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Death of the Low-Fat Diet (Again)

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The low-fat diet just died. Again. Science has already pretty much confirmed it’s useless for improving heart health. Now it’s confirmed that it’s bad advice for losing weight as well.

A just-published article in the prestigious journal The Lancet summarizes all major scientific trials on losing weight on low fat. The conclusion? There’s no evidence that low-fat helps to lose weight, compared to any other diet advice.

In fact, giving any other diet advice tends to be better, with people given the opposite advice (low carb, higher fat) in studies losing significantly MORE weight.

The only situation where the low fat looks decent is when comparing it to no diet at all. I.e. a low-fat diet might be less bad than eating donuts and pizza. Not really a surprise. But when choosing a diet for weight loss, low fat looks like the worst option.


The study:


The low-fat diet is dead. All the last decades of fat phobic advice managed to do was make people hungry, eat more bad carbs, and make the obesity epidemic worse. Time to move on.

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Are you ready for better weight-loss advice? You can find it right here: How to Lose Weight

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Demonization and Deception in Cholesterol Research – Great New Presentation by Professor David Diamond

Have you heard that saturated fat has been wrongly accused, starting with the shenanigans of Ancel Keys? Or that a total cholesterol number is not very helpful for determining risk of heart disease? Or that the benefits of statins have been vastly exaggerated?

Probably all these facts are familiar to you already. But I’d still recommend to watch this new presentation by Professor David Diamond. I’ve heard this story many times but still found the presentation well-worth watching. Not only does Professor Diamond bring up new details to the story, he also does it in great style and with lots of (sometimes dark) humor.

Statin humor

A quick example, which of these drug ads would make you most likely to have a pill a day for the rest of your life?


Obviously the left ad is the original one, for the biggest blockbuster drug of all time. Amazingly the right ad may be a more honest and transparent way to present the exact same study finding.

The 1 percent number is the real chance that the drug will benefit you, over many years of taking it (without even mentioning the risk of side effects).

Could you even imagine a drug company printing the more honest right ad? It would look like a joke.


The US Dietary Guidelines Expert Committee Said to be “Completely Dissociated” From the Top Level Scientific Community

Professor Arne Astrup

Professor Arne Astrup

The harsh critique of the low-fat US dietary guidelines continues. Are they the result of an expert committee “completely dissociated from the top level scientific community”? That’s what one of the world’s top nutrition professors and researchers now says.

CardioBrief: Second Opinion on BMJ Dietary Guideline Takedown

Here are the quotes from Professor Arne Astrup:

…the committee seems to be completely dissociated from the top level scientific community, and unaware of the most updated evidence. There are now several new meta-analyses of both observational studies and also of randomized controlled trials clearly showing that there is no benefit of reducing saturated fat in the diet. All analyses and research can be criticized, but these meta-analyses have been published in leading scientific journals typically after critical reviews by three to five independent scientists (including a statistician), and by expert editors, so they cannot and should not be dismissed so easily.”

Equally important, wrote Astrup, is “that the scientific studies that were the basis for the ‘cut down on saturated fat’ recommendations have been re-evaluated, and it is quite clear that today we would have concluded that there is no robust evidence to substantiate the advice.”

“The same,” he continued, “applies to the importance of carbohydrate amount and source. Reducing total carbs or selecting the low glycemic index carbohydrates are well documented tools to produce weight loss and treat type 2 diabetes, and there is quite good evidence for efficacy and safety.”


It’s quite clear there are big changes coming to the field of nutrition, and the old & moldy fear of fat is dying. Only question now is how long it’s going to take. Will the stalwart defenders of this failed idea make it to their retirement, or not, before it’s “game over” for them?


The British Medical Journal Slams Unscientific and Biased Low-Fat Dietary Guidelines!


