Low carb and Paleo diets called ‘cults’ in new book

Does following a low-carb diet qualify you as a member of a cult? Well, maybe, says the author of a controversial new book Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of US.”

Matt Fitzgerald is also the author of “Racing Weight: How to Get Lean for Peak Performance” and “Racing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes.”

So what’s the bone that he has to pick when it comes to diets, given that he offers diet advice in his own books? Matt’s beef is that so many diet gurus proclaim that there is only one ideal food plan.

He points to the often bewildering contradictions in the weight loss world, with one study proclaiming that plant-based diets are the path to health and happiness, and the next researcher announcing that lean beef is the answer to high blood pressure.

What’s a bewildered dieter to do? Matt’s answer: Become what he calls a diet agnostic. Use your own habits, lifestyle and body type to determine the best diet approach for you.

Offering a different way to look at the best diet is Stefani Ruper. She’s the best-selling author of “Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Life-Long Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence.” And Stefani advocates a balanced Paleo-style diet that you can customize.

For example, take the question of butter, which some are using in their coffee and even as snacks.

“Butter – especially when it comes from grass-fed cows – is a highly nutritious fat. It contains the rare vitamins A, D, and K2. So absolutely I think it is a great part of a balanced diet  But I don’t see any reason for it to be the cornerstone of your diet. Focusing too much on one food always means other good things are getting left out,” points out Stefani.

“Coconut is another excellent fat. So are avocado and olive oils. Why not mix it up from time to time? Other animal products, fruits, and vegetables are also supremely important for meeting your vitamin and mineral needs,” she emphasizes.

For diet advice on low carb or Paleo plans, Stefani recommends (in addition to her own book) Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution, or Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series).”

“For paleo approaches to wellness that do not focus on low-carb or low-fat, I like Paul Jaminet’s “Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eator my own, “Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Life-Long Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence.

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