Why is my dietary advice so different from the mainstream health authorities? That’s a great question. Why aren’t they paying attention to what the more progressive MD’s and PhD’s are saying and showing in their research?
In 1994, the American Diabetes Association ( I called them the American Dietetics Association in the video, Whoops) recommended a diet of 60-70% carbohydrates, a classic low fat diet. From 1997 to 2007 the number of diabetics in the US doubled!! Great advice. Lets tell people to eat more of what elevates blood sugar and creates insulin resistance.
Obviously I coach a low carb, high fat diet to keep blood sugar low and maintain or improve insulin sensitivity. The fear of saturated fat and cholesterol for obesity, diabetes and heart disease is based on bad science from 50 years ago. Dietary fat in the presence of high amounts of sugar and starch in the diet is harmful but when you lower sugar and starch, and eat primarily vegetables for carbs, fat becomes your fuel source and doesn’t get locked up in fat stores by insulin resistance.
Since their research on fat was done with people eating a typical western diet full of bread, pasta, sugar, fast food, etc then, yes, fat was not allowed to be burned because of elevated insulin levels. The presence of sugar and starches also causes glycation of proteins and fats, creating AGE’s which cause inflammation in our bodies. The AGE’s and the inflammation they cause are responsible for the increased occurrence of our lifestyle diseases like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, auto immune disorders, etc.
When we lower the carb intake and replace sugars and starches with vegetables and fat for fuel, inflammation is reduced, as well as the risk and occurrence of obesity and the other lifestyle diseases.
For more detailed information about what is really causing our epidemic of lifestyle diseases, I recommend the books “The Great Cholesterol Myth” by Jonny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra, “The Cure For Heart Disease” by Dwight Lundell and Todd R. Nordstrom and “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter.
If you’re looking for a healthy, low carb eating plan, my Food Comes First Diet comes with a detailed food list and a weeks worth of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks. You can find it at this link: Food Comes First Diet Plan.