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October 5, 2012
September 28, 2012
 
Eating for Health AND Weight
Earlier this week, the New York Times published an opinion piece by Dr. Dean Ornish entitled “Eating for Health, Not Weight.
Dr. Ornish states, “Perhaps the biggest misconception is that as long as you lose weight, it doesn’t matter what you eat. But it does… Some diets that may help you lose weight may be harmful to your health over time.”
To illustrate his point, Dr. Ornish brought up a recent study that made news. The study concluded that a low-carb diet may be preferable for maintaining weight loss, because it results in a smaller decrease in calorie expenditure compared to other diets, theoretically making it possible to eat more calories and maintain the same weight.1
The number of calories burned (“metabolism”) is irrelevant when the diet is based on disease-causing foods. What good is weight loss if the weight loss diet brings on heart disease, diabetes, and/or cancer?
News like this sends a dangerous message to the American public, making low-carbohydrate diets seem very attractive. Dr. Ornish adds, “never underestimate the power of telling people what they want to hear — like cheeseburgers and bacon are good for you.”
Dr. Ornish makes an excellent point in his article. The only thing is, we should also make the point that the diet-style most favorable for health is also the most favorable for weight loss. You don’t have to choose one or the other.
Putting the emphasis on health instead of weight takes one off the dieting merry-go-round, and into a healthful, sustainable eating style that produces effortless weight loss as a side effect.
Our nation’s current eating habits are beyond fattening – they are destructive to our physical and emotional health, and the future health of our children and their children. Dr. Ornish says “About 75 percent of the $2.8 trillion in annual health care costs in the United States is from chronic diseases that can often be reversed or prevented altogether by a healthy lifestyle.”
The only reason a nutritarian diet is not promoted by all as the answer to our nation’s health problems is that it is not favorable to the pharmaceutical industry, the high-tech medical procedure and medical industries, and the powerful food interests and chemical industry that heavily influence government. Powerful economic forces favor the status quo.
If I was in a position of political influence and power it would be G-BOMBS in every pot.
References:
1. Ebbeling CB, Swain JF, Feldman HA, et al. Effects of dietary composition on energy expenditure during weight-loss maintenance. JAMA 2012;307:2627-2634.
2. Wycherley TP, Brinkworth GD, Keogh JB, et al. Long-term effects of weight loss with a very low carbohydrate and low fat diet on vascular function in overweight and obese patients. J Intern Med 2010;267:452-461. 3. de Koning L, Fung TT, Liao X, et al. Low-carbohydrate diet scores and risk of type 2 diabetes in men. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;93:844-850. 4. Fung TT vDR, Hankinson SE,Stampfer M, Willett WC, Hu FB. Low-Carbohydrate Diets and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality: Two Cohort Studies. Ann Intern Med 2010;153:289-298.
5. Trichopoulou A, Psaltopoulou T, Orfanos P, et al. Low-carbohydrate-high-protein diet and long-term survival in a general population cohort. Eur J Clin Nutr 2007;61:575-581. 6. Lagiou P, Sandin S, Lof M, et al. Low carbohydrate-high protein diet and incidence of cardiovascular diseases in Swedish women: prospective cohort study. BMJ 2012;344:e4026.
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