The rest of the evidence based medicine world is well aware that if you want to lose weight and have a better cardiovascular profile you follow a low carbohydrate diet. Every single time I mention that I am following a LCHF diet Inget a couple of questions about what you can and cannot eat followed by numerous questions about cholesterol. I have been slowly building my evidence-based repertoire, but it this last couple of years the research has become nearly un-refutable.
A new study from the Annals of Internal Medicine in March 2014 had the conclusion that:
“Current evidence does not clearly support cardiovascular guidelines that encourage high consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of total saturated fats.”
The study was supported by British Heart Foundation and pooled more than half a million patients. That last statement essentially tells us that the each time you hear “low fat” or “fat free” you need to think LIE LIE LIE!!! Ask your doctor where the evidence is that supports a low fat diet. The answer you will receive will sound something like this “It is settled science, of course saturated fat causes heart disease, the fat will go straight to your arteries and give you heart disease”.
The next point that needs to be addressed is what type of diet is best for weight loss. The first thing to remember about diets is that there are many. Any diet that is able to maintain less calories than we burn will be successful at weight loss. The problem with most low calorie diets is that they are not maintainable. Ask any fat person who has been on a thousand different diets, lost weight, the diet failed them and they got fat again. The question is, what diet can be maintained that achieves our goals of not being obese? Well, the NIH has just funded a study that concludes:
“The low-carbohydrate diet was more effective for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction than the low-fat diet. Restricting carbohydrate may be an option for persons seeking to lose weight and reduce cardiovascular risk factors.”
Both the US and the UK have funded studies that have proven that we need to change our current dietary guidelines, yet neither has held a conference or summit to discuss changing any guidelines or shown any movement in their recommendations.
The beautiful thing here is we don’t need any government to tell us what to eat, we can do our own research and choose what to put in our mouths.
Oh. The Steak recipe.