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Newsflash: Low-Fat Diets Don’t Help You Lose Weight or Live Longer!

This may not be revolutionary news to those of you who follow Atkins or have read many of my previous blogs, but according to a new editorial in the journal Open Heart, written by Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a leading U.S. cardiovascular research scientist, low-carb diets beat low-fat diets for weight loss, heart disease and longevity. As you may know, I have discussed several studies that show that a low-carb diet is better for weight loss and lowering heart disease risk than a low-fat diet, while larger observational studies have not found any proof that low-fat diets reduce cardiovascular disease risk.

According to DiNicolantonio, saturated fats were vilified in the past because of the belief that they increase total cholesterol (a flawed theory, also according to DiNicolantonio), and therefore must also increase heart disease risk. And since fat contains more calories, it was thought that by reducing the intake, it would naturally curb obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. These theories, based on flawed and incomplete data from the 1950s, led to the current dietary advice to replace saturated fats with carbohydrates or omega-6 polyunsaturated fats. Research now shows that eating refined carbohydrates is a dietary factor behind the surge in obesity and diabetes in the United States. And replacing saturated fats with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats—without a corresponding increase in omega-3 polyunsaturated fats—may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

DiNicolantonio says that a public health campaign is needed to educate the public on the dangers of a diet high in refined carbs and sugar, and that processed foods should be avoided at all costs.

Sound familiar? If you’re doing Atkins, you’re already doing exactly what DiNicolantonio suggests by following a plan that incorporates a balance of healthy fats (including saturated fats), fresh vegetables, whole grains (eventually) and protein and limits refined carbs, sugar and processed foods. 

Published Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:32 PM by colette_heimowitz
Filed Under: Induction, Carb Balance/Carb Intolerance, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Personal observations & lessons learned
Comments
plplovessss said:
another good article that tells how we're all on the right path here.
March 18, 2014 01:12 PM EST
mollytinker said:
I'm reminded of the time Dr. Atkins went on Geraldo Rivera's show and was verbally abused and totally ambushed about the nutrtitional principles he believed in. I hope the good doctor's smiling now.
March 18, 2014 01:18 PM EST
amanda303 said:
Additionally, the University of Cambridge conducted a study and now say there is no correlation between saturated fat and heart disease: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/study-questions-fat-and-heart-disease-link/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
March 18, 2014 02:14 PM EST
Sashi10 said:
There's hope! It would be great to see a change in the dietary guidelines & sweeping changes in the food industry.
March 18, 2014 02:33 PM EST
HELPMEWIN said:
Thank you for clearing up the carb counting with veggies. I like the breakfast ideas, but I can no longer eat eggs because I have developed an intolerance to them and wonder if you have any ideas for that first meal. I really miss eggs;looks like I can't eat the whites.
March 20, 2014 04:03 PM EST
mfox73034 said:
Hello! I'm brand new to the Atkins website, and have been reading your posts with great interest. I do have one question: you do a great job of naming the sources of information you share with us, but is there anyway you can post a link to the articles you reference? I've got post-doctoral training, and am currently backtracking a bit to get a Master in Human Movement/Exercise Science and Sports Conditioning. Supplying the links to articles I cite in discussions/posts/research work/etc. is the life blood of learning and progress: each reader can view the original research and often find information relevant to their particular situation. Is that something that is possible inside you blog? Thanks very much!! Mike
March 22, 2014 08:58 PM EST
abbaby1 said:
I AM abbaby1 I AM NEW AT THIS. I HAVE MY START DATE FOR 3/31/14. I CLEANED OUT MY PANTRY AND REFRIGERATOR AND GAVE IT ALL AWAY TO NEEDEY PEOPLE. I STILL NEED TO GET A TAPE MEASURE, (WOULD YOU BELIEVE I DON'T OWN ONE). I DID SOME SHOPPING FOR CANNED AND PACKAGED GOODS YESTERDAY AT SUPER WALMARTM BUT I STILL NEED TO GO TO THE REGULAR GROCERY STORE FOR SHRIMP, VEGGIES & STUFF. I AM CONFUSED ON ONE POINT. ON THE NUTRITION FACTS STRIP, THE ORDER OF LISTING IS TOTAL FAT CHOLESTEROL SODIUM TOTAL CARBOHYDRATES DIETARY FIBER SUGARS PROTEIN ON ALMOST EVERY LABEL I READ IT HAS SUGARS LISTED. A LOT ARE ONLY 3 GMS, BUT MANY ARE MUCH MORE. ARE THESE THE NATURAL SUGARS THAT ARE IN THE PRODUCT, AND NOT ADDED? I THEN READ THE INGREDIENTS TO LOOK FOR SUCROSE, MALTOSE OR ANY OF THE OTHER SUGARS, AND SOME TIMES THERE IS SUGAR LISTED THERE ALONG WITH THE MOLASSAS AND CHEMICAL SUGAR NAMES. NOWHERE IN THE BOOK CAN I FIND WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SUGARS LISTED UNDER THE DIETARY FIBER, OR HOW MUCH LISTED THERE IS "TOO MUCH:. I DIDN'T BUY ANYTHING THAT HAD AN AMOUNT OF SUGAR LISTED THERE, AND THERE WASN'T MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM. EVERYTHING HAD 3 TO 5 GRAMS OF SUGAR LISTED THERE. HOW DO I TREAT THAT SUGAR LISTING UNDER DIETARY FIBER????? I CAN'T START THE DIET UNTIL I KNOW WHAT I CAN AND CAN'T EAT, AND I DON'T WANT TO START BY SETTING MYSELF UP TO FAIL. HOW DO YOU TREAT THOSE SUGARS??? SOMEBODY WHO IS HAVING SUCCESS PLEASE UN-CONFUSE ME.
March 26, 2014 07:34 PM EST
dmontieth said:
I recently read a book called "The Cholesterol Myth" by Dr. Stephen Sinatra, he also cites many studies on the detriment of the high carb diets and the bigger demon in those diets being sugar. He is another source that discusses the benefits of a diet like Atkins and does mention it in particular in his book. I found the book extremely informative and a great read. Thanks for the information Collette.
April 10, 2014 10:35 PM EST
Bj Huffman said:
It is wonderful to applaud DiNicolantonio for his recent studies and findings, but don't lose sight that it was indeed Dr. Atkins that brought to light all of these findings, and his research is why most of us still come back to Atkins. Atkins' genius and bold fortitude to go against the grain, when everyone was yelling low fat is the way to go, Atkins proved that low carb dieting was indeed the key to reversal of many diseases and health issues associated with obesity, we all owe the late Doctor a world of gratitude for his fight to bring light to this subject and to keep fighting for truth.
April 15, 2014 11:49 PM EST
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