A new report by the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration has indicated that popular belief that low fat diets are good for weight loss is not correct and that it is actually failing to address Britain’s current obesity crisis.
“As a clinician, treating patients all day every day, I quickly realised that guidelines from on high, suggesting high carbohydrate, low fat diets were the universal panacea, were deeply flawed.”
“Current efforts have failed – the proof being that obesity levels are higher than they have ever been, and show no chance of reducing despite the best efforts of Government and scientists.”
They also indicated that one of the main reasons for people becoming fat is that they are choosing to snack between meals.
What did the report reveal?
The report indicated that we should return to eating more “whole foods”, such as meat fish and dairy, as well as other foods such as avocados that are high in healthy fats.
Whole foods are foods that are not processed, or minimally processed and are more like their natural form.
Full fat dairy foods that include milk, yoghurt and cheese that was once thought to cause heart disease was also shown in the report to actually protect your heart.
These full fat dairy foods were also said to:
“Eating a diet rich in full fat dairy – such as cheese, milk and yoghurt – can actually lower the chance of obesity.”
Processed foods with labels such as “low fat”, “lite”, “low cholesterol” or “proven to lower cholesterol” were also recommended to be avoided.
Sugar and diets that involve calorie counting are also to be avoided.
What you should be eating is diet low in refined carbohydrates but high in healthy fats, as this is..
“..an effective and safe approach for preventing weight gain and aiding weight loss.”
It has also been shown to cut the risk of heart disease.
While foods such as meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, olive, avocados, all contain saturated fats, which were once demonised, this has led to certain healthy foods being avoided.
This new report however, shows that perhaps our long-term thinking has been wrong. I certainly welcome this news as these full fat foods are certainly more tasty than those promoted as “low fat”.