When the CEO of Weight Watchers admits that their points system was flawed and the company revamped their points system to favor things like foods high in protein and fiber, it's just one more confirmation for someone like me that a real foods diet is the way to go.
Once upon a time, humans instinctively reached for nutrient dense, unprocessed foods. Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity were practically unheard of. The introduction of sugar, food giants, and finally the removal of important fats in our diets have led to a sick and broken western world. Thanks to our reductionist way of thinking, we do recognize our nutritional deficiencies, but instead of recommending whole, real foods, we fortify our highly processed breads and cereals with fiber and vitamins and call them heart healthy.
The first fad diets started popping up in the 19th century, although they were usually only available to the rich and famous, as they were built into spa and sanatorium stays. In the early 20th century, fad diets became much more popular, and in the 60s a pre-Atkins low carb diet (also the Drinking Man's diet) made its sad debut consisting of meats, cheese, and alcohol. Needless to say, the diet failed.
Dozens of fad diets are attracting millions of adults and children nowadays. And many of them appear to work... just as long as you stayed on them. But these fad diets have a tendency to deprive you of important nutrients or calories, so they are not sustainable, hence the yo-you effect once you quit.
The word diet has become an ugly word. It causes anxiety among most of us. When we say, "I'm on a diet", we usually mean we're in a miserable state in an effort to get the perfect body. There is a beginning and an end to these diets, and maintenance becomes an impossible task.
That's why I am so adamant about a real food diet. Eating real foods, proteins, fats, and carbs (as vegetables and fruits) are sustainable. You can eat like this for the rest of your life. That is not to say that you can't have a treat now and then. Your body can deal with these treats. What it can't deal with over a long period of time is a low fat, high carb, sugar laden, processed food diet.