Saturday, December 24, 2005

Weight Loss Advice That Doesn't Entice

With people starting to think about weight loss as a New Year's resolution over the next few days after feeling guilty about their eating habits over the Christmas holidays, we're gonna be hearing a lot of advice for people about losing weight heading into the New Year's rush to set resolutions for 2006.

It shouldn't surprise anyone that the so-called "experts" in the field of health, fitness and nutrition will be out in full-force pushing the low-fat/low-calorie/portion-control mantra they always do and this story is no exception.

Low-fat and fitness advocate Cindy Pryor answered the following question from a reader to her Public Opinion health column this week:

"What types of food should I absolutely, completely avoid if I'm looking to lose weight?"

As someone who believes that fat is bad for you, Pryor's answer is as expected:

"Try to avoid foods that are high in saturated fats, sugars and salt. Dishes with cream sauces, gravies, oil and butter should also be avoided.

Instead of high-calorie desserts, choose fresh fruits, sorbet or angel food cake."

I agree with the sugar and salt part, but saturated fat can indeed be good for you.

As for desserts, fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries or blackberries dipped in whipped cream and even drizzled with sugar-free chocolate is so yummy. But skip the high-sugar sorbet or the carb-loaded angel food cake. Your body doesn't need that many carbs which will turn right around into sugar and make you fatter than you were before.

The kicker to me was when Pryor concluded her advice with the following:

"Remember -- the best way to permanently lose weight is to consistently eat a low-fat diet and exercise on a regular basis.'

Like I wrote about in my previous post, with low-fat diets I've been there, done that, and they made me fat!

The lie that eating low-fat is the ONLY way to find permanent weight loss success will continue to plague our society as long as people like Pryor keep spouting off idiocy like this. A recent study found that eating MORE fat and less carbs is good for heart health and weight management.

Why don't these people try telling the truth for a change and admit there are MANY ways for people to lose weight. People sometimes accuse me of claiming that low-carb is the ONLY way for people to lose weight and keep it off. But I have never EVER claimed low-carb is the sole way for people to lose weight like the low-fat supporters such as Pryor have.

Instead, what I tell people is to do what works for you and stick with it -- PERMANENTLY! If low-fat diets and the hunger pangs that come with them work for you, then knock yourself out. That will be your lot in life forever and ever and ever, amen.

But low-carb living offers anyone wanting a satisfying, delicious and nutritious way of eating a healthy alternative to the failed diets of their past.

I cannot and will not stop defending the low-carb lifestyle and touting the benefits of it because I have FINALLY been able to overcome my addiction to carbohydrates and sugar and get my weight under control for good.

Weighing over 400 pounds is NOT a fun experience and I never want to go back there again. Yet advice from people like Pryor shatters the glimmer of hope that people who are desperate to lose weight have because all they can think about is how awful it would be to be forced to "consistently eat a low-fat diet" to permanently lose weight.

Let me share some truth about Pryor's proclamation: LIE LIE LIE LIE LIE!!! Can I say it again? LIE!!!!

The science is there that shows low-carb works to help people lose weight and improve their health. Low-fat/low-calorie diets fail miserably for so many of us while low-carb is the answer to a lifetime of weight problems.

Studies have shown that low-carb has a metabolic advantage over low-fat diets and that actually eating a low-fat diet can make you fatter! EEEEK! Furthermore, your exercise workout routine is enhanced when you are low-carbin' it as opposed to being a low-fattie. Now there's a good reason to start livin' la vida low-carb.

Send Cindy Pryor an e-mail and tell her what you think about her one-sided weight loss advice. She really ought to educate herself a little more about the low-carb lifestyle if she's going to be giving out good advice to her readers about weight loss and fitness. Tell her class is always in session at the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb" blog. ;)


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