I hear you. I lost about 70 lbs a few years back (and I've managed to keep almost all of it off ) and there was one girl at my old job who constantly bugged me about my exercise habits. When I was still hitting the gym everyday I would try to burn no less than 2500 calories. For some reason she couldn't understand that combining exercise, portion control and BASIC SENSE could lead to a more healthy you. Needless to say she's picked up a few more pounds since then
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Actually that sounds like a great diet for me. I'm lactose and gluten intolerant anyway. And from reading your posts I already pretty much do that diet already, I'd just have to make a few small changes. I'm not concerned about my weight- I'm pretty healthy as is and I like the way I look. I'm actually much more concerned about managing my IBS than anything else.
The word 'diet' is negative and invokes failure, but making small changes to your daily habits does work... eventually. I have lost 20kg from changing my exercise habits and eating habits over the past year. I banned the word diet from my vocabulary, and called it a challenge instead.
At the bare basic level, I think what needs to be done is to measure an individual glucose/insulin tolerance. If this is low, then he should change his diet to contain less carbohydrates. If this is high, then he can handle moderate amounts of carbohydrates. In addition, his gluten and lactose tolerances need to be evaluated as well as they cause inflammation and allergy in case of low-tolerance individuals.
Paleo diet seems to be rather interesting. For example, the level of insulin spike after eating a cooked sweet potato is considerably higher than its uncooked counterpart. Not to mention, it is much easier to overindulge the cooked one.
In terms of public health, perhaps the two worst mistakes the US has ever made involve: 1) Demonizing saturated fats and cholesterol; 2) Lopsided USDA food pyramid. The official recommendations have done nothing to reduce increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Overall, squandering billions of public funds on ever-expensive and questionable drugs instead of looking for fundamentals.
The NHS 'eat well' plate looks almost like the USDA 'food pyramid' in that both of them are way too loaded with carbohydrates. These two groupthinking zombies are really telling the public -- Hey, let's get fat!
There was an awesome graph at gnolls.org that showed the 1977 "healthy diet advice" which recommended high-grain, low-fat (for the first time. It DIRECTLY correlated with a sharp rise in obesity only a few years later, which got faster and faster until today. The tag-line the blogger added? "Well, that worked."