13 Weeks: Frobbing the Knobs


Okay, look, the first thing is I owe you folks an apology: with the new day job and holidays and a half-dozen other ordinary-life crises, I've just not gotten columns done. I'm sorry.

The most important thing I think I've learned in the last year has been just how complicated the whole issue of body weight and glucose regulation can be. Here's just a selection of diets that have had reports of dramatic weight loss and health effects:

  • Low Carbohydrate Diets

    • High Fat

      • Atkins
      • South Beach

    • Low Fat

      • Stillman's Quick Weight Loss Diet

  • Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load diets
  • Low Fat, High Carb diets

    • Ornish Eat More, Weigh Less
    • The Okinawa Diet

  • Balanced, Calorie Restricted diets

    • Diabetic "Exchange" Diets
    • Weight Watchers

  • Radical Calorie Restriction

    • Scarsdale Diet
    • Duke Rice Diet
    • Protein-Sparing Fasts

  • Intermittent Fasting

    • Fasting 2 days a week
    • Sixteen hour fasts every day.

  • Eating more often

    • Body For Life
    • "Grazing"

  • Dietary Restrictions

    • Eliminating wheat or grain
    • Paleo
    • Vegetarian

      • Ovo-Lacto
      • "Pescatarian"
      • Macrobiotic
      • "Never Eat Anything With a Face"

    • Vegan
    • "Fruitarian"