Are Carbs Causing Obesity And Alzheimer’s Epidemics? Low Carb Diet Doctor Says ‘Yes’ [Video]

Low carb diet advocates have a new heavyweight on their side. Meet Dr. David Perlmutter, FACN board-certified neurologist, who cites research and case studies showing that consuming popular carbohydrates such as bread, cereal, and pasta pave the path to conditions ranging from obesity to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, reported ABC News.

Dr. Perlmutter has taken a stance against the traditional diet guidelines, which prescribe low-fat diets high in whole grains and low in foods such as red meat. He believes that eating a diet high in protein and fat, while strictly avoiding grains and sugar, can boost your weight loss success while reducing your risk of disease.

“Your key to weight loss is to eat more fat. Eat fat, get thin!” summed up Dr. Perlmutter.

To put his prescription into action, the physician recommends limiting carbohydrates to 60 to 80 grams per day. He refers to the Paleo diet view that our bodies are not meant to eat large amounts of grains.

“For more than 99 percent of our time on this planet, we were on a high fat, low carb, virtually gluten-free diet,” pointed out Dr. Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain.

The high fat low carb diet prevents blood sugar spikes, he clarified. Studies have shown that these spikes increase your risk of dementia and type 2 diabetes. In addition, researchers determined that the risk of dementia is 42 percent lower for dieters who eat a high fat low carb diet.

“We should prevent the disease because we know how to do that right now, and it’s not going to cost anything,” Dr. Perlmutter stated.

In addition, he notes that studies have shown a link between diet and inflammation, which in turn may offer hope for alleviating the symptoms of conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Inflammation, is actually a pivotal player in such diverse brain conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and even autism…You’ve got to do everything possible to reduce inflammation. And that means a diet rich in inflammation-reducing foods like healthful fats, minimal in carbohydrates and strictly gluten-restricted.

Critics of the Grain Brain approach warn that eating a high fat diet can lead to a higher risk of heart disease. In response, Dr. Perlmutter cites a study of more than 350,000 people that discovered no link between cardiovascular risk and saturated fat consumption. In the video below, he discusses one of the biggest diet myths, which is that egg whites are better for you than whole eggs.

As the Inquisitr reported, a recent study compared low-fat diets and low-carb diets to determine which is more effective for weight loss and health. Researchers discovered that dieters on low carb weight loss plans lost an average of eight pounds more. They also lost more body fat and scored lower on tests used to predict the risk of a stroke or a heart attack.

Dr. Lydia Bazzano of Tulane University in New Orleans conducted the study. She revealed that she was particularly impressed by the scores as well as the weight loss.

“I thought that was a very striking finding,” said the New Orleans researcher.

With this knowledge, is it safe to go on a high fat low carb diet such as the Atkins ketogenic diet plan that can result in fast weight loss? Researchers recently compared dieters on rapid weight loss programs to those on plans designed to result in slow, steady weight loss. Although health care providers have traditionally warned that slow and steady is the best approach for sustained weight loss, the new study found that rapid weight loss diets actually produced better results, according to CNN.

Only 50 percent of those in the gradual weight loss program achieved their goals. In contrast, more than 80 percent of those in the fast weight loss group succeeded. The researchers theorized that fast weight loss motivates dieters to stick to their plans.

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