Could low fat diets be a contributing factor in obesity?
Scientific studies dating as far back as the 1940’s showed that there may be some connection to high fat diets and high-cholesterol levels. In the 1960’s we see for the first time that a low-fat diet may be a good idea for everyone not just high risk heart patients. In the 1980’s physicians, federal government agencies and the food industry began overwhelmingly to promote low fat diets as healthy even though there still was now clear evidence that it did prevent heart disease or weight loss. What is really interesting is in the same time period that we as a nation embraced low-fat diets we have seen obesity reach epidemic levels and we have see no change in cardiovascular events.
In fact to the contrary to the medical establishment’s warnings, we saw that those people that embraced the Atkins diet, which promotes high protein and higher fats actually saw a reduction in triglyceride levels and an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol.
Keep watching because in the very near future I will be launching a series of blog posts answering the question, “Why do diets fail?”