Buy avocados, forget calorie counts, and ditch the sugary candy bars to lose weight. Those are the claims of a new obesity research study that turns the advice of eating low-fat foods to lose weight on its head. As reported by the Telegraph, the theory that eating fatty foods can make folks gain weight isn’t necessarily correct. According to a new study by the National Obesity Forum (NOF) and the Public Health Collaboration, telling people that they need to stick to a low-fat diet is a big mistake.
However, the findings don’t mean people should run out and chow down on fried chicken and chocolate candy. They do mean that people who want to lose weight should consider “healthy fats” like avocados — and eat whole foods, including dairy, fish, and lean meats.
In order to reduce cholesterol, dieters have been told to adopt a low-fat diet for years on end. However, the new study claims that the low-fat thinking is based on flawed science — and has encouraged people to snack more and eat more carbs. Shocking accusations that claim a cozy relationship with food industry giants and certain public health interests are also included in the study — charges that the collusion could be the reason for the public being misled about their diets.
Food that are high in saturated fat don’t cause heart disease, claims the study, which has been met with a big backlash. With findings that claim fatty dairy foods like cheese and milk protect the heart, it’s no wonder that the scientific community is up in arms over the new study.
As reported by the New York Post, recent accusations that certain contestants on The Biggest Loser were directed to throw up their meals, only eat 800 calories per day, take bikes into the steam room, and perform other ungodly things to lose weight — including taking illegal drugs — have shifted the focus to healthier ways to lose weight.
The chairman of the National Obesity Forum, Professor David Haslam, noted that a high-carb, low-fat diet wasn’t helping his patients. Haslam said that obesity levels rose as a result of such thinking. Instead, shoppers should stay away from foods splashed with “low-fat” and “low cholesterol” and “light” or “lite” all over their labels.
Whereas the study called for people to embrace healthy fats, it did advise people to stay away from added sugar — and to stop snacking in between meals in order to lose weight. Surprisingly, the NOF study also advised people to stop counting calories, since various foods have a different effect up a person’s metabolism.
For example, an avocado with 235 calories won’t necessarily have the same metabolic effect upon a person as a 235-calorie candy bar. The study also noted the popular saying among bodybuilders, which states that a person can’t out-train a bad diet. That means people cannot necessarily go to the gym and work off every single bad thing they’ve eaten.
Assuming you can exercise and burn off more calories than have been consumed is a fallacy, claims the study. Being obese relates to a person’s hormones, says the new report. That hormonal imbalance could mean that a person can’t necessarily fix their weight problems in the gym.
“Obesity is a hormonal disorder leading to abnormal energy partitioning which cannot be solely fixed by increasing exercise.”
Therefore, anyone who recommends that a person looking to lose weight should eat a low-fat diet with fewer calories and high carbs is setting that person up for failure, says the new report. The NOF study is being met with some criticism, with scientists questioning the evidence in the study.
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