Alan Aragon’s Research Review (AARR) is a online newsletter where authors try to critically analyze the most current nutrition, training, and supplementation research. Today, I read AARR for the very first time. The reason was that Aragon published a write-up by Klein entitled “Mass balance model explains weight loss advantage of the low-carbohydrate diet: paradigm shift or exercise in adding epicycles?”. We usually don’t response to MBM-related claims made in lay publications or social media. However, this is an exception.
Firstly, there is wrong link to our paper in question. Secondly, it must be clear that Klein had not read our paper(s) cafefully. Alternatively, he don’t understand what he have just read. In fact, there so are many incorrect statements in the Klein article that I will address only the most serious errors. For example, it must be clear as Finlandia Vodka that Klein has not read our SUPPLEMENTARY FILE 1. Regarding the well-know Hall study, we have ability to perform our own calculations (see also this paper), so we don’t need to take absolutely anything at face value. The conclusion of that Hall paper is misleading, as their energy balance model is clearly incorrect.
Klein states that his has no intention to debate mass balance model (MBM), so it remains a mystery what was the purpose of that write-up. Simply do dismiss this author and/or MBM? If I exclude the Klein article, I found this newsletter quite interesting and useful.
Klein DJ. Mass balance model explains weight loss advantage of the low-carbohydrate diet: paradigm shift or exercise in adding epicycles? AARR, Jan 2021.