Health Notes: The worst weight-loss scheme yet—and how you can avoid all the problems it causes

The worst weight-loss scheme yet—and
how you can avoid all the problems it causes 

The headline hit me as if it had said “Science confirms the moon is made of bleu cheese.” It actually said, “Low-fat vegan diet may spur weight loss.” Technically, this statement is true-but only because following such a diet would make you slowly starve to death. 

The article, which got its information from a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, said the following: “Researchers found that of 64 postmenopausal, overweight women, those assigned to follow a low-fat vegan diet for 14 weeks lost an average of 13 pounds, compared with a weight loss of about 8 pounds among women who followed a standard low-cholesterol diet. 

The weight loss came despite the fact that the women were given no limits on their portion sizes or daily calories-and despite the fact that the vegan diet boosted their carbohydrate intake.” (Emphasis mine) 

The researchers are comparing one bad diet against another. I can understand the author’s confusion about avoiding fat to avoid being fat, since most of the experts are just as confused, but what does cholesterol intake have to do with obesity?

The lead researcher, Dr. Neal D. Barnard, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, concluded by saying, “People imagine carbohydrates to be fattening, but they are not.” Where did he learn that-at the local gym? 

Unfortunately this type of misinformation is not uncommon-especially since even the “nutrition elite” can’t seem to get the story straight. 

Barnard is the “medical advisor” for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), one of the most dangerous revolutionary cells in the country. Even the American Medical Association, which has a left-wing agenda of its own, has spoken out against Barnard and these radical, unscientific organizations. 

Can eating too many carbs really be that bad? 

Our bodies are not genetically designed to thrive on large amounts of fiberless carbs. Yet cereals and grains make up a major portion of the USDA food pyramid (which should really be called the Fat Pyramid). And it’s these cereal- and grain-based “health diets” that have upset the metabolism and ruined the health of the majority of Americans. 

Consequently, increased insulin output from the pancreas has resulted in hyperinsulinism, insulin resistance, and other common diseases that weren’t so common a few years ago, such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and diabetes. 

Let me emphasize that point: If you never ate simple carbs (sucrose, fructose) and starch (crackers, cookies, bread, etc.), you would never contract adult-type diabetes. We are now seeing adult-type diabetes in children. It is clearly a national emergency. 

Carbohydrates 101:
Clearing up the confusion about carbs 

There are two types of carbohydrates: complex (as in bananas) and simple (as in sugar and starch). Simple carbohydrates are a threat to your health, especially when you eat them in large quantities. Vegetarians end up eating them in excess to replace the calories they would ordinarily be getting from animal protein and animal fat. But processed plants–the kind you’ll find in “The Breakfast of Champions” and in all the other bean, cereal, and soy aberrations on the supermarket shelves–are not fit for human consumption. 

But the “Lords of the Food Bowl”-namely the USDA, the FDA, and a dozen mouthpieces for them, such as the AMA and the American Heart Association-have made beans and grains out to be the very foundation of your diet. They all worship at the base of the Fat Pyramid. Beans and grains might be suitable for birds, but not for humans.

In reality, you should be avoiding the very things these closet vegans are recommending: pastry, pasta, bread, and fructose-laden fruit juices. Fructose is sugar, and some biochemists consider it worse than sucrose. 

Carbohydrates are not essential to your diet at all. The term “essential” indicates that your body doesn’t make it, so you must get it from your food. You may have heard of essential amino acids and essential fatty acids, but there are no such things as essential carbohydrates. 

Although you can get by just fine without any carbohydrates in your diet, not many people are willing to give them up entirely. If you must have carbs, stick with the complex ones. These are much better for you because their fiber content helps you digest the excess sugar.

They are found in such foods as whole potatoes (that means the skin too) and whole oranges. (You don’t have to eat the skin, but you should eat the fruit inside and not just drink the juice.) 

Actions to take: 

1). Eliminate as many simple carbs from your diet as possible. 

2). If you’re serious about breaking your carbohydrate addiction, you should read Life Without Bread: How a low-carbohydrate diet can save your life by Christian B. Allan, Ph.D., and Wolfgang Lutz, M.D. 

This book is about the most important nutritional issue of our time-the “carbohydrate disease,” which is wrecking the lives of untold millions worldwide. 


“Low-fat vegan diet may spur weight loss,”

Reuters Health, 9/11/05