Cardiologist Champions Low Carb Diets: ‘saturated Fat Is Not The Enemy’

As we’ve reported , one study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012 found that a low-carb diet was a clear winner over a low-fat diet and low-glycemic diet.) Enlarge image i The Hollywood or Grapefruit Diet: Followers eat half a grapefruit with every meal in the belief that enzymes in the fruit somehow magically break down fat (no, they don’t). It’s a low-carb diet that calls for lots of dietary fat and protein. Pass the bacon. Stephanie Gonot/Courtesy of the photographer The Hollywood or Grapefruit Diet: Followers eat half a grapefruit with every meal in the belief that enzymes in the fruit somehow magically break down fat (no, they don’t). It’s a low-carb diet that calls for lots of dietary fat and protein. Pass the bacon. Stephanie Gonot/Courtesy of the photographer Still, Pagoto has hit on something that has stymied many dieters forever: the challenge of sticking with a weight-loss plan that’s both healthful and effective. “We really need to shift our conversation away from what exactly people should be eating to how do you change their behavior, how do you get people to make long-term changes,” Pagoto says. Enlarge image i The Model Diet: This was Gonot’s tongue-in-cheek take on popular perception of how models keep their appetites in check. “You hear that models drink coffee and smoke cigarettes all day, or you see them holding a Diet Coke behind the scenes,” Gonot says.

“The fad diet was only made popular by a book during 1996with no evidence to support it,” Warren told Reuters Health. “Eat Right 4 Your Type” by Peter D’Adamo has more than 7 million copies in print, and outlines a theory about which foods are best for people with the various ABO blood types to eat and which to avoid. D’Adamo says he believes in the diet based on circumstantial evidence.

Dr. Mahlhotra accuses the food industry of replacing saturated fat in products with sugar. The result: Products high in sugar labeled “low-fat” or “fat-free.” However, he says that all that sugar actually contributes more to heart disease than fat. Want to protect your heart? Then stop worrying about saturated fat and enjoy a Mediterranean-style diet with nuts, olive oil, fish, fruits, vegetables and even red wine.

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