As a Registered Dietitian, I used to tell people to cut down on total fat and animal fat in particular, eat at least 6 servings of grains per day and 7 or more fruits/vegetables daily. I recommended skim milk, skinless chicken and processed food (you have to eat processed food in order to follow a low fat diet because real food won’t fit in the guidelines). I told people to eat less and exercise more. I gained weight following my own advice.
A few years ago, I did something I had never done before. I began to look at the science myself to see why I believed what I believed about nutrition. What I discovered shocked me! The science used to back up our nutrition policies was pretty flimsy and studies that contradicted our beliefs were labeled as a “paradox” or dismissed with the statement “requires more research.” Some evidence suggested that the advice I was giving out was actually causing heart disease, diabetes and obesity!
I, personally, have been criticized for questioning conclusions drawn by universally accepted studies that claim to support a low fat diet. I believe science should be an open field where we can objectively discuss the outcomes of studies to make sure we have come to the scientifically correct conclusions rather than the politically accepted conclusion. Unfortunately, the nutrition police refuse to even discuss the possibility that our outdated theories might be doing more harm than good.
My personal experience on a diet high in saturated fat and devoid of vegetable oils with limited grains is that I don’t have any asthma or allergy symptoms and do not need any medication. I also lose weight effortlessly. My experience is not proof positive for everyone, but I believe everyone has the right to know all the facts so they can truly make an informed choice about their health.
Our unscientific fear of fat has fueled our insane obsession with thinness in this country placing people on an endless cycle of shame, guilt and frustration just because they can’t achieve some arbitrary number on the scale. We have rising rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, ADHD, asthma and autism. What we are doing isn’t working. It’s time to stand up for yourself and take charge of your health.
Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research and find what works best for you. Don’t change anything unless you are comfortable doing so and make sure you discuss any changes with your doctor. With Find Your Weigh, you will hear the other side of the nutrition story so you can make a truly informed choice about your health.
Just in case it’s not obvious from the above, I, Annette Presley RDN, disagree with the nutrition advice regarding lipid disorders that is universally accepted as evidenced-based practice in dietetics. Therefore, my advice regarding fat is neither sponsored, endorsed, approved nor recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) nor the American Dietetic Association. I strongly recommend that you consult with your physician before implementing any of my nutrition recommendations and I strongly recommend that you do your own research..
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