Why low fat diet?
“ Why do you recommend a low-fat diet? ” is this week’s Ask Roger Question. This is a question that I am frequently asked and it happened again this morning at the gym.
Actually, I rarely use the term low-fat. I talk about plant-based lifestyle and evidence-based nutrition. But, the question I am frequently asked is about low-fat.
The media and many popular fad diets will sell you on the notion that the low-fat diet is old news. Years ago when there was a low-fat marketing craze the store shelves were filled with low-fat junk foods. And, guess what? People gained weight. It’s amazing how many calories of no fat ice cream one can consume.
That’s not at all in line with what I talk about. The information that I share is the evidence that a whole food plant-based lifestyle is the healthiest way for people to live. Plant based foods are naturally low in fat, they do have the “healthy” fats that you need and they are complete proteins. As long as you are consuming your required daily calories, you will get all the protein you need from whole grains, vegetables and fruit.
What the nutritional experts say
I’m not a dietician or a nutritionist. I’ve studied nutrition for the past 20 years and I have nutrition certifications. I rely on the compelling evidence from the past 100 years that support low-fat plant-based nutrition.
In 2013, Kaiser Permanente recommended to its 15,000 affiliated doctors to recommend a plant-based diet to ALL patients, “especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”
The research for a plant-based lifestyle is persuasive. Dr. Nathan Pritikin, Dr. John McDougall, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Garth Davis, Dr. Dean Ornish, T. Colin Campbell, Jeff Novick and many more leading health and nutrition experts espouse the virtues of a low-fat plant-based diet.
Recently I came across an excellent post from Plant-based Health Australia.” It’s one of the many excellent resources that are available to you to learn the truth about healthy nutrition. They recently had a post, “Why do we recommend a low-fat diet?” In their post, they listed 15 reasons. I am going to mention only six of them. I urge you to read their full post.
The evidence for a low-fat diet is compelling
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There are so many reasons why I recommend a plant-based lifestyle and these six are just a few. I have taught day long plant-based classes so I could talk more about this for hours. You can anticipate more “Ask Roger” posts on plant-based nutrition in the future. In the meantime, please type “plant based” in the search box here at Hypnosis Health Info. You will find posts dating back to 2007 that are all about the weight loss and health benefits of plant-based food.
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Why do we recommend a low-fat diet?
The following are 6 of the 15 reasons that Plant Based Health Australia recommends a low-fat diet:
- All lean healthy populations that were free of heart disease and other Western diseases have had diets based on low-fat starchy staple foods such as rice, wheat, beans, corn and potatoes.
- While modest quantities of olive oil were used by some Mediterranean cultures, their overall diet was largely based on grains and legumes, leaving us with no observations of the health effects of a diet based on high-fat plant foods.
- The randomized controlled trials and intervention programs that have had the most remarkable results in treating heart disease (Pritikin, Ornish, Esselstyn), diabetes (Barnard) and other Western diseases have all used low-fat, high-carbohydrate, plant-based diets.
- The plant-based nutrition experts with the most knowledge and experience, with few exceptions, advocate a diet based on whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits – i.e. the low-fat plant foods.
- A low-fat, whole foods, plant-based diet reduces body fat without food rationing. Starchy plant foods generally have a lower calorie density than high-fat plants and the metabolic process of converting excess carbohydrate to body fat is inefficient.
- High intakes of dietary fat, particularly saturated fat, leads to fat accumulation in the muscle cells and liver cells, resulting in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
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