The Low-Carb Diet That Leverages Fat Validated by Science

By Mark Williams, www.rootandsprouts.com
February 23, 2015 Updated: February 23, 2015

Eliminate the Fear of Fat

After many years of low-fat diets and calorie counting being the go-to weight loss solution, science is finally proving the opposite. As a society we’ve been programmed to avoid high fat consumption.

Take a stroll through your local grocery store and you’ll see a multitude of products which claim to be a low-fat addition to a healthy diet.

We deprive ourselves into the suffering that low-fat diets ultimately create. Our bodies need fat, and there is ample evidence that a high fat, low carb diet is the optimal way to propel weight loss and regain good health.

But doesn’t saturated fat cause high cholesterol, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and heart disease?

Nope, the myth has been busted and there is plenty of scientific evidence to back it up.

There’s no denying it anymore, saturated fat does not cause heart disease and never has.

A pivotal meta-analysis of more than 350,000 people tracked for 14 years, 11,000 of whom developed heart disease found no correlation between saturated fat intake and heart disease or stroke.

Another recent study which included 150 men and women of diverse backgrounds were designated to follow either a low fat diet or low carb diet without counting calories for one year.

The findings of the study were shocking to many as those on the low carb diet lost 8% more body fat and actually gained lean muscle mass without additional exercise. Those on the low fat diet lost less weight and lost muscle mass.

Fat Propaganda

The food pyramid has long been used as a guide to healthy eating. Recommended is a low fat diet with plenty of grains and carbohydrates.

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The only thing the food pyramid got right is that we should be eating 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruit daily.

Conflicting research and opinions run rampant in the health world. Most nutritionists are taught to remain strictly in line with the food pyramid principles, even if plenty of studies point out quite the opposite.

Doctors, most who’ve perhaps taken 1 nutrition course in the 8 years of schooling, mostly adhere to the governments recommendations, but at what cost?

The fight against saturated fat began in the 1970’s when Ancel Keys “The Seven Countries” study was published. Researchers found a correlation between saturated fat and heart disease when analyzing data from 12,000 men in seven countries.

Best Sources of Dietary Fats

  • Grass fed pastured meats and their rendered fats
  • Wild game
  • Free run poultry and eggs
  • Wild Fish
  • Grass fed or organic butter
  • Organic Ghee
  • Duck fat
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Olives
  • Organic unpasteurized cheese and dairy
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Krill oil
  • Cod liver oil

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The researchers actually had access to data from 22 countries but chose to leave out the countries who ate high quantities of saturated fat yet still had no incidence of heart disease, how convenient.

The deep flaws in this study don’t stop there, as factors like stress, smoking and sugar consumption were completely ignored. Alas, this became the soap box for doctors and nutritionists everywhere to stand on.

At the same time another researcher John Yudkin was finding more and more evidence correlating between high sugar consumption and heart disease.

While Keys was on the cover of Time magazine, Yudkins findings were widely ignored. The diet dictocrats fully embraced the low fat approach and it became the steadfast recommendation from that time onward.

Now the truth is coming out and the full fledged reality that the food pyramid is actually doing us more harm than good.

Low fat diets promote a host of problems and offer little in the realm of weight loss aside from unnecessary suffering and struggle.

Not to mention their negative effects on brain health, hormones and overall energy.

While most North Americans are still on the low-fat bandwagon, Sweden became the first nation to recommend a high fat diet for its citizens.

More and more prominent health institutions and scientists are recommending people eat more saturated fat and less junk food filled with refined sugars and carbohydrates.

It’s True Trans Fats Are Bad

Trans fats are found in hydrogenated oils, hydrogenation is the process which transforms liquid oil into solid form. This improves shelf life and inhibits the oils from going rancid.

Trans fats weren’t even labelled until 2006, as research started to isolate them from saturated fats.

The main difference between saturated fats and trans fats is that saturated fats are naturally occurring and trans fats are man made and unnatural.

How can we group these two very different fats into the same category you might ask?

Myself and many others asked the same questions for many years and the only answer I’ve found is that when corporations have commercial interests at stake, they’ll do just about anything to make sure they won’t be at a loss.

There isn’t much money in a diet rich in nutrients, compared to one which promotes illness and weight retention.

The pharmaceutical industry is counting on people getting sick and the weight loss industry needs people to be fat.

Research surrounding the dangers of trans fats shows they lead to weight gain and some doctors recommend that banning them would save lives.

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All the while eating mostly animal foods, high in saturated fat. To many this sort of diet sounds like a recipe for heart disease, but quite the opposite is true. (Ansgar Walk. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons)

The Diet of Our Ancestors

Sally Fallon, author and long time proponent of ancestral diets and the research done by Weston A. Price on the high fat diets of our healthy ancestors, calls out the fat propaganda in her book Nourishing Traditions.

The diet dictocrats and politically correct nutrition as she calls it, isn’t in alignment with what our ancestors ate and thrived on. According to the research of Weston A. Price, a dentist who studied ancestral cultures long before most of them disappeared, showed in his findings that primitive peoples lack tooth decay, have strong bone formation, and are free of the diseases which plague modern society.

All the while eating mostly animal foods, high in saturated fat. To many this sort of diet sounds like a recipe for heart disease, but quite the opposite is true 

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