Sunday, July 15, 2012

High Protein? High Carb? Magic?

A couple weeks ago I wrote about a JAMA study that questioned the notion that a calorie is a calorie. The New York Times recently published an interview with physician, and obesity expert Dr. Jules Hirsch: In Dieting, Magic Isn’t a Substitute for Science. It's an interesting read, and gives his perspective on the results of the study, and what it means for people trying to lose and maintain weight loss.

Dr. Hirsch maintains that for weight loss- a calorie is a calorie, although some diets may be better than others for health. He believes that the increased weight loss on the Atkins type diets is due to water weight only (not fat lost). Sounds good to me. I can continue to eat copious amounts of carbs guilt free.

Maple Bacon Doughnut at Voodoo Doughnuts by Ethan Prater, on Flickr
If "a calorie is a calorie" fat, protein and carbs are all allowed.
And, so are doughnuts with bacon (in moderation of course).

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