Fat and how it relates to weight loss
|Heart Surgeon Says Low Fat is a Big Fat Lie
By Dr. Dwight Lundell, M.D.
What you are about to read requires an open mind. You have to look at facts instead of massive advertising and failed, faulty theories. Are you ready?
Fact: From 1900 to 1980, obesity rates in the US remained stable at 14% to 15% of the population. Since 1980, however, obesity rates have skyrocketed. Today, nearly 66% of the population is overweight or obese. This spike is directly linked to the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) creation of the food pyramid, advocating 11 daily servings of grains and cereals. This is not a coincidence.
For most of my 25 year career and 5,000 heart surgeries, I accepted low-fat dieting theories. I also believed the theory that dietary cholesterol was a primary cause of heart disease. But as heart disease continued to soar, year after year, my doubts began to haunt me.
I treated thousands of patients after they became ill. The question that haunted me was what was causing heart disease, obesity and diabetes in the first place? As I examined the data, it was clear that these conditions spiked in the 1980s and continued to climb.
Study after study has demonstrated the negative effects of consuming a grain-based, low-fat, high-sugar diet. On the other hand, there is no credible evidence to suggest that a low-fat diet equals lower incidences of heart disease and obesity. In fact, all the evidence proves otherwise. The low-fat and cholesterol theories are based on incomplete science.
“We are what we eat” is a slogan that is often repeated. But it is not quite accurate. Instead of focusing on what we put inside our bodies, we should focus on how our bodies metabolize the foods we put there. And how we metabolize low-fat, high-sugar and grain-based foods is clearly reflected in obesity and heart disease statistics.
Fact: 65% of the nation is overweight or obese. More people develop heart disease today than ever before at an earlier age. Every 34 seconds a person in this country loses their life to a heart attack. That’s 2,500 a day.
The National Institutes of Health, the National Cholesterol Education Program, the American Heart Association, the US Department of Agriculture and a host of other medical organizations continue to promote a low-fat diet and statin medications to reduce cholesterol.
These organizations are wrong, but to admit it threatens their bottom line. You don’t have time to wait for government, the medical community and food manufacturers to admit their mistake. And you can stop blaming yourself for excess pounds and ill-health, if you have faithfully followed their mistaken regime. Your life and health happens now and it’s in your control.
The cholesterol and low-fat theories are firmly planted in our consciousness. From the advice of our physicians, to the TV ads for statin drugs, to the grocery store aisles packed with low-fat foods… these faulty theories are reinforced at every turn. Their powerful marketing may be persuasive, but it is not scientific fact.
Here’s the first step that will go a long way to improving your health. Return to the diet of your grandparents, before governments and food manufacturers declared war on fat and real food to fit faulty theories. Your grandparents were not afraid to drink real milk and eat eggs, butter and red meat.
I am not advocating these foods in large quantities. But their elimination, in favor of low-fat, high-sugar, grain-based foods has resulted in inflammation and staggering rates of obesity.
Packaged low-fat foods created for shelf life – not human life – never touched your grandparents’ plates. Hydrogenated omega-6 vegetable oils and margarine were not even invented. For your grandparents, sugar was a treat reserved for special occasions. Today, it has become a daily staple.
The drug companies have done a magnificent job convincing us that we cannot get well without medication. This is not true. Your body is a tremendous, self-healing organism. When you consume real food and essential nutrients, it will respond and flourish.
Low-fat packaged foods, filled with sugar and omega-6 oils, strongly contribute to inflammation. This is the true cause of heart disease, diabetes and a host of other diseases. There is no better time than right now to understand how the faulty cholesterol theory created an epidemic of inflammation and what you can do about it. You only have one heart. Keeping it healthy is not nearly as difficult as you might think.
Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital, Mesa, AZ. He is the founder of Healthy Humans Foundation and Chief Medical Advisor for Asantae. In 2003, Dr. Lundell made the most difficult decision of his 25 year surgical career. Â As traditional medicine continued to chase the cholesterol theory of heart disease, Dr. Lundell closed his surgical practice. He then devoted the rest of his life to speaking the truth that inflammation causes heart disease. By lowering inflammation, heart disease has a cure.