Latest diet advice: Don’t fear fat
The key to dropping weight is to eat more good fats, claim experts.
For many, the first way to shed some pounds is to start eating a low fat diet, which means calorie counting and cutting out some of life’s most delicious foods.
However, in a new report by the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration, it is asserted that a diet high in healthy fats can actually curb the obesity crisis as well as type-2 diabetes, which is fuelled by people’s soaring waistlines.
“Eating a diet rich in full-fat dairy - such as cheese, milk and yoghurt - can actually lower the chance of obesity,” the report states.
“The most natural and nutritious foods available – meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds, olives, avocados – all contain saturated fat. The continued demonisation of omnipresent natural fat drives people away from highly nourishing, wholesome and health promoting foods.”
The work also suggests avoiding processed food labelled as low fat or similar claims should be avoided, as should sugar, and refined carbohydrates should be consumed in small amounts.
Authors have also called for a return to “whole foods” like meat, fish and dairy and claim full fat dairy can protect the heart.
Professor David Haslam, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, feels current dietary guidelines are deeply flawed.
“Current efforts have failed - the proof being that obesity levels are higher than they have ever been, and show no chance of reducing despite the best efforts of Government and scientists,” he sighed.
Co-author of the report, Aseem Malhotra added: “We must urgently change the message to the public to reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes.
“Eat fat to get slim, don't fear fat, fat is your friend. It's now truly time to bring back the fat.”
The report hasn’t gone down well with everyone though, with many from the scientific community slamming the advice.
"The claim that eating fat doesn't make you fat is absurd. If you eat a lot of fat, you will get fat,” fumed professor Tom Sanders, of King's College London.