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High protein diets, weight & death

On May 8th 2015, The Independent, and a few other newspapers, reported “High-protein diets increase risk of weight gain, study finds”. The abstract can be found here. Sadly the full article is not on open view, but I’ve got a copy to dissect it for you below. The PREDIMED study

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Did a low fat diet beat a low carb diet for fat loss?

A story emerged on March 5th 2015 from the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego. It was not widely covered, but James Gallagher, Health Editor for BBC online, wrote about it here and The Times picked it up (firewalled). The study The study presented at the conference

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Horizon: What’s the right diet for you?

Last January Horizon had a diet programme. This January they had three – all on the same topic – the idea that there are three different types of (over)eaters and therefore three different diets that they should be on. It was described as “a personalised approach to dieting based on

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Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story

The starting aim and metrics “Katie Hopkins: My Fat story” was a programme aired in two parts on TLC on January 2nd and January 3rd 2015. Katie Hopkins set out the rationale for the programme in the opening words: “To make a point to the two thirds of Brits who

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The low-carb vs low-fat study

On September 2nd 2014 a story broke in the field of diet and nutrition, but it barely made it across the pond. The New York Times headline was “A call for a low carb diet that embraces fat.” The Huffington Post covered the story, but didn’t devote a whole article

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Weight loss correlates with low carb, not low calorie

This is extracted from: “The Obesity Epidemic: What caused it? How can we stop it?” Marjorie R. Freedman, Janet King, and Eileen Kennedy wrote an article called “Popular Diets: A Scientific Review”, where 17 studies of weight loss with different macro nutrient (carbohydrate, fat and protein) composition, were reported with

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Replacing, not lowering, cholesterol would be more accurate

You Magazine, Mail on Sunday (18 & 25/5/14), featured a new book by Ian Marber and Dr Laura Corr, with recipes by Dr Sarah Schenker, called “Eat your way to lower cholesterol: Recipes to reduce cholesterol by up to 20% in under 3 months”. My first thought, upon seeing the

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Horizon: Sugar vs. Fat – Follow-up

This is a follow-up to this post. There were a number of issues with this programme, but one that particularly didn’t add up was the claim that Xand had lost muscle. As I shared in the first post, I wrote to Horizon on 2nd February (2014) to ask the following:

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Horizon: Sugar vs. Fat

The big news story last week was an experiment done with identical twins on the BBC Horizon programme. A friend of mine, Kate, found an interesting twist – this was not a new experiment for Chris and Alexander (Xand) Van Tulleken. A 2008 Channel 4 programme followed the brothers, both

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The every other day diet (Alternate day fasting)

A UK TV programme (Monday 6th August 2012) generated much interest about Calorie Restriction and Intermittent Fasting. The programme was a Horizon documentary, by Michael Mosley, called “Eat, Fast and Live Longer” (The comma is very important!) I did a review of the programme, so you’ll be able to see

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