“Eating fat, staying lean”

NY Times report on a new study showing faster weight loss on a low carb diet, and no sign of any harmful effects. The most interesting thing is that they still sound surprised, even though that’s what just about every modern study shows.

NYT: Eating fat, staying lean


  1. Milton
    Of course they are surprised, it goes against what they have been reporting for decades. Notice how many times both the researchers and the reporter hedge their bets; they are intrigued by the results only because they consider it to be some kind of anomaly or unexpected outcome:

    "And at least in the short term, there were no apparent harmful effects."

    "“these are very short-term results,” said Dr. Dena Bravata, an internist and research associate at the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University, who was not involved with this experiment but has conducted dietary studies. “Those on the high-fat diets showed no harmful impacts” after 45 days or so, she said. “But what about in 5 or 10 years, if they remain on the diet?” "

    And so on, and so on. There is still so much resistance to the idea that fat is not poison, that every time a new study shows this, they act as if it's the first time. That way, they can present it as something out of the ordinary. "Experts tell us that fat is bad, but this new study indicates otherwise, although we must stress that the results are preliminary and blah blah blah." Had the study shown the opposite, it would have read "RESEARCH CONFIRMS 101% CERTAIN: FAT WILL KILL YOU."

  2. Stephanie O.
    I saw this reported on our local news last night (in Seattle, WA) and I had to laugh at the "these are only short term results" garbage.
    The woman that gives the "latest health news" is a skinny, wrinkled woman in her 60's, claims to be a journalist, who has never had to worry about her weight, yet she spouts this nonsense week in, week out.
    She too sounded VERY SURPISED that the people in the study didn't keel over from all of the arterycloggingsaturatedfat they were eating.
  3. Never underestimate the ability of the NY Times to continue spouting nonsense for decades after it's been shown to be such.
  4. Peggy Holloway
    It amazes me that the NYTimes, which has published so many of Gary Taubes's cutting-edge articles lambasting the poor science of nutritional "science," continues to promote low-fat diets. Tara Parker Pope and her blog drive me insane. Cognitive dissonance is alive and well...

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