She also began to successfully compete in classical singing on a national level through the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Her Teutonic, high-strung voice teacher at Indiana was nothing like the nurturing presence of Don Wilson. The confusion of following a college career that was accomodating to what she thought others wanted for her took its toll. As an out-patient from the treatment center, she returned to Indiana to give the classical career one more try before giving up.
A friend who was living in Nashville convinced her to visit there for a few days to take a look around. Before she left Belmont, shea€™d started of all things, a punk band called a€?Built Like Lizzie.a€? She dyed her hair multiple colors and wrote songs that expressed long-repressed anger over her stifled personal growth. On one stay-over in Oklahoma City, she attended an open mic 15 minutes from her parentsa€™ home. General Mills, partnering with a€?The Biggest Loser,a€? issued a a€?Pound for Pound Challenge.a€? For every pound pledged to an online website, then lost, theya€™d give a pound of food to Feeding America.
In Jericho, she sings, a€?a€¦wea€™re infinitely more than just the sum of all the pain thata€™s come beforea€¦ Maybe our walls will come crashing down. Somewhere in late spring of last year, I listened to Sonicbids press kits for applicants to the 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Festivala€™s Emerging Artists Showcase. On New Yeara€™s Eve of 2008, Oklahoma Citya€™s mayor issued a challenge to his city, the nationa€™s fattest, to lose one million pounds. There are several layers to this and, frankly, there are some things we can’t fully explain – I’ll always acknowledge this. Take a look again at the figure below, which shows you how many calories folks are consuming on each diet and, more importantly, where those calories come from. You’ll note that people on these diets, including the strictest low-fat high-carb diets, significantly reduce their total amount of carbohydrates (therefore reducing the amount of insulin they secrete). The reason, I believe, most of these diets have some efficacy – at least in the short-term – is that they all reduce sugar and highly refined carbohydrate intake, either explicitly or implicitly. Someone made a great point in response to my post on why fruits and vegetables are not actually necessary for good health. I know a lot of people who eat this way and, I’ve got to say, these folks do not eat a lot of sugar or a lot of highly refined carbohydrates. While I do plan to write an entire post on this topic of what one can and cannot conclude from an experiment, I do want to at least make the point here: The biggest single problem with nutrition “science” is that cause and effect are rarely linked correctly.
I am, to be clear, not implying this is the case for this trial, but I want you to understand why it’s important to read papers fully. This trial, The Lifestyle Heart Trial, prospectively randomized a group of not-so-healthy patients into two treatment groups: the control group and the experimental group (or what we’d call the “treatment” or “intervention” group). First off, and perhaps most importantly from the standpoint of drawing conclusions, compliance was reported to be excellent and the differences between the groups were statistically significant on every metric, except total average caloric intake.
Take a moment to look over the rest of the table (or just skip reading it since I’m going to keep talking about it anyway).
Though not shown in this table, the experimental group also reported less chest pain severity (though chest pain frequency and duration were not statistically different).
Let’s take a leap of faith and hypothesize that the dietary intervention (rather than, say, the social support) had the greatest impact on the measured parameters in the subjects.  It’s certainly the most likely factor in my mind.  But what, exactly, can I conclude? People don’t like to be hungry, and if they are reducing their caloric intake by reducing fat intake, they seldom find themselves satiated. Semi-starvation reduces basal metabolic rate, so your body actually adjusts to the “new” norm and slows down its rate of mobilizing internal fat stores.
I argue that reduction of fat intake has nothing to do with it and that the reduction of total calories has a transient effect. It’s *really* tough to study this stuff properly, especially compared to studying things blood pressure lowering pills, which are complex in their own right, but MUCH easier to control in a study. A nutrition department of a university accepts funds from a company that makes confectionery.
Do you think the Academy’s supporters want to hear that if you eliminate their products you will no longer need to rely on the products provided by the biggest supporters of the Diabetic Association? Pretty much solely because of their report, Suzuki was forced to eventually withdraw the Samurai from production in the US although they later won the lawsuit that was filed as a result of the forged report by showing videos from the actual testing of the car conducted by CR. Ironically, the fact that CR had to admit it was faked somehow wasn’t plastered all over their magazines and the front pages of a bunch of newspapers.
At that point, everything they publish became suspect and may as well line a birdcage somewhere. Peter, I have a coworker who has recently lost 80lbs over the course of a year on weight watchers.
