The mainstream medical community continues to contribute to the obesity epidemic by emphasizing diets low in saturated fats rather than low in carbohydrates. Most of our patients already realize that low-carb is the key to healthy
weight loss, but at PhysioAge we love to show hard-earned data. So here are some videos to that end: The Battle of the Diets Is there ANY DATA to say whether the Zone diet, the Atkins diet, South Beach, or the traditional medicine recommendation of “low fat” diets actually works?? This lecture by Christopher Gardner is a beautiful explanation of a study he conducted with $2 million in funding, following 311 women on various “famous” diets for one year. They looked at Atkins, Zone, Dean Ornish’s diet, and the typical “low in saturated fat” diet recommended by the medical community: For those of you that don’t have the patience to watch a long lecture, I’ll cut to the chase: Whether you are interested in Weight loss, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure or lowering triglycerides, the only diet that was successful (at both 6 months and 1 year) was low-carb: essentially Atkins but a bit less extreme– some carbs were allowed. The take home message: Low fat diets are worthless, largely because the missing calories of fat get replaced with carbs. Carbs break down to sugar, sugar stimulates insulin release, insulin causes fat storage. When insulin levels are elevated, it is
impossible to burn fat– it’s as simple as that.
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Ornish’s diet proved utterly impossible to follow (even with 8 weeks of personal coaching to
start, which this study provided!) so no one really knows if it works, but biochemically the Ornish diet makes no sense to me. If you want to lose weight and be healthier, it’s low-carb or it’s a waste of time. And here is a quick 2-minute video summarizing the evolution of the myth that low-fat diets are good for you: My favorite book on this topic, by the way, is Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories, which is a review of the literature on nutrition and diet for the last 100 years or so. He has more recently put out a much less dense, easier-to-read version called Why We Get Fat. The Bitter Truth This video that should be required viewing for every medical student, nutritionist, or parent. Robert Lustig, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF, explains the chemistry behind the worst carb of them all: Fructose. He shows (with all the detail you could ever need) how toxic High Fructose Corn Syrup is to your body: …so for those of you thinking Agave syrup (i.e. a spoonful of fructose) is better than table sugar, don’t believe the hype! This is in fact the cause of the epidemic of obesity in the US. Until we get corn syrup out of our food, we will continue to become fatter and fatter…