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Just when you think you know how to lose weight.


Whoever finds a single fool proof way to lose weight is guaranteed to become the richest person on earth. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, a one-size-fits-all super diet will probably never be discovered. If it is not enough that our bodies are so different, there are many, many other factors at play including cultural differences, lifestyle differences, socio-economic differences and taste preferences. The list of factors that can impact on weight loss success just goes on and on.

It’s really no wonder then that we are bombarded with conflicting and confusing scientific reports. It is very difficult to conduct an experiment that considers all of these variables. As a result, we are left with many reputable and conflicting scientific reports, each claiming that yet another dietary approach is the be-all and end-all for losing weight. Whether it is the Atkins or the Mediterranean Diet, the Low Fat or Low GI diet, or even Weight Watchers; the list is never-ending. It is just too easy to become a bit cynical after a while. How refreshing then, to come across a scientific study that found that most well balanced popular diets work well, irrespective of whether it is high in protein, low in fat, low in carbohydrates or any combination of these!

This study, called the “Comparison of Weight-Loss Diets with Different Compositions of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates” was published on February 26, 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Its aim was to try and put an end to the age-old debate around the question “Which type of diet is most effective for weight loss”. The research team was of the opinion that many of the conflicting scientific reports on the weight loss topic published previously were based on populations too small to be representative, and that many studies did not track the progress of participants for a long enough period to provide sufficient information for assessment.
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Oprah Winfrey’s weight gain confession 2009

Whether you’re a fan of Oprah Winfrey or not, you have to respect her for how far she’s come. From very humble beginnings she has grown to be one of the most influential people in the world today.  An Oprah show in 1996 on mad cow disease was followed by years of bitter legal wrangling between Oprah and a group of Texas cattlemen, after they sued her for “making false and disparaging statements about perishable food products”. The cattlemen claimed that one of her remarks: “It has just stopped me cold from eating another burger!”, resulted in a major drop in cattle prices – costing them more than $12 million. A jury eventually found Oprah not liable for damages. This little story very neatly demonstrates the power of Oprah Winfrey.

One of the reasons so many people from around the world holds Oprah so dearly is her honesty.  She opens her life and her struggles to her audience, which makes it almost impossible not to identify with Oprah for one reason or the other.  In the end, of course, we are all just human beings. Oprah’s ups and downs with weight gain are probably her most widely publicized and self confessed problem area, a battle many of us can identify with. Too many of our efforts followed exactly the same route: lose, gain back plus, lose again, gain back plus and so on. And every time it is just more difficult to get back on the bandwagon. Continue reading ‘Oprah Winfrey’s weight gain confession 2009′