My advice for those obese/overweight folks who want to lose weight in 2012, but have not dieted yet:
GO BUILD A TON OF MUSCLE FIRST. Then go on your healthful weight loss plan.
Seriously, after all these years of experimenting, reading, trying, losing, the single best advice I can give a person who is about to embark on a plan is...spend 2 to 4 months building as much muscle as you can. Eat good protein and work out with weights. Get muscle. Lots of it.
Cause when you go on a caloric deficit diet, you're gonna burn away muscle. If you're one of the metabolically challenged, you're gonna burn a helluva lot of muscle.
So, start first with a good muscle architecture to support that loss. And you'll just plain look better when you do lose weight. :)
Now, the link: I love Evelyn of Carb Sane Asyum. She's a smart, scientifically-minded cookie who critiques the science behind claims. I like gadflies. They keep us from becoming blind-ideologues to dieting ideas. Her critiques focus mostly on the very low carb side of things, and it's valuable to have the dissenting perspective, especially from someone who did VLCarb to lose weight. She's worth reading, whether you are for, against, or indifferent to low-carbing. I"m a moderate carber (avoid most starch, eat fruits and veggies), and I know the value of it FOR ME. And I think it's valuable for diabetic/I.R. folks. But I think her blog post today is a bit of a remedy for any sort of blind allegiance to a program.
Bodies are different. Some are metabolically charged to be lean, others to store fat. Some are ill, some are vibrantly healthy. Some handle starches well, some don't. I firmly believe in finding what works for YOU and your life and your medical conditons (or lack thereof).
My husband thrives on less starch, lots more protein. He can eat all day and his setpoint keeps him lean now. Before, with lots of starch and sugars, he got fat. He doesn't have to count calories (like moi) now. He can eat galore and stay in a 3 lb range. His setpoint is a lean one now. :)
Me, I'm different.
If you're gluten sensitive, stay the hell away from gluten, but find what works in terms of food ratios. Maybe you can eat a bucketful of potatoes and be lean and fit. Maybe not.
If you're vegan, and that makes you feel great, power to you. Do it.
If you want to do very low carb and that works for your body and health, do it. And keep abreast of what might happen later on.
Cause, what works now, may not work later. Bodies change as we age.
Know thyself. Know thyself and...be adaptable to changes.
And be well....