|YamYol :D - The perfect diet food *rofl* ➲ "delicious" gluten-laden Seitan Sausages are apparently still healthier than pizza, burgers and fries.|
The actual diet looked more like "Vegan Paleo" w/ tons of soy & gluten
Vegan paleo with two deadly sins: Soy and (even worse) gluten protein! While only one-third of the 20 overweight participants (ntotal = 40) who had originally been randomized to the active arm of the study actually consumed the prescribed amount of soy and gluten protein, the mere fact that they still made up the lions share of the diet will probably have one or the other conservative paleo worshiper shake his heads about the results.
Results that confirm, once again, that the keys to weight loss success are a significant, but not exorbitant energy deficit (here -24%) and the removal of 90% of the processed junk 99% of the average Joes and Janes call "food" (shocking truth: More ~25% of the male adolescents consume Pizza everyday, see figure in recent Article from The Atlantic)
|Figure 2: Rel. changes (% of baseline) in anthropometric and metabolic parameters (Jenkins. 2014)|
With a reported ~40% vs. 54% carbohydrate intake (see Figure 3)and an adherence to the diet protocol that was <30% even in those 10 out of 20 subjects who were initially randomized to the "Eco Atkins" group, it's of paramount importance to mind the exact wording, here. The "reduced carbohydrate diet", the subjects consumed had after the macronutrient composition of a "Vegan paleo" (another oxymoron, by the way) diet - not that of an "Eco Atkins" (or more appropriately "vegan Atkins") diet the scientists actually wanted to investigate.
"We conclude that a weight loss diet which reduced carbohydrate in exchange for increased intakes of vegetable sources of protein, such as gluten, soy and nuts, together with vegetable oils offers an opportunity to improve both LDL-C and body weight, both being risk factors for CHD.
Figure 3: De facto dietary composition in the two groups (Jenkins. 2014)
Further trials are warranted to evaluate low-carbohydrate diets, including more plant-based lowcarbohydrate diets, on CHD risk factors and ultimately on CHD." (Jenkins. 2014)
- Jenkins, David JA, et al. "Effect of a 6-month vegan low-carbohydrate (‘Eco-Atkins’) diet on cardiovascular risk factors and body weight in hyperlipidaemic adults: a randomised controlled trial." BMJ Open 4.2 (2014): e003505.