Looking forward to your next post, and of course people's comments for the current one! I will discuss all of this in great detail, hopefully in the coming month, when I do a post on PUFA (polyunsaturated fatty acids).
Anyway, it’s nice to discover someone who takes the Taubes viewpoint on things, and also takes the time to actually post online about it with some frequency, so thanks! Oh absolutely, I was mostly referring to the fact that most of the excess carbs we eat are converted to palmitic acid, which is a SFA. There was an (1) average protein, low fat group (65% CHO), (2) High protein, low fat group , (3) Average protein, high fat, and (4) high protein, high fat (35% CHO). Thanks very much, Bob, both for the kind comments and for sharing the other data with folks. My mom was going to Weight Watchers meetings and asked if I would like to join with her, and while I was quite successful at meeting my goal weight, I had a hard time keeping the weight off given that I didn’t have a mature frame of mind at that young of an age. My mom (who has always struggled with her weight as well) saw how my weight was taking a toll on my life. The moment I began to see full length images of myself is when I knew I once and for all needed to make a change.
I had off-weeks where the scale didn’t say what I wanted, but that just pushed me to work harder the following week.
It is so important to have a support system of people holding you accountable on a daily basis. I have lost and maintained about a 100 pound weight loss which took me just over a year to achieve. Depending on how much you weigh, and how bad you were eating before will depend on how much you will lose. Clifford to the 2009 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists Showcase, and then again at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, voting for her presence in the organized showcases. However, someone a€?influentiala€? [and bone-headed] told her [at age 10!] that she was a€?too fata€? and that a€?no one would want to look at hera€? on the cover of an album. She gave up any dream of recording her own songs to accommodate what she thought were the goals other people had for her. In January of 2000, she moved there, but shuttled back and forth to Nashville to finish the CD.
The Biggest Loser would be filming press conference segments at food banks around the nation to publicize the challenge.


In January of 2000, she moved there, but shuttled back and forth to Nashville to finish the CD.A  This became the start of a peripatetic journey, wherein she booked her own gigs and became a road-weary warrior. That said, many of the successes (at least weight-wise, though hopefully by now you realize there is much more to health than just body composition) of popular diets can be explained by a few simple observations.
You can argue that those who are overweight probably consume an even greater amount of carbohydrates.
Even the Ornish diet, which is the most restrictive diet with respect to fat and most liberal with respect to carbohydrates, still reduces carbohydrate intake by about 40% from what people were likely eating pre-diet. No one on the Ornish Diet or Jenny Craig Diet is eating candy bars and potato chips, at least not if they are adhering to it. The point was, essentially, that telling people to eat 5-6 servings per day of fruits and vegetables can hopefully drive a beneficial substitution effect.
I have no intention of engaging in a battle with proponents of plant-based eating or no-saturated-fat diets. Stated another way, it’s one thing to observe an outcome, but it’s quite another to conclude the actual cause of that outcome. In other words, for every intended difference between the groups a difference existed, except that on average they ate the same number of calories (though obviously from very different sources), which was not intended to be different as both groups were permitted to eat ad libitum – meaning as much as they wanted.
Ornish’s study?  I think the reduction in sugar and simple carbohydrates played the largest single role in the improvements experienced by the experimental group, but I can’t prove it from this study any more than one can prove a low-fat vegetarian diet is the “best” diet.  We can only conclude that it’s better than eating Twinkies and potato chips which, admittedly, is a good thing to know. And, the majority of the benefit folks receive comes from the reduction of sugars and highly refined carbohydrates.
Case in point…they recently reported that olive oil is not good for you because it does not contain omega 6. 3, has a good point about some plans (including WW) having the advantage of group support, which I think is a very major confounder. It is wonderful to watch these people glow once they have found some sort of solution to their weight problem. One of my favorite things to say to people who are scared of saturated fat is that even on an entirely plant based diet, (ala Ornish Diet), if they are restricting their caloric intake, their bodies will be running on the saturated (animal) fat that they have stored on themselves.
For example the degree of unsaturated fatty acids in our membrane bilayer probably plays a role in our insulin sensitivity, just as one example.
It had been a yo-yo effect for the past ten years trying to get back to a healthy weight, and my weight just kept getting higher and higher along the way.
Aside from trying that route, I thought there was a quick fix and resorted to weight loss pills, shakes, visits with nutritionists and psychiatrists, weight loss books and applying to be on weight loss shows. I started to ask myself, “Why am I looking for all the easy ways out?” – I knew I could have success with healthy eating and exercise as I had done it before, but it was going to require me to not give up after one day. A picture speaks a thousand words – and although I saw myself in the mirror every day, I could avoid looking at the areas I was ashamed of. I decided I would eat breakfast at home, pack lunch every day, and eat out on rare occasions.
