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Weight loss experts slam high carb diets, recommend low carb high fat ketogenic

Beware of cereal, say experts.
Beware of cereal, say experts.
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It might sound like a spoof of a scary movie. But "Cereal Killers" is a real documentary about the dangers of carbohydrates. And its creators are part of a growing group of diet experts saying that it's time to stop fearing fats - and to start fearing cereal flakes. One of the spokesmen in that battle: Dr. David Perlmutter, who discussed why he feels carbs are killing us in an April 1 interview with 9 News.

Grain-based foods such as bread, pasta and cereal constitute "a terrorist group that bullies our most precious organ, the brain," says Dr. Perlmutter, author of "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers" (click for details).

Dr. Perlmutter cites research linking high-carb diets with higher risks of dementia. Moreover, he notes that studies show a connection between gluten sensitivity and inflammation, which plays a direct role in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

For health and weight loss, he recommends healthy fats, such as nuts, seeds, wild fish and olive oil, along with protein and vegetables. His plan is similar to the Paleo diet, with slightly different approved foods and percentages.

"Healthful fats are now being recommended by leading cardiologists around the world," he said in a recent interview .

Fat has been an integral part of the healthy human diet for hundreds of thousands of years so the notion that we should suddenly stop consuming this vitally important nutrient because we were told to do so back in 1992 makes no sense whatsoever.

Thus Dr. Perlmutter wants to send the message to the world: Fat is good. Agreeing with him: "Cereal Killers" movie's creators. "Cereal Killers" spotlights cardiovascular disease, and was produced by an intriguing team including sports physiologist Prof Tim Noakes, author of "Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career."

Donal O’Neill takes center stage in the film, following a high-fat low carb ketogenic diet that transformed his health - in a good way.

He avoided sugar and wheat, and ate a diet that was 70 percent fat. His mantra: "Don't fear fat."

Variations on a high fat low carb diet have proliferated, as have the terms used, including "ketogenic diet," "keto plan," "LCHF" and banting. The latter shows that this approach to dieting isn't new: William Banting's original "Letter on Corpulence" is a testimony to the weight loss benefits of low carb diets.

Most recently, the Atkins diet has returned to the public spotlight, thanks to Kim Kardashian's decision to do some shedding for her wedding: Read about her Atkins weight loss plan by clicking here.

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