Originally published November 10 2015
Low-fat diets don't work: Doctors totally full of bunk for at least a decade
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) Most people are so focused on counting calories that they bypass what's really destroying the function of their glands and the balance of their hormones.
It's easy to blame the fats in food for weight gain, but it's the food's chemicals that are destroying a person's metabolism, causing them weight gain. Nutrition labels focus on calories, distracting consumers from the long list of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors, and flavor enhancers that are often the source of their ills. There's no indication on the label of the pesticide or heavy metal concentration of that food or the amount of genetically modified material used. This leaves doctors and consumers with nothing to blame for health problems but the fat content and the calories.
Fats (the right kind) should be encouraged, not vilifiedMost people go on low-fat diets but don't realize that many fatty foods can be healthy for the body and the mind. Some fats can be health foods; promoting heart health and helping one lose weight. Coconut oil, avocados, salmon, hemp seed, free range, grass fed beef, raw whole milk and various nuts are good examples of healthy fat sources.
For 32 years, Britain's National Health Service (NHS) guidelines have warned consumers not to eat full fat milk, butter, and high fat foods. When a recent study from Harvard University set out to put that theory to the test, they found interesting results for 68,000 adults. Their research, which compiled information from 53 previous studies, was published in the journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
"Despite the pervasive dogma that one needs to cut fat to lose weight, the scientific evidence does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss," concluded Dr. Deirdre Tobias. "There is no good evidence for recommending low-fat diets."
It turns out that low-fat diets have no correlation to weight loss or good health at all. Low-fat diets are nothing more than a corporate-government lie, repeated over and over until believed. The study showed that low-carbohydrate diets were more effective than low-fat diets over 12 months. Participants on a low carbohydrate diet lost 2.5 lbs more on average.
Managing stress more important than restricting fat intakeThe Harvard researchers agree that diets should not focus on fat, or even carbohydrates and proteins. Instead one should focus on portion sizes and the chemicals that are in processed food. The researchers found that the best way to lose weight in a healthy manner is to manage stress effectively and go on a more Mediterranean diet which incorporates fatty foods like olive oil, nuts and fish into the diet. The diet also favors fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Of course, many nasty fatty foods should be avoided like deep fried foods, cakes, biscuits and sugar-sweetened beverages.
The Harvard team also pointed out that stressful environments can cause people to comfort eat, leading to larger waste lines. In fact, the study proved that work related stress had more impact on weight gain than a low-fat diet. When researcher Christopher Bean of Adelaide University in Australia, weighed and measured 450 men and women from various occupations and management levels, he found that higher demands and the burden of making more decisions on a daily basis was correlated with greater waste lines. Mr. Bean said: "It is important to find innovative ways of extending our understanding of how work may be implicated in the development of obesity."
Managing stress might be as simple as performing deep breathing exercises throughout the work day, incorporating nature walks during lunch breaks, mediation and prayer in the morning, putting everything in perspective. Many herbs also strengthen the nervous system, helping the body adapt to stressful circumstances. Eleutherococcus root (Siberian ginseng) and oat straw are two fine examples.
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