People didn't have calorie counters back in our evolutionary past, but they had other external forces limiting their food intake and/or forcing them to get more exercise. They had to walk for ages to forage, or run to hunt. They couldn't just fill a shopping trolley at the supermarket with excess calories. Every meal had to be earned through hard work and often they had to do without. So saying that something will keep your weight down because it worked for ancient tribes is ignoring a hell of a lot of variables in lifestyle.
Different eating plans suit different people. There is a lot of propaganda against low carb diets, and a lot of that comes from other competing diet plans. Similarly there is a lot of propaganda against low fat, and that often comes from individuals or groups who have a vested interest in low carb. For most diets if you examine how they work you will find that for most people they are perfectly healthy
. If taken to extremes, or without adequate research, you'll run into problems. But when you hear any press condemning one diet or another it's usually written by someone who hasn't researched the subject thoroughly and/or has personal reasons to discredit a competing weight loss plan. I used to be vehemently anti low-carb until I found out that the Atkins diet is nothing like how people perceive it to be in the media. It's not endless steaks smothered in cheese. Vegetables are re-introduced during the plan, they're just not the starchy vegetables that we are used to. If you want to condemn a weight loss plan read the literature first. Don't just condemn it because you don't want
it to work.
The thing to remember is that you're never going to get a commercial diet program saying "Pick us because we're just as good as the next one". It doesn't do them any favours to admit that any other diet plan works. That's why you'll always hear them touting that their way is the best
way to lose weight and the only
way to keep the weight off. And yes, that includes the 'everything in moderation' camp. Because seriously, how many Tim Tams do you think our caveman ancestors ate 'in moderation'? (Here is a link to an excellent blog rant about the Everything in Moderation mantra.
Even lap band surgery can be a good solution for some people. It's certainly not the best solution for everyone and I would never recommend it as such. But for some people it's their last chance to avoid an early death. And it's up to qualified medical staff to make that assessment; not a bunch of strangers on an internet forum who all seem to have their own dog in the fight of 'the best and only way to lose weight is my