Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Low-fat diets are a Nutritional Myth

Dietary guidelines commonly given to patients for weight loss and cholesterol control are not effective, according to a review article in American Family Physician.  Diets higher in fat produce and sustain as much or more weight loss than lower fat or calorie-restricted diets—this is supported by an A-level evidence rating.  The problem foods are simple carbohydrates, ultra-processed foods, junk foods, and preserved meats, which should be avoided, especially if you have pre-diabetes, diabetes, obesity, or the metabolic syndrome.

See the American Family Physician, May 1, 2015 issue, p. 635-636.

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