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Dr. John McDougall is right - low carb diets make you cranky, low-fat makes you happy

ABCNEWS.COM | COURTNEY HUTCHISON | 11/10/09

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This truth is simple and is, therefore, easy to explain. You must eat to live.  But the choice of what you eat is yours. There is an individual, specific diet that best supports the health, function, and longevity of each and every animal. The proper diet for human beings is based on starches. The more rice, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans you eat, the trimmer and healthier you will be--and with those same food choices you will help save the Planet Earth too.
                                  -- Dr. John McDougall, from The Starch Solution


Research has shown that shedding pounds tends to put people in a good mood, but a new study finds that if they're cutting back on carbohydrates, these good vibes may be short-lived.

An Australian research team assessed changes in mood for dieters on either a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet, and found that throughout a year of dieting, a low-fat plan improved overall feelings of well-being.

The low-carb diet on the other hand, had the same mood-boosting effect at first, but this change in mood began to wear off after the first few weeks.

"This outcome suggests that some aspects of the low-carbohydrate diet may have had detrimental effects on mood that ... negated any positive [mood] effects of weight loss," the authors write.

 

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I think it's terrific that ABC News ran this story, but as usual, they missed the boat. They focused only on whether or not people "feel better" consuming a low-fat or a low-carbohydrate diet, and never addressed the health impact of either one. It really doesn't matter if you feel better on a high-fat low-carb diet, if you're eating your way to a heart attack or stroke. High-fat, low-carb diets are proven to be dangerously unhealthful, while study after study has shown that low-fat, plant-based diets, like the high-starch diet recommended by Dr. McDougall, restore vibrant health. After all, isn't being healthy something to feel really good about?

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