The more I read about weight, be it the writings of bariatric experts, the fat acceptance blogosphere, weight loss "champions", weight loss maintainers, weight loss/gain strugglers, nutritionists, doctors, low carbers, intuitive eaters...the more I realize that there is absolutely no single answer to the conundrum of weight.
Personally, I have not found the holy grail of weight loss. I have, on the other hand, stabilized my weight at a level which is higher than 20 years ago and somewhat lower than five years ago. My weight varies within a five-pound range. Through trial and error (tempered by the inability to try out certain approaches due to physical limitations), I think that I have a fairly good idea of how my body functions and what I can and cannot ask of myself on both a physical and a psychological level.
The most important word in the above paragraph is "my", as in: my body. I no longer presume to tell anyone what's good or bad for them or what really works as opposed to what doesn't. I know only one thing: there are no cut and dry answers.
It is within this spirit that I recommend you read the following article: Don't Blame Obesity on Carbohydrates, by nutritionist Andy Bellatti on his blog, Small Bites. If you have the time and energy, read the comments too. Not everyone agrees with what he says.
The title of the blog post puts Bellatti squarely at odds with the low carb camp of Gary Taubes and company. Personally, I found the article interesting and I admit that it fits with my particular philosophy, namely that we cannot blame someone's weight on one single reason. As an intuitive eater, I also appreciate that Bellatti stresses healthy foods from all categories rather than demonizing a whole slew of foods including oatmeal, potatoes and strawberries (but NOT including mass-produced sweets made with refined flour or sugar-laden soft drinks, for instance).
I am not presenting this article as a "told ya so". Rather, I think it is an interesting starting point for discussion. I know of successful low carbers as well as people who have found this approach totally untenable in the long term. Once again, the bottom line is that there is no single right answer for everyone.
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