For those who wonder why Americans are heavier than ever, carb addicted, depressed, and suffering from heart disease, you need not look any further than the low-fat myth that has sadly been perpetuated for the last 30 years.
I like to call this the “low-fat myth,” because there wasn’t one, long-term study that verified the efficacy of such a diet. First of all, eating healthy fats such as fresh cheese, real butter, eggs, heavy cream, and olive oil do not trigger insulin, the hormone that, among many things, is the fat-building/fat-storing hormone. Basic biology: insulin must be present to store body fat. Eating good, healthy fat does NOT trigger the insulin response. All the more reason I’m shocked by how many so-called experts are still promoting this dangerous myth.
Furthermore, if you’re eating a low-fat diet, you’re definitely eating too many carbs/sugar. Typical low-fat breakfast: Cheerios, skim milk, blueberries, a glass of OJ, and coffee with Splenda. Low-fat snack: yogurt or a smoothie with banana, pineapple, and soymilk. Yet these foods are nothing but sugar, i.e., ’simple carbs,’ in the same family as a candy bar. Each one will trigger insulin, causing the body to store fat. The liquid carbs—juice, milk, and smoothie—will affect blood sugar levels even more dramatically. Equally alarming, these foods, along with the caffeine and artificial sweetener, deplete serotonin, a major neurotransmitter that governs carbohydrate cravings and satiety, along with mood, sleep, etc.
Though the low-fat diet has clearly not worked, the fear of eating healthy fat still runs rampant: hence, our ever-growing rate of obesity, type 2 diabetes, thyroid issues, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. However, those who are following the research as outlined in my book, are proving where the TRUTH really lies. My clients are losing weight—and keeping it off; I’m reversing their type 2 diabetes; improving thyroid function; alleviating depression, insomnia, and ADD/ADHD; lowering high blood pressure, and achieving healthier cholesterol panels, thus reducing their risk for stroke and heart disease.
So, can anyone please tell me why so many people still risk their health with the low-fat myth?