Low-carb, high-fat diets like the Atkins and ketogenic diets are becoming increasingly popular as more medical experts embrace unprocessed saturated fat as an essential part of a healthy diet.
Professor Grant Schofield, a public-health professor at Auckland University of Technology in Zealand, said his research shows that a low-carb, high-fat diet accelerates weight loss and prevents disease. "When you start eating carbs, you start burning carbs, and when you start eating fat, you start burning fat," he told NZ 3 News.
Schofield has tested the high-fat, low-carb diet on himself and a group of athletes at the Millennium Institute of Sport in Auckland. After comparing the results of the low-carb, high fat (LCHF) diet with other diets used in 20 randomized, clinical medical trials, he concluded that LCHF is the optimal approach for producing weight loss and curbing disease.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian recently lost 50 pounds in six months by following a low-carb ketogenic Atkins diet that limited her daily carb intake to less than 60 grams. Kardashian has since regained her bombshell bikini body and has never felt better.
Saturated Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease: High-Carb Diet Does
Professor Schofield joins a growing list of health experts to debunk the myth that saturated fat is to blame for obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. A high-carb diet (particularly one high in sugar and refined carbs) is to blame for these illnesses, say these experts.
Schofield is aware that his position is seen as extreme by some people, who have been told for the past 40 years that saturated fat clogs our arteries and makes us fat and sick. "This approach is regarded as lunatic fringe," said Schofield. "Some people think I'm crazy.
"But in nutrition science, as in all other science, we must be prepared to change our mind on the basis of evidence. If we had it right already, then we wouldn't have problems like obesity and diabetes."
In March 2014, Cambridge University scientist Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury and his colleagues concluded that unprocessed saturated fat is healthy after reviewing data from 72 published studies of more than 600,000 people from 18 countries.
“It’s not saturated fat that we should worry about," Dr. Chowdhury wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "It’s the high-carbohydrate or sugary diet that should be the focus of dietary guidelines. If anything is driving your low-density lipoproteins in a more adverse way, it’s carbohydrates.”
Chowdhury is not the only heart doctor who holds this opinion. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, said a low-carb, high-fat, wheat-free diet reverses diabetes and prevents heart disease.
And neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, said the LCHF ketogenic diet prevents — and even reverses — Alzheimer's disease and ADHD. "Carbs are devastating for the brain," said Perlmutter. "Even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s."
War Against Fat Was Fueled By Corporate Greed
In October 2013, cardiologist Aseem Malhotra rocked the nutrition world with his declaration that unprocessed saturated fat is good for you.
In his research, Malhotra found no evidence that a high-fat diet causes heart attacks, obesity or diabetes. If anything, he said consuming healthy fats (like those found in grass-fed meat, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, salmon and avocados) protect against these diseases.
The food industry has profited from the low-fat mantra for decades because foods that are marketed as low-fat are often loaded with sugar. We are now learning that added sugar in food is driving the obesity epidemic and the rise in diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”
Similarly, obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman underscored that a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet not only produces rapid weight loss, but also combats epilepsy and reverses type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Westman, director of the Duke University Obesity Clinic, is pleased that mainstream media is finally debunking the myth that eating fat makes you fat and sick. To the contrary, he said: Eating fat makes you skinny and healthy.
"Eat lots of fat," Westman, author of New Atkins for a New You. "There's no problem with fat. In fact, saturated fat, the fat that we've been taught not to eat, raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat."