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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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The Gabriel Method didn’t float my boat


I found my own response to the book “The Gabriel Method” as published by Jon Gabriel (2007) quite surprising. Somehow the book, and thereby the method, failed to live up to my expectations. This reaction is even stranger in light of the fact that, based on my own research and experience, I wholeheartedly agree with most of the key messages in Jon’s book.

The book just failed to grab my attention, and I found myself drifting off time and time again while reading it. I had to force myself to finish it. Although it’s probably just a case of different strokes for different folks, it is worth noting that one of my friends, who incidentally bought her book at the same time as I did, ended up with a very similar experience.

Having read extensively on the topic of health and general wellness for some years, I have come across most of the views expressed by Jon. After hearing most of them so many times before, it may have affected my experience of the book negatively. It could very well be that someone reading self help and/or diet books for the first time may find this book absolutely engrossing.
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