Low Carb vs Low Fat Diet

Posted: May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Too many times I had to convince people not to take nutritional advice from their doctors. Frankly, this is beginning to frustrate me to no end. People are very trusting of their doctors and little do they know these doctors have 0 required nutritional courses through school. As a nutritionist I have a scope of practice I need to follow. One of the things I cannot do is diagnose people with illnesses and disease. This is due to the lack of education I have in this. Is it outside the scope of practice for a doctor to prescribe nutritional advice? In my opinion the answer is absolutely yes.
At the bottom of this page I am going to supply a link to a study done back in 2004 that you can take with you to your doctor to refute the standard ADA high carb low fat diets they typically recommend. This study was done on humans and compared a low-carb diet to a low-fat diet and how it affected obesity and hyperlipidemia.
The low-carb diet proved to be more sustainable, better at promoting fat loss, increased our “good” HDL cholesterol, and decreased serum tryglycerides much better then the low-fat diet. For those of you already eating this way I know you already know all of this stuff because you have all seen it firsthand. It is time for everyone to get on board with proper nutrition and help people get healthier. Here is the link: http://www.annals.org/content/140/10/769.abstract

  1. mcrow says:

    I think the thing people do not realize is that fat intake does not matter to lipid levels as carb intake does. Increased carbs typicallyr results in higher lipid levels as well, where as higher fat diets generally do not contribute much to lipid levels. However, when it comes to weight loss it’s all about calories in VS calories out but having good lipid levels is a good thing for your health.

    • Gut health, stress, addictive properties of food, leptin resistance, and insulin resistance all play a role. Calories in and calories out is not the answer. I have some old posts that discuss many of these aspects and a gut health one coming out. Here are some links:

      Food Addiction



      Stress and the Hunger Response


      Stress and Neurotransmitters


      Also, check out http://www.chriskresser.com and http://www.thewholehealthsource.com for more in depth info on some of these topics

      • mcrow says:

        I’ve read a good number of the posts relating to nutrtion on your blog and ones you did elsewhere but still don’t see where you can break the laws of physics. Sure, hormone levels ..ect might affect how many calories you expend but it is still a matter of calories in vs calories out.

      • You can’t count your way around poor food choices. Here is a list of references that I used for a current research paper, check them out.
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        M. Vijay-Kumar et al. Altered Gut Microbiota in Toll-Like Receptor-5 (TLR5) Deficient Mice Results in Metabolic Syndrome. http://www.pubmed.gov. Retrieved on May 7, 2012.
        Turnbaugh, Peter (2004). An obesity associated gut microbiome with increased capacity for energy harvest.
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        Elenkov, Ilia (1999). Stress hormones th1/th2 patterns, pro/anti-inflammatory cytokines, and susceptibility to disease. http://www.pubmed.gov. Retrieved on May 7, 2012
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        Noble, Ernest (1993). D2 Dopamine Receptor Gene and Obesity. http://www.foodaddictionsummit.org. Retrieved on May 7, 2012.
        Gold, Mark (2011). Obesity and Addiction. University of Florida Medical Center. Retrieved on May 7, 2012.
        Drewnowski, A (1995). Naloxone, an opiate blocker, reduces the consumption of sweet high-fat foods in obese and lean female binge eaters. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved on May 7, 2012.
        Avena, NM (2008). Evidence for Sugar Addiction: Behavioral and Neurochemical Effects of Intermittent Excessive Intake. Neuroscience Biobehavioral Rev. Retrieved on May 7, 2012.
        Wurtman, Richard (2003). Effects of normal meals rich in carbohydrates or protein on plasma tryptophan and tyrosine levels. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Retrieved on May 7, 2012.
        Selye, Hans (1945). The General Adaptation Syndrome and the Diseases of Adaptation. The Endocrine Society. Retrieved on May 7, 2012.
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        Chen, RZ (2003). Chronic administration of nalmefene leads to increased food intake and body weight gain in mice. http://www.pubmed.gov. Retrieved on May 7, 2012.

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