For decades, weight loss warriors seeking the best diet plans inevitably heard the same advice. Eat less, move more, cut fat. So they reached for their fat-free Snackwell cookies, bought Infomercial gadgets that promised to help them exercise while sitting on the couch, and even bought calorie counters. Just one problem - the world's waistlines keep getting fatter, reported Biz News.
Now, say Paleo diet experts and low-carb weight loss gurus, it's time for the so-called caveman diet to come out of the cave. As part of that effort, sports scientist Professor Tim Noakes hosted the world's first low-carb high-fat diet summit in Cape Town. The speakers ranged from weight loss researchers to physicians, all focused on seeking the answer to the obesity epidemic.
As a result of that summit, the group created a consensus statement revealing their conclusion on what really works for weight loss - and what is a waste of time for expanding waistlines.
"The mainstream dietary advice that we are currently giving to the world has simply not worked," concluded the scientists involved in the international discussion.
"This advice has failed because it completely ignores the history of why and how human nutrition has developed over the past three million years. More importantly, it refuses to acknowledge the presence of insulin resistance (carbohydrate intolerance) as the single most prevalent biological state in modern humans eating according to those current dietary guidelines which promote low-fat and high-carbohydrate intakes."In particular, the scientists and researchers emphasized that those with insulin resistance (linked to diabetes) have the most risk for serious medical problems when they follow the standard low-fat high-carb diet recommendations.
Among those participating in the discussion is Dr. Ann Childers of the Nutrition and Metabolism Society, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and the Weston A. Price Foundation, known for championing lower-carb diets. Dr. Michael Eades is famed as the author of the Protein Power book series, and he also championed the recommendations and conclusions from the summit. In addition, he's an advocate of The Big Fat Surprise, which Dr. Eades terms a game-changer in the way that it reveals how the low-fat high carb diet guidelines came into fruition - and what's wrong with them.
Battling the anti-sugar movement, Dr. Aseem Malhotra is an an interventional cardiologist working with the Action on Sugar group. He contends that sugar, not butter or beef, is the demon when it comes to causing obesity and diabetes.
In 2004, Jimmy Moore defied the fat-free, high carb diet advice given by physicians and went on a high-fat low carb diet that turned into what he's called the the Livin' La Vida Low-Carb movement. He and Dr. Eric Westman, who also participated in the summit, authored a book, Keto Clarity, on the high-fat, low-carb diet plan that Jimmy says saved his life, as they discussed in a recent podcast.
Ketogenic diets, sometimes known as LCHF (low-carb high fat) weight loss plans, are designed to put the body into fat-burning mode. However, it's important to recognize the difference between nutritional ketosis, which weight loss plans such as the Atkins diet advocate, and ketoacidosis, which is a medical concern, points out Dr. William Lagakos of Calories Proper.
As to whether it's dangerous to stay in nutritional ketosis?
"Chronic ketosis doesn't dissolve bones, deteriorate cognitive function, or break your metabolism," says Dr. Lagakos, citing recent low-carb diet studies.
Also advocating low-carb Paleo-style diets is Dr. Mark Hyman, former President Clinton's physician, as the Inquisitr reported. Author of several books, he's designed a three-day plan called the Fat Flush Diet that he says can take off as much as five pounds.
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