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.