Holidays, events, parties and life happened, but it is learning to not say yes to every occasion because every single day ends up turning into a special event and all those events got me to 231 pounds. I not only have my family, boyfriend, friends, co-workers, and Weight Watchers members to do so, but also the support of the followers on my Facebook page, I Lost Big and So Can You. I still follow Weight Watchers, but not as strictly as before because it is second nature to me and has just turned into a lifestyle.
I have learned now to move on from bad meals or bad days – one bad day does not define months of success. That golden voice, forged, sharpened and honed for its lifea€™s purpose, bears truth, like a mother cradles a newborn. She made the Tricentrics, and during the conference, I assured her that I would pay homage to her monumental talent. She watched how he applied himself to the craft of songwriting and absorbed every bit of advice he had to offer. It happened that the family of PR man, hobbyist musician Larry Williams needed a house-sitter for a week while they were away on vacation.
That same year she attended Kerrville and also the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Conference. In 2003, while planning to record a second album and get out on tour again, she got derailed.
When they chose the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma City, they were told that a songwriter there had lost 100 pounds and had written a song about hunger.
This flower goes through many changes, in order to be reborn, to reach its mature state of intense beauty. There is a tentative date for a performance at the Christopher Street Coffeehouse in NYCa€™s Greenwich Village on Thursday, April 15th.
But for the purpose of simplicity, let’s assume even the folks who go on these diets are consuming the national average of approximately 450 grams of carbohydrate per day (in compliance with governmental recommendations, as a percent of overall intake). If you tell someone who eats Twinkies, potato chips, and candy bars all day to eat more fruit (and they do), you’ve almost guaranteed an improvement in their health if they eat bananas and apples instead of the aforementioned junk food. I’m reasonably confident that the proponents of these diets are good people who really want to help others and have nothing but the best intentions. Ornish was the principle investigator on a trial published in the journal The Lancet in 1990.
In other words, there were not enough subjects in the study to determine a difference in these “hard” outcomes, so we can’t make a conclusion about such events, only the changes in “soft” outcomes.
Good science, bad interpretationGravity and insulin: the dynamic duoIf low carb eating is so effective, why are people still overweight? His clinical interests are nutrition, lipidology, endocrinology, and a few other cool things. Eg, the criticism of the Ornish Lifestyle Heart Trial is excellent (and I LOVED the kitten-stroking quip), and really could and should have stood alone. After short diologue with her on the particulars of her daily intake I quickly realized her consumption of carbohydrate was significantly reduced and eliminated almost all fructose.
I had to face that I was not going to lose the weight overnight and it was going to take a lot of focus and determination to get to the point where I can love myself again. I shamefully walked into those Weight Watchers doors (only because I had joined and quit about 324 times) for the final time. Every minute of every day was a mental battle with food, but I knew I could overcome my addiction to food.
There are so many caring individuals in this world who are willing to lift you up when you are down; you just simply have to ask for a little bit of help.
The plan has helped me realize portion control and forgiveness to myself if I go off plan now and again.
I will never let my weight creep up like it did before, as I have worked way too hard for this. You can do absolutely anything you set your mind to, it just takes a little bit of determination and motivation! I would be concerned if you don’t have much to loose and lost 17 pounds already in a month, but sounds like your doing great with your points and activity! Early last month as she and her husband drove home to Oklahoma City through a snowstorm, we conducted a phone interview.


In addition to performing at the White House and for presidents Gerald Ford, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and every Oklahoma governor since 1973, another claim to fame was having given country star Vince Gill his start. She took at least two voice lessons per week and dance training in addition to her regular classes. So, when it was time to go to college, she welcomed entering a bigger arena and being away from her hometown.
As it happened, her father, a fund-raising consultant for schools and non-profits, was at a meeting at Belmont University and offered to meet her there for lunch. Her father bought her a Martin and she learned to play the guitar by applying chords people taught her to her own songs. She went to his songwriter circles at the Bluebird Cafe and watched and listened to all the pros ply their craft.
