Is Your Weight Loss Motivation Going the Wrong Way?


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Is a low fat diet bad for you?

To lose weight requires lots of weight loss motivation. But what if that weight loss diet does not work?

I am recovering from a bout of shingles, a chicken pox related condition that has drained me of energy for the last two weeks and prevented me from posting entries to this blog.

This has been a good time to reflect on my health. I now need to boost my immune system.  One factor in this is nutrition. Conventionally a nutritious diet consists of low fat, lots of carbohydrates and whole grains.

I’ve just finished reading the book:Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes which makes the case for a high fat, low carb diet. Gary argues that the traditional healthy low fat, high carb diet is in fact bad for you. Here’s why…

  • Refined products such as white sugar, white flour and white rice are more harmful  for you than high fat
  • Low fat diets help reduce your cholesterol which can reduce the risk of heart disease, but there is evidence that says that if you have a very low cholesterol level this may shorten your life!
  • There is a link between high carbohydrate intake and diabetes

This book is controversial as it challenges the widely held belief about what consititues a healthy diet.  The book presents well researched arguments that point out the flaws in the nutritional research that has informed government health policy for the last 50 years.

Although not a diet book, Gary Taubes agrees with the Atkins diet which states that the key to your weight loss is a high protein, low carb diet.

 

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