Friday, 5 September 2014

When bad science goes...pretty much the same!

After the previous post, you may have got the impression that things are getting worse. Hmmm!

Hat-tip to James Beckerman, MD for, which refers to Comparison of Named Diet Programs Finds Little Difference in Weight Loss Outcomes.

This study comes to the opposite conclusion of the study in my previous blog post. As that study was a pile of poo, that must mean that this study is 100% correct, right? Hmmm!

Your enemy's enemy is not necessarily your friend. See What about the Other Weight Loss Diet Study??
"Previous meta-analyses, such as Hession et al, had balanced inclusion criteria that allow us to directly compare low-fat to low-carb diets.  They reported exactly what anyone would expect who is familiar with the weight loss diet literature:

  1. At 6 months, low-carb diets consistently lead to greater weight loss than low-fat diets. 
  2. At one year, the difference has all but disappeared. 
  3. Neither diet produces particularly impressive weight loss at one year or more.
  4. The weight loss effectiveness of typical low-fat diets tends to be modest at all time points.
Oh, well. It could have been a lot worse!

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