(I used a way more informal version but the spirit of the exercise was the same.)
You've had success with it? What did you do to make it informal?
I used his Palm Pilot app which tells you how long ago I first tried it.
It's kept at my target weight (barring a couple of brief lapses of willpower... I'm a bit tubby at the moment!) for most of the last decade. :)
The result is you open the freeze a few times, wishing there was ice cream. When there's only frozen chicken, you close the freezer, drink some water, pace around, then get back to whatever you were previously doing.
Joke aside, you can only do that if you are alone. I agree in principle, but in a family setting you need to find other changes to routine that result in less food being eaten by you.
A.I could potentially suggest restaurant orders, grocery lists, and recipes. If I had confidence that the system had my best interets "at heart" and it had enough expert knowledge built in I'd probably let it make 95% of my diet choices and count myself lucky to make one less type of decision while improving my health.
Its a terrible user experience.
My idea isn't ready yet, but I'm furiously working on the MVP.
I'm not just saying this as some rando internet know-it-all, I lost half my body weight calorie counting.
You'll get a lot of different opinions.
Except anyone with a glucose meter...?
The fact the author, a cardiologist, was surprised that oatmeal spiked his glucose is concerning to say the least, and certainly speaks to the eduction doctors get on nutrition.
I'd highly recommend self experimenting for a week or two, to establish 1. Fasted glucose 2. Fed glucose on your normal meals.
This is big in the keto space, with a lot of data being collected and shared, but apparently beyond the scope of the Times.
The meter I, and most people use: https://www.amazon.com/Precision-Glucose-Monitoring-Freestyl...
On one hand you'll get your DNA sampled and an "AI" to tell you what to eat, on the other hand we spend 10+ hours a day sitting, live in heavily polluted cities (light, noise, air), don't do anywhere close to enough physical activity. If you eat what's considered a healthy diet  these things will impact your life quality much more.
What people need is self control and education, we use food as a source of pleasure instead of seeing it as fuel (this could be a symptoms of an unhealthy lifestyle in general, but that's another topic). People eat 3 times a days + regular snack even if they are not hungry. We lost our ability to listen to our bodies, but luckily it's not very hard to learn it back.
No one needs an AI to know that a bottle of coke a day, a bag of m&m's or a 500g cup of non dairy, gluten free, #FeelGood, #BodyPositity cup of ben& jerry's a has a net negative impact on your body.
The whole system is fucked from top to bottom, look at supermarkets, half of the aisles are full of colorful, family sized bags of candies, chocolate, ice creams, frozen junk and sodas with cute little mascots to attract kids. Society lost its way so bad that we now celebrate obesity and ill health. The obesity epidemic is an insult to humanity.
Sure, a tiny minority of people have very specific needs due to rare diseases that could benefits from these kind of studies. But for the rest of us avoiding processed food and not over eating is more than enough. If you gain a kilo every 3 months and have a sugar rush after every meal your brain is more than capable to know what's happening, it's a matter of taking personal responsibilities and facing your problems.
> specific food recommendations in order to avoid glucose spikes
Healthy people (aka the vast majority people) don't need any "AI" or "machine learning" for that, just basic nutrition education and a pair of eyes to look at the nutritional facts of the products they're about to buy.
There is a step after which the returns are greatly diminished, and for the vast majority of people that step is way closer to "pay attention and educate yourself" than "do what this AI tells you to".
> Using machine learning, a subtype of artificial intelligence, ... . In that way, an algorithm was built without the biases of the scientists.
I'd like to know how they determine that. "AI" and "machine learning" aren't unbiased by nature: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2166207-discriminating-...
"We are endowed by Nature with an interest in our own well-being; but this very interest, when overindulged, becomes a vice. Nature has intermingled pleasure with necessary things – not in order that we should seek pleasure, but in order that the addition of pleasure may make the indispensable means of existence attractive to our eyes." - Seneca
 we all know what a healthy meal is, let's not pretend it's a secret, eating healthy doesn't mean hitting all your blood test metrics with a nanomole precision.
If you walk into a supermarket, ignore the processed food, and essentially eat as much as you want of everything else, you'll be mostly alright.
Theoretically someone could gorge themselves on a million avocados or solely eat pork fat or something but they're not going to do that.
Almost all of this stuff comes about because people treat non-food as food.
If you need a source to tell you that eating bullshit food is a problem, I suggest you re-read the parent post again.
You're letting some sort of pursuit of perfection blind you to obvious facts in front of your face.
Don't underestimate the effects of addiction, spurred on by gut bacteria manipulating your cravings. It is much less a matter of knowledge and will power than you think, it is very difficult to defeat your own brain.
Yes, reduce your calories and you will lose weight. But that is missing a vital part of the causality chain. A nuked gut biome, thanks to your overworked and underpaid parents feeding you microwaved carbs in sugar sauce every night, is very hard to overcome. As is decades of government propaganda telling you to eat the exact opposite of what you should be.
But starting the wheel and wanting to better yourself is the first step and this one is purely a personal one, we now have the tools and the knowledge to fix these issues, what we lack is the will. Taking care of the fact that society screams "C O N S U M E" at every opportunity is another issue that should be tackled.
We're in the so called 'information age", we have more knowledge at our finger tips than the elite thinkers and scientists had in the last millenniums, yet people never ate so bad in recent history. I'd take my great grandparents deficiency in some vitamins over obesity or t2 diabetes any day.
Natural selection and evolution doesn't just happen at the biological level, it also happens on the informational and decision making level. If you're not optimising all your life decisions, you cede to someone who does.
You're assuming that such optimization is done with a good fitness function. If the quality of the fitness measurement is poor, it doesn't matter how hard you try to micro-optimize, you'll be no better off than someone who merely puts some care.
I can understand that absolute values aren't very meaningful, as they're probably missing a lot of necessary context. BMI is one metric that doesn't paint a clear picture on its own -- but no doctor would ever rely solely on it.
I can't understand dismissing most of medical science. Can you expand on that part of your statement?
God forbid it ever mention "keto"
But if you are interested in testing yourself, get this:
You extract a pin drop of blood and it shows your glucose in a few seconds.