8/14 The Healthiest Diet is a Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet
Since the year 1977, the health authorities have told everyone to eat a low-fat, high-carb diet.
This was originally based on political decisions and low quality studies that have since been thoroughly debunked.
Interestingly, the obesity epidemic started at almost the exact same time the low-fat guidelines first came out.
In the UK fitness ‘Gurus’ like Rosemary Connolly founded a Lo-Fat empire- about as ineffective in terms of long term fat loss as weightwatchers and slimming world (5% over 18mths).
Since then, several massive studies have examined the health effects of the low-fat diet.
In the Women’s Health Initiative, the biggest study on diet ever conducted, 48,835 women were randomized to either a low-fat diet or continued to eat the standard western diet.
After a study period of 7.5 years, the low-fat group weighed only 0.4 kg (1 lb) less and there was no decrease in cardiovascular disease or cancer (68, 69, 70).
Other studies agree with these findings… this diet is notoriously ineffective (71, 72).
Even though it may work for healthy and active individuals… for people with obesity, metabolic syndrome or diabetes, the low-fat diet can be downright harmful.
Bottom Line: The low-fat, high-carb diet recommended by the mainstream nutrition organizations is a miserable failure and has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective.
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