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Low Fat Diets and How They  Don't Work

Are you still caught up in the low-fat mantra of the past couple decades?  Do you think you can't eat much fat if you are trying to lose weight?  These ideas are still so prevalent in our media and in the low-fat products you see everywhere that it's no wonder you may still believe this.  In fact, even many doctors still believe this. 

U.S. Center for Disease Control
Figures for 1999


Obese or Overweight Adults:  64 % or 2/3 of all adults!
Obese or Overweight Children:  33% or 1/3 of children!

More Facts: 

  • In the past 30 years, the number of overweight children has doubled
  • In just the past decade,  obesity rates in the U.S. are 2 1/2 times higher. 

Fifty years ago, only a small percentage of the population had problems with their weight.  Now it's an epidemic!  All this has happened while we cut back from 40 to around 32 percent fat as a percentage of our diet.  Hmm, perhaps this has something do do with the fact that not only does saturated fat per se NOT cause heart disease, but the essential fat soluble vitamins A & D are found in large quantities only in saturated fat-containing foods like egg yolks, butter, cream, whole milk and liver.  Maybe it's also because minerals need fats and the fat soluble vitamin A in order to be properly absorbed and utilized by the body.

This shows that low-fat diets not only don't work, but they're low in vitamins A & D, they're not healthy, not natural, and they tend to promote weight gain!  Research confirms this statement.  The famous Framingham Study that started in 1948 is still going on, and it shows that the more saturated fat, the more calories, and the more cholesterol a person ate, the lower their serum cholesterol!  The results also show that the more fat they ate, the less they weighed! 

So, we are eating less fat as a nation, and getting far less of the fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin D, but are gaining weight.  Another reason for the low fat diets not working is that since fat gives foods much of their flavor, when manufacturers cut out the fat, they add sugar, MSG and other chemicals to the food to enhance the taste.  These can all have adverse effects on both our weight and our health.  In fact, MSG is fed to laboratory animals in order to fatten them up for experiments in which they need obese rats!

So go back to eating full fat dairy products, put butter on your vegetables, cream in your soup.  Eat beef and liver.  Just try to use grass-fed, free-range animal sources, and if you're like most people, it will be far easier for you to lose weight and you will add some much needed vitamin A and vitamin D into your diet at the same time.

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