.  Calories in, calories out.  If you take in more calories than you burn, you’ll gain weight.  Logic, reason, and yes, common sense, should tell you that if you burn more than you take in, you’ll lose weight.


I wonder how much money the folks from Harvard and Pennington got to conduct the study.

All snarkiness aside, I realize this puts to rest the “my diet is better than your diet” arguments.  Bring on your Atkins, your Weight Watchers, your South Beach, and your Cabbage Soup diets.  It doesn’t matter as long as more calories are going out than going in.  But don’t starve yourself because that will slow down your metabolism.

I was going through some old (paper) files the other day and came across the U.S. Women’s Ski Team Diet from back in the 70’s.  The claim is that you will lose 20 lbs. in 2 weeks.  I don’t recall losing 20 lbs. in 2 weeks, but do remember giving it a try.  I found it online for those who don’t remember it or wish to see it.  It’s here, but you’ll have to scroll down a little to  read it.

I spent a lot of time dieting my way to weight gain when I was a perfectly respectable and healthy weight.  The U.S. Women’s Ski Team Diet was probably part of that effort.  Thankfully I’m a little more sensible these days.  But I still get drawn in, at least for a look, when someone announces the newest, bestest, guaranteed to work, lose weight quickly, diet.  Although I know there is no magic diet or magic bullet, part of me still holds out hope that the next big diet will be The One.

In the meantime, I’ll keep eating healthy foods, exercising, and making sure that the calories consumed are less than the calories burned.  It’s not magic, it’s not faddish, it’s not terribly exciting, but it works.