Why the Anti-obesity Establishment Keeps Failing

Monday, July 15, 2013

"The latest clinical trials suggest that all of us would benefit from fewer (if any) sugars and fewer refined grains (bread, pasta) and starchy vegetables (potatoes). This was the conventional wisdom through the mid-1960s, and then we turned the grains and starches into heart-healthy diet foods and the USDA enshrined them in the base of its famous Food Guide Pyramid as the staples of our diet. That this shift coincides with the obesity epidemic is probably not a coincidence. As for those of us who are overweight, experimental trials, the gold standard of medical evidence, suggest that diets that are severely restricted in fattening carbohydrates and rich in animal products—meat, eggs, cheese—and green leafy vegetables are arguably the best approach, if not the healthiest diet to eat. Not only does weight go down when people eat like this, but heart disease and diabetes risk factors are reduced." -- Gary Taubes

I'm fascinated by the research Mr. Taubes cites. It is at the heart of the DASH diet, which I have been following since early March. My experience is that my weight has come off almost effortlessly (certainly without struggle) since I switched to the DASH diet. I find this model very credible.

Here's the full article, which I highly recommend. It's an interesting read and will make you feel better about your efforts to lose weight and get healthy, past and present:
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    Really brilliant that he basically took a vegetarian diet and added meat and dairy to it so it would work for most people. My blood pressure is completely down to healthy numbers just from diet and exercise. Woohoo!
    2548 days ago
    thanks for sharing!
    2550 days ago
    I liked what he had to say about an energy imbalance. This is so true and the more and more we see even our younger kids we can see their is no balance for many of them. In a world full of high technology it hurts us. It's easier to stay inside for most kids and play games or watch TV because it does not expel energy. Loved the article. Thank you for sharing ~ Have a great day ~ Donna
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