Academic Food Fight

Remember the days of the Miller Light commercials with various ex-athletes screaming “Less Filling” versus “Tastes Great” at each other. Academic researchers in nutrition are no different. The latest example of this was a recent article in Cell Metabolism in which the authors state that their carefully controlled study demonstrates that you lose more fat… Read more »

Harvard Moving Closer to the Zone Diet After 20 Years

The recent article by Smith et al in the 2015 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tried to answer the question of primary prevention of weight gain (1). This is actually a germane question since most diet studies focus on overweight/obese individuals losing weight after years of gaining weight.  Thus this new article… Read more »

The Real Facts about Metabolically Healthy Obesity

One of great paradoxes of our obesity epidemic is that many obese individuals appear to be quite healthy. This makes the true believers in the Holy Grail of BMI as the standard for good health quite livid. They know in their hearts that obesity is a mortal sin. Early this year the Centers for Disease… Read more »

Don’t Confuse Me With the Facts

The last couple of months have been hard on obesity experts as they have learned that maybe the obvious is not so obvious. It started out in October with an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on the substitution of sugar-sweetened beverages with politically correct sugar-free beverage replacements (1). Everyone from former Mayor… Read more »

Harvard Explains Why People Regain Weight with the Atkins Diet

A study from Harvard Medical School explains that even though people can lose weight on a ketogenic diet, all lost weight usually rapidly returns. Ketogenic diets have been recommended for decades for rapid weight loss. The most famous is the Atkins diet. Ketogenic diets are based on high-protein and very low-carbohydrate intake. For the past… Read more »

“Biggest Loser” or Best Zoner?

A few weeks ago I spoke at the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Later in the day I heard an interesting lecture from the lead dietician for the TV series “The Biggest Loser”. In this lecture, she disclosed all the keys for successful weight loss in the individuals on the show. The first was incredibly… Read more »

Changing Gene Expression

I have often stated that the real power of the Zone Diet is to change gene expression, especially the expression of anti-inflammatory genes. What I never realized is how rapid gene expression could occur.

Eat Less, Get Hungry

Telling an obese person simply to eat less rarely succeeds. Is it because they are weak-willed individuals or is there something more complex going on?

If You’re Fat, You May Be OK

It is well known from epidemiological studies that about 30 percent of obese individuals and 50 percent of overweight individuals are relatively healthy in terms of cardiometabolic risk factors