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Paleo diet rating

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 04, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Has anyone seen this? http://health.msn.com/healthy-living/best-diets-overall?g With an expanding body of science supporting that maintaining a paleo diet/lifestyle improves health and aids in weight loss-why is it rated dead last?

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf, Art DeVany, and all the paleo bloggers who have written e-books, cook books, etc. combined don't make as much money as one upper level executive in a company like Monsanto.

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on January 04, 2012
at 11:12 PM

I get your comment thhq. My point is it's not NECESSARY to buy any books, supplements, or anything else. In two years I've bought one "paleo" item - a cookbook. Sure, I could buy book after book after book - but why? I have the internet.

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(10611)

on January 04, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Well for one it's just not sustainable. Who cares whether it works if it doesn't save the planet. Other than me.

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(10611)

on January 04, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I beg to differ. Paleo and its near cousin VLC have sold a lot of books and supplements. There's no money in hunt-and-gather lifestyle, but tons have been made on the paleo feedbag.

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on January 04, 2012
at 10:14 PM

@FED, I'd forgotten but I remember seeing a favorable ratio at first too. Thanks for the reminder--old brain, you know. :-))

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(19479)

on January 04, 2012
at 10:02 PM

When the US News article first came out, Paleo had a overwhelming number of respondents who indicated that they were "helped" by the diet and only a few "didn't help". The ratio of "helped" to "didn't help" was higher for paleo than any other diet, and then, a funny thing happened. Within 24 hrs, thousands of "didn't help" votes poured in and skewed the results in the opposite direction. (Another interesting observation is that similar phenomenon befell the votes for the Atkins diet at the same time.) This seems to me to be the result of a deliberate attempt to discredit Paleo.

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(5914)

on January 04, 2012
at 09:49 PM

People with an agenda against the diet?

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(5639)

on January 04, 2012
at 08:42 PM

People aren't willing to commit to a change so drastic for most Americans.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on January 04, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I suspect they are recycling diet articles to bump up their pageviews to benefit from folks' resolutions ;).

775bc83a7c54975e77a8500e065a24c3

(814)

on January 04, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Thanks for the link...I did not realize this is old news and now Im wondering why its featured today on their website.

303067c2b030e85c82f1bd09095225ae

(205)

on January 04, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Bingo! One sentence sums it all up!

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Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on January 04, 2012
at 07:49 PM

There's no money in it.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on January 04, 2012
at 10:36 PM

I beg to differ. Paleo and its near cousin VLC have sold a lot of books and supplements. There's no money in hunt-and-gather lifestyle, but tons have been made on the paleo feedbag.

Eedf46c82d0356d1d46dda5f9782ef36

(4464)

on January 04, 2012
at 11:12 PM

I get your comment thhq. My point is it's not NECESSARY to buy any books, supplements, or anything else. In two years I've bought one "paleo" item - a cookbook. Sure, I could buy book after book after book - but why? I have the internet.

303067c2b030e85c82f1bd09095225ae

(205)

on January 04, 2012
at 07:57 PM

Bingo! One sentence sums it all up!

Medium avatar

(19479)

on January 04, 2012
at 11:36 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf, Art DeVany, and all the paleo bloggers who have written e-books, cook books, etc. combined don't make as much money as one upper level executive in a company like Monsanto.

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7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on January 04, 2012
at 08:01 PM

This is old news. See Cordain's response on Robb Wolf's blog.

775bc83a7c54975e77a8500e065a24c3

(814)

on January 04, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Thanks for the link...I did not realize this is old news and now Im wondering why its featured today on their website.

7dc950fc76a046048e683d2a27dced37

on January 04, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I suspect they are recycling diet articles to bump up their pageviews to benefit from folks' resolutions ;).

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 04, 2012
at 08:07 PM

The US News article is fairly old news but I think it did good things for our community. So many outraged people reacted to the article that it allowed us to come to the attention of many new folks. You certainly haven't seen any slippage in the popularity of ancestral eating since it came out.

To be fair, though, I was surprised to see about 24,000 clicks on the "didn't help" button compared to about 6,000 on the "helped" button. Errors and repeaters notwithstanding that does make you wonder.

The positive spin is that 25% is a decent success rate for any eating plan. A more negative look is, why wouldn't whole foods work for more people? Was it the American demand for instant, painless results? Is this in fact a lifestyle that works only for a portion of the population? And if the latter is true, I must assume the predators among our species have different needs than the sheep. :-))

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 04, 2012
at 09:49 PM

People with an agenda against the diet?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 04, 2012
at 10:14 PM

@FED, I'd forgotten but I remember seeing a favorable ratio at first too. Thanks for the reminder--old brain, you know. :-))

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(5639)

on January 04, 2012
at 08:42 PM

People aren't willing to commit to a change so drastic for most Americans.

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(19479)

on January 04, 2012
at 10:02 PM

When the US News article first came out, Paleo had a overwhelming number of respondents who indicated that they were "helped" by the diet and only a few "didn't help". The ratio of "helped" to "didn't help" was higher for paleo than any other diet, and then, a funny thing happened. Within 24 hrs, thousands of "didn't help" votes poured in and skewed the results in the opposite direction. (Another interesting observation is that similar phenomenon befell the votes for the Atkins diet at the same time.) This seems to me to be the result of a deliberate attempt to discredit Paleo.

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on January 04, 2012
at 07:52 PM

lol @ health.msn

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6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 04, 2012
at 09:51 PM

Who gives a shit. They're stoopid and we're not (I hope).

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