Why Our Approach To Fighting Obesity Has Been Wrong All These Decades

August 17, 2017

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The UK National Obesity Forum, along with American researchers, has recently come to the conclusion that fat is not making us obese.

In fact, we should eat more of it.

It appears that decades of promoting a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet have only been hindering our battle with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other related diseases.

(Click here to read NOF’s controversial report about how public health officials have been colluding with the food industry.)

“As a clinician, treating patients all day every day, I quickly realized that guidelines from on high, suggesting high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets were the universal panacea, were deeply flawed,” says the chairman of the Forum, professor David Haslam.

(Related: The Do’s And Don’ts Of Exercising When You’re Obese)

So, What Should We Do?

Latest findings by the National Obesity Forum have triggered the scientists to make a list of 10 points for creating a healthier nutrition lifestyle. The guidelines are as follows:

  1. Eating fat does not make you fat.
  2. Saturated fat does not cause heart disease. It is likely protective.
  3. Processed foods labeled ‘low fat,’ ‘lite,’ ‘low cholesterol,’ or ‘proven to lower cholesterol’ should be avoided.
  4. Limit starchy and refined carbohydrates to prevent and reverse Type 2 diabetes.
  5. Optimum sugar consumption for health is zero.
  6. Industrial vegetable oils should be avoided.
  7. Stop counting calories (calorie focused thinking has damaged public health).
  8. You cannot outrun a bad diet.
  9. Snacking will make you fat (Grandma was right).
  10. Evidence based nutrition should be incorporated into education curricula for all healthcare professionals.

(Also read: 5 Healthy Nutrition Tips Coming From Registered Dietitian Nutritionists)

Calories Are Not What They Seem

American nutrition labels have also discovered a pretty major error in approaching healthy diet – we are mainly focusing on the number of calories, while we should focus on where those calories are derived.

As James Hamblin writes:

“Calories are one metric to consider among many—they tell us nothing other than, if we were to set fire to this food, how much energy would be released? It’s 2016, and that’s the metric we’re giving people to help them with this epidemic, which is the primary driver of the leading cause of death. We are doing this even while we know that imploring people to simply eat less has repeatedly proven to be an ineffective approach to obesity.”

(Related: 5 Quick Diet Tips That Will Make You Lose Weight In A Healthy Way!)


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