31 August 2016

Cut Out Sugar and Eat Saturated Fats to Fight Obesity - Part 1

By George Blays

Quit sugar, eat MORE fat, and become slimmer and healthier.

It has been reckoned that in the UK (2016) almost six out of ten women and two-thirds of men are overweight. Dietary guidelines are to eat lots of carbohydrates, consume little so-called 'heart disease-causing' saturated fats like butter and whole milk, to eat 'low-fat' foods, and to make sure five fruits and vegetables are eaten every day.

It is clear that most of this dietary advice is not working. The part about fruit and vegetables is fine because those foods are sources of healthy dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals.

The obesity epidemic is out of control. Yet many people do their best to 'eat less' and to 'exercise more'. But we continue to get fatter and heavier. The only thing that the dietary guidelines seem to be doing is to fuel a 'billion-pound diet industry'. The population is turning into one of "sugar-craving, disappointed yo-yo dieters".

Thankfully, this health disaster may now be at a turning point. South African and U.S. scientists have shown that the ignorantly promoted 'low-fat, more carbohydrate' diet recommended by food experts has been extremely ineffective. It even looks like these recommendations could be directly to blame for the obesity crisis.

The new thinking is that, regardless of weight, we should be eating MORE fat, not less, and severely restricting if not cutting out altogether sugars. Typical among these sugars are common sucrose (table sugar) and the very unhealthy fructose.

Leading UK cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, has set out the case for a radical change of thinking to bring in a low-carbohydrate diet that is high in natural saturated fats. This could actually be the key to ending the obesity epidemic and reducing the escalation of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

A 'low-carbohydrate, healthy fat' diet could be the way out of sugar addiction and the key to losing weight and staying slim forever.

This new approach is about re-thinking what we eat, starting with stopping eating sugar-rich foods. Unfortunately, most people eat the equivalent of 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. The trouble is that sweet things are very addictive - they are like opiates.

The sugary, carbohydrate-rich diets we have depended on for years, together with all the fancy snacks available, have left many of us 'hooked' on sugar. But it is not only sweet treats that get us hooked. It is also the 'complex carbohydrates' such as starch - which break down into simple sugars - that maintain our cravings.

All processed foods contain sugar. If you 'read the labels' you may be startled to discover just how much sugar is added to packaged, canned and bottled products.

With sugars playing such a big part in our lives, it seems impossible to quit them. That is the opiate link.

Continued in Part 2...

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