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Reader's Digest- Paleo friendly?

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Created February 04, 2011 at 2:39 AM

So I came home to my parents February 2011 copy of Reader's Digest and the big headline on the fromt "Eat This, Lose Weight; The New Science of Dieting" with a picture of a smiling piece of bacon and eggs. They also quote Taubes throughout.

Upon quick glance through (haven't yet had a chance to read through) they had five major points they were trying to get across

  1. Don't try to limit fat
  2. Say goodbye to pasta, bread, and rice
  3. Be picky about vegetables (avoid starch heavy)
  4. Say no to hidden sugars- though here they says you can keep diet soda so they may still be promoting sugar substitutes
  5. Eat as much as you want (when it comes to protein and fat)

They appeared to be encouraging high-fat, low-carb, low-starch, etc. They are also promoting the use of full fat dairy, butter, heavy cream.

I thought it was interesting to see in a mainstream publication. Curious if anyone else happened to check out the article and had any initial thoughts or opinions. Waiting room patients everywhere are going to be stealing the magazine to study up.

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on February 04, 2011
at 08:29 AM

And in the same Feb 2011 Reader's Digest, Gary Taubes is interviewed about his new book "Why we get fat, and what to do about it" http://www.rd.com/health/the-myths-of-losing-weight/ Slowly but surely low carb is creeping into the conciousness of some of the press...but it is not happening near fast enough. And here are thoughts on the interview. http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/b/2011/01/08/readers-digest-features-low-carb-article-with-gary-taubes.htm

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on February 04, 2011
at 05:39 AM

The food list is for people in general. The atkins one is for people trying to lose weight. And while I also do not agree with grains being healthy, it actually could be entirely possible to have foods on a healthy list that would still not be allowed on a weight loss diet, and both being right.

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on February 04, 2011
at 03:02 AM

I agree. I've gotten a chance to actually sit down and read through the publication and totally agree. Not to mention the link you posted to the 5 keys has what will be a GREAT bashing of the advice because it's lacking the back-up for the claims.

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Oooo it just refreshed showing the link sherpamelissa posted. Thanks, sherpamelissa!

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:55 AM

I was just on the Reader's Digest site searching for this article when I found was this, condensed from December 2010, "The Dangers of a Gluten-Free Diet", so apparently RD doesn't completely get it yet: http://www.rd.com/health/the-dangers-of-a-gluten-free-diet/ But curious to see the paper copy of the article you describe! Do you happen to have a link?

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:53 AM

http://www.rd.com/health/how-to-limit-your-carbs-and-lose-weight/

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:47 AM

This is the type of answer I was looking for in my post Mainstream Paleo-ish. I knew I was seeing more paleo type advice popping up

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:55 AM

It's nice to see something like this in a mainstream publication, but when the same issue also has an article called "30 Healthiest Foods" and #1 is quinoa and #2 is bulger that is EXTREMELY CONFUSING to people that won't do their own research. They have too much conflicting information and are overwhelmed, so they just choose to change nothing.

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on February 04, 2011
at 03:02 AM

I agree. I've gotten a chance to actually sit down and read through the publication and totally agree. Not to mention the link you posted to the 5 keys has what will be a GREAT bashing of the advice because it's lacking the back-up for the claims.

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on February 04, 2011
at 05:39 AM

The food list is for people in general. The atkins one is for people trying to lose weight. And while I also do not agree with grains being healthy, it actually could be entirely possible to have foods on a healthy list that would still not be allowed on a weight loss diet, and both being right.

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on February 04, 2011
at 03:12 PM

I think Readers Digest presents articles with differing viewpoints because they don't exist to promote any particular agenda. They simply offer brief over-view articles covering differing topics specifically written to attract readers. It's helpful to promote awareness of varied topics, but up to the reader to do further investigative reading to determine the validity of the article as it relates to them.

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Yes. It was an article to promote " New Atkins for a New You. ". Any coverage helps get the word out.

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on February 04, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Whoa!!! Wonderful news!!!!!

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