I am a case in point. I happily maintained a healthy weight in good health for years on a low-fat vegan diet. When I decided that I would add more nuts and seeds, the weight started to creep up. Thanks to you and Chef AJ bringing this issue to my attention, I have returned to the low-fat whole foods vegan diet (aka McDougalling) and over the past month, have lost 3 of the excess pounds of fat. I'm eating all I want of low-fat plant foods, so no suffering with hunger. I'm grateful to have had this opportunity to mend my ways. I do feel better, in a lot of subtle ways in addition to the improved BMI.
It's been just over 2 months now of eating 100% low-fat, whole plant foods (eliminated ALL oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, chocolate, Durien. I've lost 11 pounds while eating all I want. There are other improvements too: I always used to enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, which went by the wayside once I got into "treating" myself with high fat foods. I have started opening my recipe books again! Yay!
I added up the calories from fat that I had been eating before the change; it was amazing how fast it added up! According to my calculator (9 calories per gram of fat) I was eating about 500 calories JUST from fat. I had been "justing" myself into gaining weight: JUST a 1/4 of an avocado on my salad,JUST one piece of Durien, JUST 1 ounce of chocolate, JUST 1/4 cup of unsalted cashews... as if saying "just" somehow magically takes away the high fat content.
Hello everyone who is interested in this topic. It's been about 4 months for me now of eating only low-fat whole plant foods, and to date, I've lost 20 lbs. I've been stable at this point for several weeks, so I suspect this may be the bottom of my weight loss. I look & feel much better. When I was going up a steep flight of stairs recently, I realized how much easier it is now. That 20 lbs was like carrying 4 five pound gym weights with me everywhere!
There already has been a lot of research done on IGf-1 and plant-based diet. Dr. Michael Greger offers a number of presentations on it on his website: http://nutritionfacts.org/index.php?s=growth+hormone As we might expect, the low-fat plant based diet does in fact lower IGF-1 dramatically, without fasting.
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Would you take Ancel Keys seriously, simply because he was a Scientist? What about his flawed Lipid Hypothesis?
All people -- Scientists, Doctors, English Majors -- are fallible. The person of value and integrity is the one that can say "In light of this new data, I can see that my previous position was wrong."
People all over the world thrive on a variety of diets. Stop placing people on a pedestal and claiming their way is the "only" or the "right" way.
A fact is only a fact until it's proven wrong.
So many things over the last 50 years (especially) have been proven wrong. Yet, we keep the misinformation alive in the collective psyche by continuing to regurgitate it without actually doing our own research.
Example: "Everyone KNOWS that saturated fat causes heart disease!" Right? WRONG!
I'm not trying to convince anyone to eat meat, not eat meat, or debate anyone about the ethics of eating animals. That's none of my business.
What I AM suggesting, however, is to become TRULY informed, before rendering a life-altering decision about what you put into your body. Then, living with the consequences of your decision.
This means going beyond the headlines of CNN and Yahoo. It also means going into the opposition's camp with an inquisitive mind and a desire to find what's true for you -- not simply for the sake of being "right."
In closing, no matter what path people follow, I hope they do it with enough information from ALL sides. Then, they become responsible for their own health, rather than abdicating it to others. When we get so entrenched in a position, we become more concerned about being "right" than being "correct." I wish for everyone to thrive.
Just wanted to point out there has been a new report by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluding nut consumption does not cause weight gain and may actually have a modest slimming effect. The report is based on a review of thirty-one studies in which subjects added nuts to their diet and replaced other foods with nuts. I happen to be terrible with computers so I can't link to the report but it was released by Reuters. Sorry to reignite this controversy but I couldn't resist. I doubt this will change many minds but I would still be interested to hear why this latest report doesn't hold water. Thanks
Yes, have seen that new one, which is a nut-industry funded study of a number of nut-industry studies, most of which studies actually had little to do with weight loss. In fact it "reviews" several of the same studies we already debunked, where nut-eaters were fed fewer calories during the study period when their weight started to go up, so that there would be no weight gain. In other words, it's another nonsense study from the free-spending nut industry.
A little busy right now, but we will be taking that one apart before too long. Meanwhile, Chef AJ has lost way more weight since this series of articles went up...doing nothing other than eliminate the "recommended" amount of daily nuts from her diet.
Nuts are great! They're healthy! But they're not "super foods" and the science, when it's actually examined and not just skimmed over, shows they do make most people gain weight if they simply add them and don't use them to replace.
Well, if you do care too much, you probably will leave less and stressed. Mental disorder is abused, but I am sure that too much of obsession is harmful. Proved http://en.optimeez.com
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