David crossed the room to meet her, and they spent that evening getting to know one another, visiting another club afterward. Her blog on her website gives some remarkable insights into the rigors of the waiting profession. At a meeting at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the idea arose for the food bank to join forces with the mayor's challenge to help promote the issue of hunger and see Oklahomans get healthy at the same time. Popularity, of course, was determined by a number of factors, including compliance with current government recommendations (sorry Atkins), number of people who have tried the diet, and reported success on the diets.
That doesn’t mean bananas and apples are “good for you” – it just means they are less “bad for you.” Here’s the kicker, though. But that doesn’t mean we can or should overlook the errors being made in drawing their conclusions.
I’m not discounting soft outcomes, only pointing out the distinction for folks not familiar with them.
They never factor in that the chicken was breaded or that when someone ate steak or fish they had a large amount of bread of potatoes along with it.
I did not take much responsibility over the fact that I needed to lose weight at the age of 13 (when I was about 60 pounds overweight). She saw my consistent failed attempts and suggested I look into weight loss surgery (which coming from her was shocking – as surgery was the ultimate last option, in her opinion). The meeting ran long, and while she waited, she took a look around and noticed that Belmont had a school of music. Shea€™d been in the company of Nashville pros for so long, that playing to the average listener was a new and rewarding experience. We’re led to believe that the reason such folks get leaner and more healthy is because they are eating more fruits or more vegetables or more grains or more [fill-in-the-blank], rather than because they eliminated the most egregious offenders from their diet. Ornish personally, and I can only assume that he is a profoundly caring physician who has dedicated his life to helping people live better lives. But as always, I STRONGLY encourage folks with access (or folks who are willing to purchase it) to read the paper in its entirety.
In the past I had always set a goal weight but this time around my biggest goal was to just make it through one day without binge eating to the point of feeling sick. She finally realized that the compliant child in her had caused her to follow an unsuitable path. At the music school she was browsing through brochures when the dean, passing by, overheard her say that shea€™d just left Indiana University. Audience members reacted to her songs with emotion, telling her that shea€™d sung their story. Larry had his own digital studio in the basement and offered to help her make her first CD, free of charge.
Also, both of her grandmothers passed away within two months, a very upsetting experience for K.C.
She finally realized that the compliant child inA  her had caused her to follow an unsuitable path.
Also, both of her grandmothers passed away within two months,A  a very upsetting experience for K.C. For people who don’t want to read the study completely, or who may not have much experience reading clinical papers, I want to devote some time to digging into this paper. The end conclusion is the whole thing must be bad and therefore needs to be reduced or outright expunged from the diet.
I recall hearing Gary talking about his discussion with a participant from the Biggest loser on Larry King and the rapant weight gain after the show. I was having success week in and week out, and decided to join a gym to really ramp up my success on the scales. It’s hard to tell if this change was statistically significant by inspection, so you glance at the p-value which tells you it was not.
That is one big difference I’ve noticed between studies cited by writers who want to condemn the entire diet consumed by Americans vs those who look at it with a more in depth eye and realize that certain components are the problem not the whole diet across the board. Although she loved Nashville and thought shea€™d live there for the rest of her life, she realized that she needed to leave Nashville to find her own voice, her sound and her audience.
She made it simple, so it would sound the way shea€™d present herself solo with a guitar to an audience.
Why did the people in the China Study who ate more plants do better than those who ate more animals (assuming they did)? Well, for starters, reading abstracts, hearing CNN headlines, or reading about studies in the NY Times doesn’t actually give you enough information to really understand if the results are applicable to you.
She was appalled that in this nation with its fields upon fields of food crops, so many children face hunger every day.
Parenthetically, if you actually want the answer to this question, beyond my peripheral address, below, please read Denise Minger’s categorically brilliant analysis of the study. Beyond this reason, and let me be uncharacteristically blunt, just because a study is published in a medical journal it does not imply that is worth the paper it is printed on.
Steve Rosenberg, once told me that a great number of published studies are never again cited (I forget the exact number, but it was staggering, over 50%). That golden-throated voice is fully formed and, knowing the path it took, her voice on those songs is enough to break your heart. Translation: whatever they published was of such little value that no one ever made reference to it again.
The thing is, it is possible to eliminate wheat and still eat way too many carbs (can we say ice cream?). So raise your voicea€¦ together we can change the course if only we will make the choice, so raise your voice.a€? The song, as well as all her albums are available from her website.
So raise your voicea€¦A  together we can change the course if only we will make the choice, so raise your voice.a€? The song, as well as all her albums are available from her website. I’m now happily in ketosis, and the best part is, I know the WHY of weight loss now, how totally liberating and hope giving.



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