Low carb diets are rapidly muscling their way to the top of the weight loss trends list. And while the options range from Banting to Atkins to Paleo, the experts agree on one central theme. “Our key to weight loss is to eat more fat. Eat fat, get thin!” said Dr. David Perlmutter in an Aug. 21 interview with “Good Day Columbia” News.
Creator of the high fat low carb “Grain Brain” diet program, Dr. Perlmutter says that by cutting out all grains and sugar, eating moderate amounts of protein and consuming healthy fats, you can reduce your risk of dementia while losing weight. For proof that this Paleo diet way of life is best for the body, he points out that the advent of the agricultural age occurred relatively recently.
“For more than 99 percent of our time on this planet, we were on a high fat, low carb, virtually gluten-free diet,” Dr. Perlmutter emphasizes. And by following the high fat low carb plan detailed in “Grain Brain,” you can dramatically enhance your health while boosting weight loss, adds the physician.
He cites a new study revealing that spikes in blood sugar caused by carbohydrate consumption increase your risk of both dementia and type 2 diabetes. In a separate research project, scientists discovered that those who consumed a high fat low carb diet had a 42 percent lower risk of dementia.
Dr. Perlmutter’s prescription for weight loss is focused on protein and healthy fats. Emphasize quality in your choices, such as wild fish, free-range chicken, grass-fed beef, avocados, olive oil, nuts and eggs. Eliminate gluten, be cautious about overdoing it with fruit and use only full-fat dairy, such as whole milk.
When it comes to the weight loss benefits from the high protein Paleo diet, NBA superstars such as LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony confirm that the caveman cuisine approach works. Both have cut carbs and boosted their protein and fat intake to maintain muscle while losing fat, reported Fox Sports.
But the decision to eliminate starchy carbohydrates such as bread and pasta and focus on grass-fed beef and avocados didn’t originate with the two players receiving all the attention now. Ray Allen is the player who deserves the credit for recognizing that his painful problems with inflammation resulted from his diet.
“I think guys are becoming more aware,” Allen told CBS Sports. He admitted that he needed anti-inflammatory medication prior to stepping on the court as well as an increase in his energy levels.
“When you start eating the salads and the proteins and fruits – in Whole Foods, I kill the fruit and vegetables section – you just feel so much fresher and cleaner,” added Allen. But it did require a mental shift as well as a physical change from carbs to fat for fuel.
“My mentality was that I’m burning so much, I need the sugar and I need carbs,” recalled Allen. “But toward the end of the year, I remember being on anti-inflammatories and my body always felt like I was hopped up on drugs just to decrease the inflammation.”
When his wife talked with him about the Paleo diet and how it helped with anti-inflammation, Allen decided to try it. “I cut everything out, and within three weeks I lost 10 pounds,” Allen said. “I stuck with it all summer long and learned to eat even cleaner.”
As for the theory that athletes must eat carbohydrates for energy? Wrong, says sports scientist Professor Timothy Noakes, who has received attention for his high fat low carb ketogenic diet. Also called the Banting weight loss plan, this approach can help reverse conditions such as type 2 diabetes, accelerate weight loss and fuel even endurance athletes, said Noakes in an interview with Business Day Live.
Noakes credits the Atkins books for shifting his mindset. For years he had told athletes to eat carbohydrates. Then, in 2010, he had a revelation. Noakes was overweight and felt sluggish – and he decided to investigate his options.
That’s when he came across “New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.” Authored by three medical nutrition experts whose names he recognized, Noakes dug into the science of the high fat low carb diet prescribed in the book.
“Within an hour I was exposed to 150 research studies of low-carbohydrate diets that I had no idea existed,” he declared in an exclusive interview. “The work was published in reputable journals.”
And so Noakes used himself as a guinea pig. Within days after cutting carbs, he noticed the difference.
“Within eight weeks I had lost 11kg and improved my running times to those I had last run 20 years earlier,” he said. One of the co-authors of the Atkins diet book, Dr. Eric Westman, has conducted additional studies that support those results.
“A low-fat, low-calorie diet doesn’t work,” stated Dr. Eric Westman, director of Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, reported the Methow Valley News and co-author of “Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet.”
And his fellow co-author, physiologist Jeff Volek of the University of Connecticut, also emphasized that cutting fat and counting calories has failed to reverse the obesity epidemic. “It’s undeniable that we’ve gone down the wrong path,” affirmed Volek.
All of the above resonates with Nina Teicholz, author of “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.” She’s become a heroine for many who formerly feared fat and struggled with their weight despite following the traditional food pyramid’s guidelines.
In a recent interview with “Fox and Friends,” Nina discussed the faulty science in the theory that saturated fat contributes to heart disease. After devoting years to researching the reality, Nina has succeeded in raising awareness of what really causes obesity and related conditions: Carbohydrates.
For example, if you want to be healthy and achieve your weight loss goals, choose bacon and eggs rather than cereal or a bagel for breakfast.
“Your body needs fat to be healthy. The bagel is empty carbohydrates,” said Nina.
As for those “low-fat” and “fat-free” labels plastered over so many products in the store? Steer clear. Nina says that food companies often replace fat with sugar, and some fat-free and low-fat products actually contain more calories than their full-fat versions.