Low-Fat Diets Do Not Facilitate Weight Loss

November 29, 2009 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Low-Fat Diets Do Not Facilitate Weight Loss
A European study analyzed dietary fat intake and weight gain in 89,432 men and women. It found that the percentage of dietary fat1 had no statistical impact on body weight, leading the researchers to conclude “These findings do not support the use of low-fat diets to prevent weight gain.”

When you consider the amount of money wasted on promoting low-fat diets by the American Heart Association, American Dietetics Association, and others it makes you wonder what their actual agenda may be. It is obvious that excess consumption of calories is a problem. However, one factor that makes people overeat is a lack of dietary fat. Fat helps certain aspects of the full signal as well as telling your subconscious brain that you are not starving. Targeting fat itself as the problem is not supported by science.

Learning to eat in harmony with leptin is the key to helping your metabolism work at a more optimal pace. Fat in moderation as part of a healthy diet is perfectly acceptable. This very large study casts doubt on public health dogma that has failed to produce results for decades, as society continues to head towards ever-increasing rates of obesity and diabetes.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Dietary Fat Percentage Not Relevant to Weight Gain  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition  Nita G Forouhi, Stephen J Sharp, Huaidong Du, Daphne L van der A, Jytte Halkjær, Matthias B Schulze, Anne Tjønneland, Kim Overvad, Marianne Uhre Jakobsen, Heiner Boeing, Brian Buijsse, Domenico Palli, Giovanna Masala, Edith JM Feskens, Thorkild IA Sørensen

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