Why is this article so controversial? No it’s not about scandal princess Miley Cyrus or Lief Garrett getting yet another heroin possession charge. It’s not about Lady Gaga’s new outlandish outfit or who the next up-and-coming Dancing of the Stars winner will be.
It’s actually about something that is gaining a lot of attention in our society today- weight loss. My article, Eat One Meal a Day And Lose Weight: Does it Really Work? was published in July of 2008 and garners more views than nearly any of my 1,000+ article library here on Associated Content.
In this article, I talk about eating one meal a day as a method of weight loss. I present facts and ideas to get one thinking about whether or not this is the proper choice for them. In one comment, I give my personal opinion: “I think some people’s metabolisms won’t work well with only one meal a day. For example, someone with only 10-15 pounds to lose may not find this successful where someone with more weight to lose (50+) may find it useful. It really does vary from person to person, however.”
Yet this article, more than anything else I have written on, has incited some interesting flame wars, including personal messages to me of violent and threatening nature. (Seriously, I could potentially disagree with your weight loss method so I should “rot in a fiery, burning hell of torturous wrath”?)
But what is of most interest here are the comments. Most are indicative of the fact that the commenter did not actually read the article. This is a phenomenon that I write about in this article.
Here are some of my favorites:
• “In the old days in history people were always skinny because most of them only ate once a day. Come on can you see the people in the past saying I will eat 5 times a day. Lets get real.”
• “If the author cannot internalize the simple point: correlation does not imply causation and correlational studies are useless for drawing conclusions (they’re useful for making testable hypotheses), perhaps the author should refrain from writing science-y sounding stuff permanently.”
• “Umwellhonestly,thatistotalBSupthere,becauseIvebeeneatingonemealonceaday,andIvebeenlosing1lbperday.Iamknow5414yrsold,andweigh164lbsatthemoment.Itreallydoeswork.” (He’s 5,414 years old and doesn’t know how to use space bar?)
• “this article is nothing but broscience and nutrition mythology”
Then there were some comments that had good intentions but clearly missed the point of the article. For example (find the comments along with my personal commentary):
• “and there is absolutely NO slowdown of your metabolism when you fast for only 24 hrs” – but the article is not talking about fasting for only 24 hours; it’s about eating one meal a day to lose weight (indicating that the subject first needs to lose weight and second, that they only eat once per day.)
• “vitamins are stored, many of them for about 5 years, so you are not going to miss out if you go without for 24 hours.” – Again, not relevant to the article.
• “Doctors don’t take nutrition classes and really will just repete anything any organization with nice glossy brocures will tell them.” – Should I even bother to say anything about this one?
• “You don’t see obese Africans or Samolians, do you?” – Um, actually you do but way to be racist there, buddy!
• “The best answers to get on successful dieting, aren’t from obese people, because they obviously haven’t achieved weight loss, nor doctors – the best people to ask is people like me; the achievers.” – This poster gave their opinion, which they are entitled to, of course. Still, it isn’t relative in the sense that I am not obese (or overweight) nor am I a doctor so what did any of that have to do with my article?
• “P.S I didn’t exercise once during that year of dieting because of an on-going leg injury, and still don’t to this day (although I do feel energetic now I’ve lost the weight).” – Oh, so you were a fat, lazy person and now you’re a thin lazy person? Congrats! Now go take a walk; your heart will thank you.
• “…Also, you go on about “health risks”, etc, yet being obese/morbidly obese serves more risks. If an overweight person is willing to lose the weight, health isn’t an issue, losing the pounds is, in their eyes (speaking from experience).” – A person that morbidly obese is an unhealthy individual- physically and emotionally. What place are they in to determine what is best for them?
• “PS . Have you ever saw an Ethiopian fat. They never eat 5 times a day. Sometimes they don’t even eat once a day. I rest my case”- The comment about Ethiopia is also biased and irrelevant to the case. While they suffered a series of deadly famines in the 80s, Ethiopia is actually recovering very quickly and has the biggest economy in East Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. They are actually seeing a rise in obesity-related illness and death. Particularly the upper-class society who often gorge on food, alcohol and tobacco. (Here’s another article idea…yay!)
In the long run, the main point is that one method doesn’t work for everyone. The article states this, my comments repeatedly state it and yet supporters of this one-meal-a-day diet plan seem to think I’m out to get them. I never stated it doesn’t work; simply that it doesn’t work for everyone and that it may come with risks to some users. But don’t tell this to the former-fatties who swear by the method. They are some of the edgiest, hot-headed people I’ve ever encountered on the Internet.
Someone should send them a cheeseburger; perhaps their mood will improve…
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