Low carb beats low fatHave you read or heard the recent report that a low carb diet may beat a low fat diet? Seriously?! What are they thinking?! As Dr. Dean Ornish points out, “this study did not distinguish between the types of carbs and fats. Patients in the “low-fat” group of the study increased their consumption of “bad carbs” (sugar and refined carbohydrates) during the study.” And, as Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) noted, “The study’s biggest downfall is its definition of a “low-fat” diet as one in which no more than 30 percent of calories consumed daily come from fat — with no more than seven percent of calories from saturated fat. Only in America could this way of eating be considered low-fat.”

Low-Carb Beats ‘Low-Fat’?
Take a Closer Look

HyffPost Healthy Living, Neal Barnard, M.D., September 3, 2014: On the other hand, a true low-fat diet — one composed entirely of high-fiber, plant-based foods — has demonstrated health benefits far beyond what either group in this study was able to achieve. These diets have been clinically proven time and again to boost metabolism, lower blood pressure, and stabilize blood sugar, among other positive effects.

For example, in 2005, the Physicians Committee compared a low-fat, vegan diet to a control diet based on National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines — the very same guidelines used for the supposedly “low-fat” group in the Tulane study. In both studies participants were given no calorie limits and were asked not to change their exercise routines. My colleagues and I found that compared with the control group, those on a truly low-fat diet lost considerably more weight.

Another important difference between these studies — and a second flaw of the latest one — is that our study participants on the low-fat diet considerably increased the amount of dietary fiber they consumed over the course of the trial. A significant body of evidence also supports the notion that fiber — found only in plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains — plays a key role not only in weight loss but also in the prevention of a range of chronic diseases, from cancer to heart disease. Those following a “low-fat” diet in the Tulane study consumed very little fiber, which also helps to explain why they didn’t lose more weight or further decrease their heart disease risk.

We also know that weight loss and other health benefits almost always occur when research participants are counseled on nutrition and healthful eating, regardless of what diet they are supposed to be following. In the low-carb/low-fat study, both groups significantly reduced their waist circumference (with no major difference between the groups), which in some cases can be a better marker of overall health and disease risk than weight loss alone or even BMI.

Finally, both the “low-fat” and low-carb groups in the Tulane study actually reduced their fat intake, so this refutes the popular claim that eating more fat leads to weight loss.

The take-home message? Don’t be fooled by the promises of riding your way to good health and a slim figure on a river of ice cream and butter. Stick with what scientists have known for decades: A low-fat, plant-based diet is decidedly best for our health.

Read Low-Carb Beats ‘Low-Fat’? Take a Closer Look

Read Embracing Fat for a Healthy Heart Is a Notion Based on Flawed Science, by  Dr. Dean Ornish

Read Cutting Back On Carbs,
Not Fat, May Lead To More Weight Loss

Read Minimal Diet Changes Yield Minimal Results

For more than 17 years I have helped overweight and obese people learn hypnosis for weight loss and I have studied the teachings of Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Nathan Pritikin, Colin Campbell, Jeff Novick and many others. Valid data goes back for more than 100 years showing the weight loss and long term health benefits of a starch based, plant based lifestyle.

When I weighed 260 pounds, I tried the Atkins and Atkins-like diets and over time my health deteriorated. Over the years, I have had many clients referred to Slender For Life™ hypnosis for weight loss by their medical doctors due to the health complications of a high fat diet. On a plant based diet, their health improved and they achieved their healthy ideal weight. Weight loss hypnosis can help you make healthy lifestyle changes.

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