In the news


(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.

5 Comments on “In the news”

  1. You posted this to counter balance the paczki, right?

    Regular exercise is the key ingredient to any healthy diet. You just have to MOVE regularly 🙂 If you eat a well balanced diet in conjunction with movement, then you will be a healthy weight. Of course, that all requires patience and dedication and self-discipline which seems so elusive to our society right now. We are way too enamored of instant gratification and results.

  2. Robin says:

    LOL! Yes, I did feel the paczki needed some balance. 😉

  3. lewis1212 says:

    How true! I did also laugh about this post right after the packzi, though 🙂

  4. Anna says:

    Hi Robin,

    Oh, and after the delicious paczki post! Hey, I like this new theme, and I’m using it after revamping my writing blog. Back in the writing saddle again. I like how the comments are in colored blocks.

    I saw the news about cutting calories. LOL I mean, that does make sense! I’ve been eating healthier as a lifestyle change, and I’ve lost weight. I’ve been getting creative in what I eat… but I do still indulge every so often, and I definitely would eat paczki if I could find some. Yum!

  5. amuirin says:

    I also get suckered in by the diet articles shown on yahoo and the like.

    Of great interest to me was the recent finding that low catalase levels in the body are what cause graying hair. I am going prematurely gray at an alarming rate, so now I’m eating apples, apples, apples. Cus apple polyphenols are supposed to raise catalase levels in the body. (catalase is what dissolves hydrogen peroxide molecules, and they’ve found graying hair is basically hair that bleaches itself from the inside out cus of hydrogen peroxide)

    It’s probably too late, and everything, but I don’t suppose the apples are hurting anything.

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