Sunday, February 24, 2013

The New Paleo Diet Study: The Weight Loss

I've written previously about the diet used in the latest paleo diet study. In this post I want to address the results.  Here's the study:  A Palaeolithic-type diet causes strong tissue-specific effects on ectopic fat deposition in obese postmenopausal women.   In this post I am going to address the weight loss (and change in intake) only.

On the "con"side we have the following:
  • Small, n=10
  • No control group
  • Short - 5 weeks
On the "pro" side, there appear to be (see small type below) significant controls in place to ensure compliance, accurate reporting of intake, etc.

Summary:  This group spontaneously decreased caloric intake by an average of 25% with a mean weight loss of 4.5 kg in 5 weeks.  That works out to 2 lbs per week weight loss ... a decent clip.  Two things I would like to highlight:
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