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The Skinny on Fats

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It’s All a Big Fat Lie

Dr. Daniel Smith.WELLNESS

Fats are perhaps the most misunderstood of all dietary substances. Over the past forty years, the media, as well as long­standing government positions on fats have inculcated into American society the idea that fats are unhealthy; they lead to weight gain and should be avoided whenever possible. When Robert Atkins, author of the phenomenally­best­selling ”Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution” and ”Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution,” first published his ideas stating that “Fats are good, processed carbohydrates are bad” the medical establishment accused the Manhattan doctor of quackery and fraud. Ironically, it is now clear that their very own dietary recommendations—eat less fat and more carbohydrates—are the cause of the rampaging epidemic of obesity in America. This dogma, however, is still strong. I have been astonished to find in my practice how very difficult it can be to convince patients that consumption of quality fats and significantly fewer carbohydrates (wheat, pasta, beans and starchy vegetables) will lead to weight loss, often to the tune of fifteen or twenty pounds in just three or four weeks. Click here to continue reading…


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