Why low carb diets trump calorie-restricted plans

If you’re busily counting calories and can’t figure out why you aren’t losing weight, Dr. William Lagakos, author of “The poor, misunderstood calorie: calories proper,” can tell you why: Counting calories to lose weight fails for most dieters. Famed for his brilliant blogs on caloriesproper.com, Lagakos is one of the leaders in explaining why and how to focus on carbohydrates.

But it’s a long and winding road to reversing the food pyramid.

When I was growing up, my mother and grandmother used their calorie-counting books as if they were the Bible. “Let’s see, a piece of toast has 80 calories,” my mother would say at breakfast, writing down her toast in the little notebook that she toted everywhere. “I’m having Special K cereal,” Grandma would declare, carefully measuring out her serving. “It says on the package it makes you thin.”  They bought fat-free products, restricted calories, avoid any form of fat and advised me to do the same.

My grandmother developed type 2 diabetes; my mother developed problems ranging from heart disease to high blood pressure to Alzheimer’s.

What I realized several years ago: The calorie-counting method fails for weight loss and health.  A noted physician recently referred to it as the “accounting approach of weight loss:” Learn more by clicking here.

Now a growing group of health experts are revealing why counting calories is a big fat failure, as documented in the bestseller “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.”

But here’s the frustrating irony: For decades, studies about how and why low carb diets are more effective than low-fat, calorie restricted plans have existed.

Citing a recent study comparing the American Diabetes Association diet to a ketogenic low carb plan, Dr. Lagakos noted: “This study was not ground-breaking; it was confirmation of a phenomenon that is starting to become well-known, and soon to be the status quo. That is, advising an obese diabetic patient to reduce their carb intake consistently produces better results than advising them to follow a low fat, calorie restricted diet.”

And now several new studies are offering additional support for his statement. Get the details, including how high fat low carb diets can help multiple sclerosis, by clicking here.

So just how is the food pyramid doing in terms of keeping pace with these studies? The answer lies in a new book “Death by Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined Our Health.

Author Denise Minger summarized her book in an exclusive interview:

Death by Food Pyramid is an exploration of the politics, wayward science, and chronic misinformation shaping (and damaging) our beliefs about food. Although part of the book discusses the food pyramid itself, it branches far beyond that to look at the last hundred years of nutritional science, our modern confusion about what to eat, and the areas of intersection among all health-promoting diet,” explained Denise.

“At its core, the book strives to help people think critically about nutrition and avoid succumbing to harmful dietary dogma — whether from the USDA or from a popular health guru.” Read the complete interview by clicking here.

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