Low Carb Poses No Arterial Health Risks

By , August 28, 2011

Will a Low-carb, High-fat Diet Clog Your Arteries?

The evidence against dietary fat has always been flimsy, and based mainly on studies more suited to developing a hypothesis than coming to a conclusion. Now evidence is mounting that much of what we have heard is wrong. A report in the Johns Hopkins University Gazette states:

Overweight and obese people looking to drop some pounds and considering one of the popular low-carbohydrate diets, along with moderate exercise, need not worry that the higher proportion of fat in such a program compared to a low-fat, high-carb diet may harm their arteries, suggests a pair of new studies by heart and vascular researchers at Johns Hopkins.

“Overweight and obese people appear to really have options when choosing a weight-loss program, including a low-carb diet, and even if it means eating more fat,” said the studies’ lead investigator, exercise physiologist Kerry Stewart.

Johns Hopkins and Low Carb Diets

Johns Hopkins has been at the forefront of research into various low carb diets, and has been successful in treating various conditions with a low carb, high fat ketogenic diet. They have found them safe in their studies of children with seizure disorder.

Low Carb Age first reported on the new study in our June report on the growing mass media acceptance of low carb diets.

The researchers stress that the direct comparison of a low carb and low fat diet in this study included moderate exercise for both groups. Like many modern press accounts conceding that a low carb diet works, the authors stress the efficiency of the low carb diet in losing weight without killing you. Unspoken, but implied, is the suggestion that once you lose the weight you can return to a higher carb diet.

Why Not Abandon Low Carb After Reaching your Weight Goal?

Abandoning the low carb way of eating after reaching your weight goal is a prescription for disaster, causing the familiar American model of yo-yo dieting. A much better approach is to view a low carb, high fat diet as being a permanent change in lifestyle.

That’s already the case for Hollywood stars like Courtney Thorne-Smith and country singers like Dolly Parton. The significance of Courtney and Dolly is that they represent the top two groups of people who biologically have the hardest time losing and then maintaining weight: pre- and post-menopausal women.

Eventually, mass media will recognize the long term benefits of reducing carbs, eating mainly foods you prepare yourself, and avoiding highly process, artificially sweetened frankenfoods.

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