Just how many studies is it going to take for the mainstream to FINALLY give up their sacred “low-fat” cow?
We all know the drill. Most of us can parrot it back word for word.
- “Fat is bad for you.”
- “Fat causes heart disease.”
- “You need to cut fat to avoid heart attacks and strokes.”
- “The best way to lose weight is a low-fat diet.”
Yet study after study proves that this conventional wisdom is a sacred cow that.s nothing but a false idol with no basis in fact.
Fat not proven to increase risk of heart disease or stroke
Like the study I wrote about a couple months ago (Egg on Their Faces) that proved a higher fat breakfast not only doesn’t cause heart disease there’s evidence it could help prevent metabolic syndrome.
Or the study published in March in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition that concluded, “…there is insufficient evidence from prospective epidemiologic studies to conclude that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD…”
Since it seems we still haven’t reached that magical tipping point yet, I have yet one more piece of proof to add into evidence.
A new study, presented at the 92nd Annual Endocrine Society Meeting, once again showed that it’s cutting carbohydrates not good fats that should be your goal.
21% more weight loss on low-carb than on low-fat
During the 12-week study researchers found that obese women, who have the pre-diabetic condition known as insulin resistance, lost 21 percent more weight when on a low-carb diet than those on a low-fat diet.
The low-fat dieters got about 60% of their calories from carbs, 20 percent from fat, and 20 percent from protein. While the low-carb dieters exchanged a good portion of their carbs for good fats…getting 20 percent of their calories from protein, 45 percent from carbs, and 35 percent from unsaturated fats like nuts.
At the end of the study the low-carb group walked away a total of 3.4 pounds lighter than the low-fat group.
Hm… someone ought to tell the USDA, whose newly released dietary guidelines state that no more than 25 to 30 percent of your calories should come from fat.
On second thought, why bother? They’ll just stick their fingers back in their ears anyway. It’s called denial.