low-fat diet

  1. Low-fat diet can be deadly

    Why the low-fat diet can be a deadly mistake

    Looking back, I’m sure you can think of a ton of things that seemed like good ideas…at the time.

    Can you say “bell bottoms”…“disco”…or…“Crocs”?

    Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but there’s one very current bad idea that I want to address right now – because it may do so much damage, we may not be able to reap the benefits of hindsight until it’s too late.

    It’s one of the most popular diets today: the low-fat diet.

    For more than half a century, doctors across the country and even major health organizations have been pushing the badly oversimplified message that we need to cut our fat intake. But a major new study finds that this bad advice has been KILLING people around the world.

    By now, almost everyone recognizes that there are good fats and bad ones, yet some 50,000 Americans die every year of heart disease because they’re not eating the good, healthy fats – specifically, the polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds and fatty fish.

    That’s a recipe for a diet disaster, because missing out on polyunsaturated fats means missing out on the omega-3 fatty acids that are so essential to your heart, brain, eyes, and more.

    As for those saturated fats that are supposed to be so darned bad for you, they’re not quite the villain they’ve been made out to be.

    Sure, if you consume too much of them, they are – but the study finds that just 3.6 percent of all deaths from heart disease are due to eating too much saturated fat.

    By comparison, more than 10 percent of all deaths from the disease are from NOT getting ENOUGH of the essential polyunsaturated fats.

    The new study isn’t perfect. It recommends people get more omega-6 fatty acids, when in reality, we should be more focused on increasing our intake of omega-3 fatty acids and achieving a roughly equal balance of omega 3 to omega 6.

    Right now, most Americans consume roughly 15 times more omega 6 than omega 3. And I don’t know about you, but I haven’t noticed the country getting any HEALTHIER as a result.

    You can swing your fat ratio around for the better and enjoy many of the foods you already love – and even drop a few pounds – by switching to a common-sense Mediterranean diet.

    Not coincidentally, this diet has proven to cut your heart risk almost in half, and you can read all about it for free right here.

  2. Mediterranean diet can keep pounds off for good

    No gimmicks -- but it works

    Trendy diets come and go all the time. Cleansing diets, cookie diets, celebrity diets and how many people out there have a juicer gathering dust in a forgotten corner of the kitchen?

    Don't be shy, you're not alone -- Jack LaLanne was an excellent salesman.

    But there's one diet that's withstood both the test of time and rigorous scientific scrutiny. In fact, it's aced just about every study that's come its way.

    It doesn't make headlines because there are no gimmicks, no devices to buy, and no celebrities to endorse it.

    But it works.

    It's the Mediterranean diet, a sensible lifestyle with a wide range of healthy food choices that's scientifically proven to help people to lose weight and keep it off -- and a new study shows that it succeeds where most other diets fail.

    And that's in the long term.

    After six years, moderately overweight volunteers who tried a Mediterranean diet lost more weight -- and kept more weight off -- than those who were assigned to either a low-carb or low-fat diet.

    What makes this study even more amazing is that it only lasted two years, officially.

    In that time -- during the official study -- both low-carbers and those on the Mediterranean diet lost an average of about 10 pounds, while those who went low-fat lost 6.4 pounds.

    Then, they were free to go ahead and do whatever they wanted. Amazingly, not everyone ran right out to McDonald's. Many of them stuck to their diets, on their own.

    And four years after the study ended -- six years after it began -- everyone regained some weight, but the Mediterranean dieters regained the least.

    They were 7 pounds lighter overall, on average, while the low-carbers were nearly 4 pounds lighter. Those on the low-fat diet, on the other hand, regained nearly everything.

    The benefits didn't end there. The patients who stuck to the Mediterranean diet had the biggest improvements in LDL cholesterol levels, and just about tied with the low-carbers for improvements in triglycerides.

    The study didn't track everything, but we know from other research that people who follow the Mediterranean diet get a bunch of other great benefits, too -- including a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, and more.

    One study I told you about recently even found that Mediterranean dieters have better overall physical function and mental health, higher levels of vitality, and lower levels of pain.

    It's not just that the Mediterranean diet is better than all the other diets, although that's certainly part of it.

    No, the real reason is that many diets -- even the healthy ones -- are often far too difficult for people to follow over the long term. Who can count calories every day? Who has the willpower to give up bread forever? Who can live off "low fat" foods all the time?

    The Mediterranean lifestyle solves all those problems and more by offering a wide range of delicious foods, few sacrifices, and absolutely no math.

    Just stick to sensible portions and give up fast food, processed foods, and the worst of the snacks and you'll find out firsthand why this diet doesn't just work -- it lasts.

  3. The cancer-busting diet you can start today

    What do tumors and bellies have in common? They both get bigger on a high-carb diet.
  4. Repairing the heart—and the soul

    Many people who undergo heart bypass surgery find themselves battling an unexpected side effect: depression.
  5. Low-carb bad for the heart? Don't swallow this one

    Is a low-fat diet better for your heart? You can bet your ticker it's not – but you won't learn the truth by reading the latest study to hit the mainstream media.
  6. Don't ignore this deadly threat to your heart

    A new study shows that a third of all Americans have elevated levels of triglycerides.
  7. War on fat is killing Americans

    We have more evidence that mainstream medicine's war on fat is not just misguided – it's killing us.

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