Great new podcast about controversial diet multi-level marketing scheme

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“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."


So this was an update of the 1980’s F-Plan diet?

“The disadvantages include excessive flatulence.”

So it’s got that going for it. This was covered in an episode of the BBC’s Supersizers show focussing on the 1980’s with Sue Perkins and Giles Coren.


um wut :thinking:

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Fiber is cellulose, which our bodies lacks enzymes or other metabolic pathways to digest, so it just passes through us undigested, and therefore has no calories, just bulk roughage.


complaints about the F-Factor diet—and its line of bars and powders

Just as Starbucks isn’t a coffee company but a real estate venture, this isn’t a diet programme but rather a way to sell packaged foods.

There’s no “one secret trick” to losing weight that can be sold via bars and powders. In most cases, it just comes down to creating a small deficit in daily calorie intake and sticking with it in order to lose 1-2 pounds a week (any more is unsafe). There are now several free and reputable apps to help one determine what that deficit should be and to track the caloric content of specific foods.

You can change things up in the details, but moderation in all things is probably the best approach rather than going all-in on fibre or protein or what have you.


High fiber is another scam foisted upon idiotic Americans, which came hand in hand with its other scammy counterpart low fat, as part of big industrial agri business’ push to create new markets, and new highly processed value added products for these markets, back in the 70s and 80s. The negative health consequences and completely screwed up, woo besotted food culture still being felt today.

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Pretty amazing how many variations on the Atkins Diet people have been able to cook up, so to speak.


Curious. The surname Zuckerbrot comes from German and translates literally to sugar bread.

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Although we don’t get calories from fiber, it is a prebiotic meaning it is food for beneficial gut biomes. And it extends the glycemic curve reducing sugar rush. Most people who don’t focus on fiber would be more healthy with more. But as with any scientific reductionism, those who focus only on fiber probably do it wrong.

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