Fat as the Enemy

In a study published Dec. 7 in the journal BMJresearchers from the University of East Anglia (I don’t know where that is either) found that simply replacing high-fat foods with low-fat alternatives helped people lose roughly 3.5 pounds. Reducing fat intake also resulted in lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels. The study authors suggested that the findings may play a critical role in global dietary recommendations, because being overweight or obese increases the risk for many cancers, heart disease and stroke.  Hmmmmm.  I am not buying that.  Losing 3.5 pounds doesn’t take you from obese/overweight to normal.   The “fat is evil” scam started the McGovern recommendations in the 1970’s with very little basis in fact.   Good fat is making a huge comeback and even saturated fat may have its place.  This study smells like BS to me.   Here is some more:

“Fat calories are more dense, and the fat that we add to food is usually palatable, increasing our desire to want to eat more,” said Sharon Zarabi, a nutritionist and fitness trainer at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “So, figure you decrease your fat intake, which decreases your total caloric intake and [leaves] you less likely to crave and overeat.”

Really?  Here is another article describing why this is wrong.

It’s becoming widely accepted that fats actually curb your appetite, by triggering the release of the hormone cholecystokinin, which causes fullness. Fats also slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream, reducing the amount that can be stored as fat.

And:

In 2003, the Cochrane Collaboration, a respected source for unbiased reviews of research, compared low-fat diets with low-calorie diets and found that “fat-restricted diets are no better than calorie-restricted diets in achieving long-term weight loss.” As Walt Willet of the Harvard School of Public Health wrote in the American Journal of Medicine, “Diets high in fat do not appear to be the primary cause of the high prevalence of excess body fat in our society, and reductions in fat will not be a solution.”

So, in summary, I think the fitness trainer from Lenox Hill is an idiot pulling her theories directly out of her rectum.  As far as this study, losing 3.5 pounds is minimal, the study seems flawed and the University of East Anglia has some more work to do before it gets put on the “research powerhouse” map .

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