What Eats You? The Quantified Diet Project

Mediterranean DietYou may have heard the phrase “you are what you eat”. Well that is true – except, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Too many people have turned to dieting in their quest to lose weight, only to found out what they lost was patience; but, that is not to say that diet doesn’t help. I mentioned in this post that what worked for others, might not work for you, and the same applies to diet. For example, Tony Stubblebine, founder and CEO of Lift, has tried six different diets as of the 2nd of January, and found out only one diet provided him with significant and lasting weight loss: less sugar.

Still, trying out all the different diets out there all by yourself might be a stretch. Fortunately, you are not alone in this quest. Lift, in collaboration with University of California, Berkeley, has started a massive, app-based study aiming to collect data on the effectiveness of 10 popular diets in weight loss and health improvement, and these diets include Paleo, gluten-free, and Slow-Carb. This research differs from other survey-based study in that it has a more robust and rigorous design, where you get a group going through randomized trials and a control group, so that you can compare the data between the 10 diets AND the two groups. This should lead to a more scientifically valid result, and more likely to let people find out which diet is working for them without having to go through the hassle of trying out each and every diets out there.

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