“Cut the Crap”, Not Saturated Fat, Advises Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation


More and more people are backing away from the misguided and miserably failed war on saturated fat:

CBCNews: ‘Cut the crap,’ get back to nutritional basics, Heart and Stroke Foundation advises

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The British Medical Journal Slams Unscientific and Biased Low-Fat Dietary Guidelines!


The upcoming low-fat US dietary guidelines are based on an unscientific report, from a biased expert committee. The report fails to consider any evidence that contradicts the last 35 years of nutritional advice. This is the just published message in the British Medical Journal, in an article written by the journalist Nina Teicholz:


BMJ: The scientific report guiding the US dietary guidelines: is it scientific?

Dr. Fiona Godlee, The BMJ’s Editor in Chief adds:

“These guidelines are hugely influential, affecting diets and health around the world. The least we would expect is that they be based on the best available science. Instead the committee has abandoned standard methodology, leaving us with the same dietary advice as before – low fat, high carbs.

Growing evidence suggests that this advice is driving rather than solving the current epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The committee’s conflicts of interest are also a concern. We urgently need an independent review of the evidence and new thinking about diet and its role in public health.”

Harsh criticism indeed, from one of the premier scientific journals, but well-deserved. For the US government to keep promoting low-fat diets in 2015 is beyond unscientific, it’s approaching a sick joke.

At least more and more smart people are taking notice.

TIME: Here’s What’s Wrong With the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, Report Says

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Watch the LCHF Movie Run on Fat – With a Discount Or For Free

Carb loading apparently just hit the wall.

What if everything you knew about sports nutrition was wrong? What if there was no need for carbs or sports drinks when you exercise? What if you could – in fact – break records rowing across the Pacific Ocean without it?

Those are the questions behind the LCHF movie Run on Fat, which was released earlier this year. It’s the follow-up to the popular movie Cereal Killers, and it can change how you fuel your exercise sessions forever.

I really enjoyed Run on Fat. You can watch the trailer above and now the entire movie is instantly available on our membership site:

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Study: Low-Fat Products are Just as Full of Calories. Guess Why?

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Not surprisingly, a new study finds that “low fat” and “fat free” products sold in Canada are just as full of calories.

National Post: Most ‘low fat’ and ‘fat free’ foods sold in Canada are just as full of calories, study finds

How is that possible? It’s because manufacturers replace the fat with something else. And that something else is often sugar.

If you want to become fat, eat a lot of sugar (this turns your body into fat-storage mode). A good way to eat more sugar is to buy low-fat products. Maybe it’s no coincidence that the low-fat craze perfectly coincides with the modern obesity epidemic?

(Yes, that was a rhetorical question).


Credit Suisse: The Future is Lower Carb, Higher Fat

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The fear of fat is a thing of the past. In the coming years demand for fat will soar worldwide, while demand for carbohydrates will fall. The entire world will start eating higher fat, lower carb diets (on average).

This is what a big report from Credit Suisse predicts, based on trends and the evolving medical scientific knowledge.

Bloomberg Business: No Bread, Please, Just Pass the Butter as Fat Demand to Soar

PRNewswire: Credit Suisse Publishes Report on Evolving Consumer Perceptions about Fat

The report:

Credit Suisse Research Institute: Fat: The New Health Paradigm


The report is fascinating reading and I highly recommend the first two pages (introduction and summary). It gives you a quick look into how expert prognosticators look at the evolving debate.

  • Fat is on its way back in a big way and there are no longer any valid scientific reasons to fear saturated fat or cholesterol in the diet. Global demand will rise by 43 percent by 2030.
  • Carbohydrates are the main cause of the epidemics of obesity and diabetes. More and more people understand that. The worldwide consumption will fall by 8.3 percent by 2030 (despite a growing population).
  • Surveys by the institute show that a majority of nutritionists and doctors still have outdated beliefs about fat and cholesterol, incorrectly believing it to be bad for cardiovascular health. Modern science shows this belief to be false, according to the report. This fact is likely to spread fast as more and more experts update their knowledge.

The future is lower carb, higher fat.