Low fat diet bad for your health

A low-fat diet does not stop obesity and can even damage health, experts have claimed. A damning report insisted ­official advice to avoid fatty meat and dairy is wrong and warned people just end up hungry and snack on more dangerous sugary foods instead.
For decades we’ve been told to cut down on the fat to avoid becoming ­overweight and prevent heart attacks. But a group of experts has sensationally now claimed that government advice is useless in the war on obesity and could even damage our health rather than help it.
Scientists insist people are left so hungry from low-fat diets they end up snacking on food high in dangerous sugars that can spark diabetes and heart problems. The warning came from The National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration. But critics have ac-cused the groups of putting the health of millions at risk with the new ­guidelines that they insist are dangerously misleading.
A damning report by the NOF and PHC claims “eating fat does not make you fat” or cause heart attacks. They called for a return to “whole foods” such as meat, fish and dairy, as well as high-fat healthy foods. And the authors even claim full-fat dairy – including milk, yoghurt and cheese – can help with weight loss and protect the heart.
Calling for a major overhaul of dietary guidelines, the report warns people on low-fat, low-cholesterol diets end up snacking between meals.
Consultant cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra said Public Health England dietary guidelines promoting low-fat meals have been a disaster that has created “a metabolic timebomb”. He added: “It is perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history resulting in devastating consequences for public health.
“We must urgently change the message to the public to reverse obesity and Type 2 diabetes.” National Obesity Forum chairman Professor David Haslam said: “Current efforts have failed, the proof being that obesity levels are higher than they have ever been. The guidelines suggesting high carbohydrate, low-fat diets are the universal pana-cea are deeply flawed.
“Figures show no chance of reducing despite the best efforts of government.”
Professor Iain Broom, from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, added: “For almost 40 years we have been sub-jected to an uncontrolled global experiment that has gone drastically wrong.”
The NOF and PHC report urged Brits to ignore the official government advice and stop counting calories.

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