Chances are, if you passed by a newspaper stand over the last couple of days or perused the news on TV or online, you may have seen headlines like this:
‘Cut down on meat to lose weight’
‘Meat causes weight gain’
‘Sorry Dr Atkins, eating less meat is the way to lose weight…’ (classic Daily Fail…)
And there is CrossFit London promoting a Paleo/Zone diet rich in meat and saying that it will improve your body composition…
Are we wrong?
Dr John Briffa has posted a fairly detailed rebuttal of this research on his blog this morning which I highly suggest you go and read. In short, the study has a number of holes, some more glaring than others. From Dr Briffa:
You are at liberty, of course, to make of this study what you will. I’ll tell you what I make of it though: it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. Actually, worse than that, it appears to be wholly misleading.
His post is worth reading on two counts:
- It provides a credible view on the science used (misused?) for this research
- It encourages a useful form of critical thinking and analysis which can (should?) be used to evaluate all research with