Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: Ignore “Guidelines” and Do This Instead

Here at Nutritional Anarchy, we’ve long been singing the praises of following grain and gluten-free, low sugar, high protein, and moderate-to-high fat diets.

The low-fat diet trend, which was built upon a shaky foundation of flawed studies, political bias, and deceptive marketing, is crumbling into a pile of rubble.

And for that, we can thank doctors and scientists who aren’t afraid to go against the grain to share the truth with us.

Dr. Sarah Hallberg is one of them. She joins the ranks of Dr. William Davis, Dr. Jack Wolfson, and Dr. David Perlmutter – all physicians who have spoken out about the dangers of high-carbohydrate, low fat diets.

Dr. Sarah is the medical director and founder of the Indiana University-Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program. She runs the website FitterU with science writer Steve Tally.

The welcome page on FitterU, written by Steve, is titled The Weight Loss Carnival of Buncombe and includes the following passage:

Perhaps with the exception of politics, no area of society is as filled with half-truths, folklore, misrepresentations, and outright lies as the weight loss industry. As H.L Mencken said about the former, most weight loss advice is just a carnival of buncombe.

Steve couldn’t be more correct.

He goes on to explain that, while weight loss companies and celebrity-types are known for promoting “snake oil” weight reduction programs and products, there is another source of bad information that has had a larger – and far more detrimental – impact on the health of Americans.

In 1977, a time of disco pants and haircuts, the U.S. government issued nutritional guidelines that called for reduced fat and higher carbohydrates in our diets, and other federal agencies and health groups fell in line. The problem was, as pointed out by science journalist Gary Taubes, there were serious concerns at the time that the guidelines were not based on scientific research, and since then the dietary guidelines have become a fine example of the influence of corporations and special interest groups. So what has happened to obesity rates since the guidelines were issued?

Dr. Sarah recently gave a TEDx talk at Purdue University, and it’s fantastic. In it, she discusses how Type 2 diabetes can be reversed by ignoring the government’s guidelines.

For more on the benefits and science of low carb-high fat (LCHF) diets, please see the Nutrition page of FitterU’s website.

Additional Resources:

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health

Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

About the author

Lisa Egan

Lisa is a researcher and writer who lives in the outskirts of D.C. She has a BS in Health Science with a concentration in Nutrition. Lisa has worked as a personal trainer and nutritionist and is a certified hypnotherapist. She enjoys helping people learn about how to improve their health.

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Donna - May 8, 2015

Most of the illnesses and disease that we suffer correlate to what we eat. We are truly what we eat. High-carbohydrate, low fat diets can cause us to have diabetes, and other conditions, but look, why does high carbohydrate food taste so good. Is like Eve being tested with the apple, what is bad for you should taste bad, and what is good for you should taste good.

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