H/T: Los Angeles Times
After painting low-carb diets and dieters as crazy, endangering their lives by avoiding sugars and starches, it’s looking like they weren’t so crazy after all.
“Fat is not the problem,” says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases.”
This isn’t coming from just any run-of-the-mill diet book writer, looking to sell a fad. It’s not coming from “government scientists”, with their food triangle that was created to prop up farmers. It’s from real doctors and scientists at a respected institution.
What they’re saying is what we’ve (low-carbers) have been saying all along. Carbs (sugars and starches) cause several problems:
- High insulin levels
- Insulin resistance
- High levels of triglycerides
- High blood pressure
- Central obesity
- Low HDL cholesterol
- Elevated glucose levels
All of these can lead to diabetes and heart disease. So, what should we do?
Dr. Stephen Phinney, a nutritional biochemist and an emeritus professor of UC Davis says, “Put these people on a low-carb diet and they’ll not only lose weight, which always helps these conditions, but their blood levels will improve”.
10 years ago I dropped 78 pounds in one year with my only exercise being a 1-mile walk per day. I did it by eating strictly low-carb foods. I gained it back when I started eating carbs again, unfortunately. Now I’ve dropped 59 pounds over the last 12 months with little to no exercise. My LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood pressure, etc… are perfect. It works.