1/7/14

Review of the US News & World Report's Review

Am I ever surprised anymore? No, not really. As my military friends spout off from time to time, "don't drink the koolaid." However, America really likes its koolaid. That's made obvious when, just recently, 18 states had a one-hundred percent increase in their number of confirmed cases for diabetes. And when I imagine the mysterious man pouring his koolaid into the glasses of the fit-hungry citizens I see Dr. Oz. But for now I want to ignore the faux-blue scrub wearing fit-politician and focus my attention on a website that gets over 5 million hits per day.



The US News & World Report has created its yearly review of the top diets in the nation. Atop the list is the DASH diet, advocated by Dr. Oz, and at the very bottom is the paleo diet (link to list). I've already preached why I follow the paleo diet, that's not what this post is about. My goal is to drain the koolaid. A large panel of diet experts and doctors were assembled to critique the diets. They all seem extremely smart, and many of them have been going to school for a long time. To be the number one diet a plan must be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and heart disease. So when the Dash diet won the number one spot I wondered, "what makes this so good?"

DASHing through the salt, eating only what I'm told, I'm fat and it's not my fault, I hope I live to be old. That was a horrible line, but that's how I feel about the diet. DASH stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension.  The diet starts by eliminating grains, refined sugars, salts, and high sugar foods by replacing them with high protein meats and green veggies for two weeks. Essentially, it is requesting that the participants eat a paleo plus dairy diet for two weeks. Shocker. After two weeks fruits and whole grains are reintroduced with the assumption that the dieter will be able to refrain from over eating. It's a simple diet that won 4.1 out of 5 stars.

The paleo diet was ranked 31st, tied for last with many, due to its complication and complete disregard for the US government dietary guidelines. The reason given for being complicated was said to be, "duplicating the (eating fresh lean meats and plants) in modern times would just be too difficult" while its disregard for the dietary guidelines was due to the high fat low carbohydrate recommendations. But if the national diabetes rate is climbing like it is, shouldn't we have a radical reform? Shouldn't we do something that will be difficult? The government has been telling people what they should eat for decades, and they keep getting fatter. Perhaps we shouldn't let what the government says play into our plates? These are questions I think the panelists should have addressed.

Speaking of the panelists, did you know that a handful of them (like Dr. Katz) have been on the Dr. Oz show? Or that an even larger number of them have created dietary dishes that he posts on his pinterest board? So when a diet recommended by Dr. Oz, the DASH diet, is selected by a group of individuals that have many ties to him I wonder, "was this rigged?"

Whether or not it was rigged, more and more koolaid is being made. The body is a temple, and you don't build temples with koolaid. Be smart tribe endu, and do your research!

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance


The Effects of Glucose Supplementation on Barbell Velocity and Fatiguability in Weightlifting - A pilot study"

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.