Low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diets like the Atkins, Paleo and ketogenic diets not only promote rapid weight loss, but prevent and reverse heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
While health experts have long advocated a low-fat diet for weight loss, a growing number of respected medical experts now agree that consuming plenty of high-quality saturated fats such as coconut oil, salmon and grass-fed beef prevents — and even reverses — heart disease, obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer's.
Obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, author of the bestsellers A New Atkins for a New You and A Low Carb Ketogenic Diet Manual, is pleased that mainstream media is finally debunking the myth that eating fat makes you fat. To the contrary, said Dr. Westman: Eating fat makes you skinny.
"I tell my patients not to fear the fat," Dr. Westman told CBN. "Eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. 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."
Over the years, Westman has helped thousands of obese people lose dramatic amounts of weight and reverse type 2 diabetes by following low-carb, high-fat diets like the Atkins, Paleo and ketogenic diets.
The cause of obesity and virtually all degenerative diseases is not fat, but sugar and simple carbs, said Dr. Westman. By eliminating sugar and simple carbs and replacing them with healthy fats, you not only lose weight and reverse diabetes, but you kill the cravings for those addictive foods altogether.
Experts agree that it's the foods and beverages people eat that are the major causes of diabetes and obesity, and so that should be the major focus of treatment [not drugs]. There's a feed-forward, a drive that comes from eating sugar: Eating sugar makes you want to eat more sugar."
Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter agrees. In an interview with me last month, Perlmutter explained that a high-carb diet fuels blood-sugar surges, which cause inflammation, which in turn has a catastrophic impact on brain cells and the entire body.
In his book Grain Brain, Dr. Perlmutter posits that a high-carb diet is responsible for the nationwide epidemics of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and ADHD.
Fortunately, he said we can prevent and even reverse these conditions by following a low-carb, high-fat diet. "Carbs are devastating for the brain," said Dr. Perlmutter. "Fat is your friend."