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Apr 17, 2021 09:12PM
Apr 17, 2021 09:14PM
I had considering doing WW online (I'm actually a "lifetime member," having first hit goal in 1970) until someone here mentioned that oil costs points. While it is commendable that fiber subtracts points, insisting on non-or-low-fat is obsolete nutritional science. Per current medical nutrition advice, points ought to penalize sugars and simple starches--which have been proven to cause insulin to spike and promote fat storage rather than fat burning and glycogen storage. Some oils--such as olive, peanut, and avocado--are beneficial because they are monounsaturated, containing omega-3 fatty acids. (Polyunsaturated seed oils such as corn, sunflower, safflower, canola and grapeseed are high in omega-6 fatty acids that promote release of inflammatory cytokines and cortisol--the latter of which can actually spike insulin as much as can simple carbs). Fats of all kinds--even saturated--can blunt the glycemic load from simple carbs. (You're better off eating your bread with butter or olive oil than plain). Diets that demonize fats across the board while promoting grains & white potatoes and ignoring sugar are all the product of the grain--especially corn--lobby.
The Weight Management clinic of NorthShore Health System (part of the Cardiology Dept. at Skokie Hospital) uses one of four diet plans, all low-carb: keto meal-replacement bars & shakes; pure keto; low-carb near-keto; low-simple-carb (no added sugar but up to one serving of a whole-grain or dairy product per day) for its weight loss phase; and its maintenance plan is a low-starch no-sugar version of the Mediterranean diet, with an emphasis on fish, leaner meats and occasionally legumes as protein sources. All plans strongly suggest that 2/3 of every meal plate should be a non-starchy, non-sugary vegetable. No fruits except berries, cantaloupe, honeydew (the melons should not be too ripe) and occasionally citrus. No pomes, drupes, or tropical fruits--and no dried fruits other than unsweetened freeze-dried berries.
WW never did fully shed its Jean Nidetch roots (the original diet she promoted prohibited ANY added fats or ANY starches other than 2 required slices a day of cheap plain white bread; it mandated 4-oz. lunch and 6-oz.dinner portions of animal protein, requiring one liver meal and five fish meals a week and counting salmon as "red meat," which had to be eaten no more nor less than 3 servings per week. Pork in any form was forbidden. It limited eggs to 4 per week and required 3 fruits--but no bananas, cherries or grapes and only one serving of apple or pear--a day, as well as 2 servings of instant powdered skim milk per day. Blecch. There were unlimited ("#3," aka "free") and limited ("#4") vegetables, one serving the latter of which (no more, no less) was mandated daily. (Tomatoes, carrots, peas, green beans other than canned French-cut, winter squash, okra were among the #4s).
In 1972 it cut back protein portion sizes, allowed liquid skim milk and actually required 1 Tbsp. of oil or margarine per day. Whole grains (including unsweetened cereal) and even potatoes (plain) were added, and eventually--based on gender--allowed up to 6 servings per day. (Jenny Craig & NutraSystem copied that, using the term "exchanges" borrowed from diabetic diets--and on JC, men could have up to 10 grain exchanges a day). In the 1990s after Weight Watchers enlisted celebrity spokespersons like Oprah, Lynn Redgrave & Sarah Ferguson, it switched to the "points" system similar to today's (i.e., fiber good, fat bad). I recall that at one time when I was on it in the early "aughts" it even assigned point values to various Krispy Kreme & Dunkin' donuts and sweetened yogurts. There were so many calculations--including cheat points--that it became more trouble than it was worth.
Any diet that demonizes fat, looks the other way on carbs (other than green & red veggies), and still uses the tired (and since disproven) simple "calories in vs. calories out" trope is simply no longer sound science.
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