If you want to win at weight loss, set aside that bowl of fat-free cereal and bring on the bacon, eggs and butter. That low carb diet advice results from a new study which shows the high fat diet recommended by scientist Tim Noakes wins for weight loss, reported the IOL Lifestyle. The study also confirms the safety of the Paleo diet and Atkins-style ketogenic plans.
The new study compared a low carb diet to a low fat diet. Participants followed the diet guidelines for 12 months. At the end of that period, the low carb diet group lost more weight and fat. Their HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) levels also improved more.
“This is now the 24th such study showing these outcomes. The other 23 have been ignored but it seems this one might not be so easy to ignore,” said Noakes. His diet is detailed in his own book showing why and how high fat low carb diets are safe and effective for weight loss.
But what about older studies that supposedly showed high fat low carb diets are dangerous for the heart? Or as Nina Teicholz, author of “Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet,” questioned in the Sept. 5 issue of Cosmopolitan, “How could have our health authorities have got it so wrong?”
The answer lies at the heart of what’s wrong with the traditional weight loss guidelines that tell dieters to avoid all forms of fat. The research results that led to low fat diet recommendations were based on inaccurate data. Problems with the research included inadequate sampling, “cherry-picking” selection and no control for issues such as smoking.
Now, however, as Noakes commented, a series of new studies support low carb diets for weight loss and health. As a result, says Teicholz, “conventional wisdom about saturated fat may be changing for good. History and science are aligned on the side of saturated fats. And with butter sales already skyrocketing, you can bet this shift will be a keeper.”
Both the Paleo diet and the low carb high fat (LCHF) ketogenic Atkins diet repeatedly receive criticism from dietitians, who argue that eliminating all grains and dairy harms the health of dieters. Many of those nutritionists also slam such foods plans for cutting out sugar, insisting that moderation is the best approach for lasting weight loss. But Robb Wolf, author of “The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet,” completely disagrees.
In an exclusive interview, Wolf cited studies “demonstrating not only that a Paleo diet provides all the nutrients for health, but that the Paleo diet is, calorie for calorie, the most nutritious way one can eat.” As for the sugar in moderation theory or idea that counting calories without paying attention to quality works for weight loss and health?
“A cupcake is apparently equal to an apple. Can that possibly be correct? I certainly do not think so,” he stated. By eating protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats while cutting out harmful carbohydrates such as bread and pasta, Wolf believes that we can reverse the obesity epidemic while boosting the nation’s health.