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  1. avatar tess says:

    bulls-eye! :-D i copied and pasted the paragraph which begins with “an average woman” with a link to this article on FB.

  2. avatar Ash Simmonds says:

    Ex fat Aussie here – I attribute that I never became obese/dead to the fact that I was a first world anarchist and ignored the guidelines mostly, steak and eggs and bacon were too delicious and made me feel so good, so it was sheer arrogance that I based my diet on these. However now and then I was browbeaten by the authorities and so included bread and pasta and hearthealthywholegrain foods to offset the critical damage I was doing with all that arterycloggingsaturatedfat.

    So yeah, I spent about a decade being 15-20kg overweight with no clue why, assuming it was all the meat and fat just like they said, but I felt like crap when I didn’t eat them. Two years ago I went 90% carnivore with a smattering of veggies now and then, 15kg disappeared seemingly overnight, and I feel more invincible now in my late 30′s than I did in my early 20′s.

    I’m just glad I never actually gave up the foods I love and need (fatty meat), but kinda pissed I spent all that time eating the crap everyone says is good for you, therefore keeping me in a constant feeling of meh.

  3. avatar Stephanie says:

    Wow! Maybe Australia will overtake America in obesity. What’s the definition of insanity again? doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

  4. avatar Zoë says:

    LOL Ash! Have you read The Meat Fix by John Nicholson? Sounds like you could have written it ;-)
    Very best wishes – Zoe

  5. avatar Sveta says:

    Great article, aslso Ian Thorpe has put on weight.

  6. avatar Annabel Andrew says:

    I feel so frustrated and cross that this information is being given out. The medical professions here and abroad need to to stop being so arrogant and perhaps look at the trend. Why on earth do they think that the NHS has gone down in world rankings for health etc? It’s ALL to do with what we are feeding ourselves and our children. Italy, France Spain etc all smoke and drink more than us in UK(perhaps their binge drinking isn’t so bad yet!) BUT they eat olive oil and plenty of fresh foods.
    What can be done Zoe? Is there anything that us ordinary mortals can do? It’s really quite frightening.

  7. avatar Kevin Handreck says:

    Absolutely spot on! I had been gathering hard data so that I could confront our NHMRC about the utter stupidity of their recommendations on saturated fats versus carbs. I will still do this, but you have helped me greatly by setting out the guts of the situation. These guidelines will not make one iota of difference to the obesity/diabetes/CVD, etc problem in Australia. I am sick of paying taxes to fix up the problems caused by poison sellers such as the soft drink companies. Our Heart Foundation gets money from the margarine companies, so they are creating the problem they were set up to solve. Their jobs are secure! In our family, our fat intake is about 50% of kJ input, mostly from whole milk products,coconut oil, nuts and olive oil. The new guidelines lump coconut oil in with other saturated fats, yet the science says that lauric acid is uniquely beneficial in cutting inflammation, and saturated fats are essential for the conversion of ALA to DHA.

  8. avatar Catherine Reynolds says:

    I have eaten my bacon and eggs for the last two mornings with outrage, following two segments shown on Daybreak. I think it was yesterday that they were talking about the “alarming” rise in cases of (specifically) Type 2 diabetes. The woman hauled in from the British Diabetic Association actually said that not exercising is a cause of Type 2 diabetes. “We’re only asking that perhaps you walk to the shops instead of driving or catching the bus” she said, along with other pointless suggestions. Then, this morning, they had a “nutritionist”, some woman called Hornby. And she did it, alongside Dr Hilary, she said that we all need to cut down on our saturated fat intake. This was as part of a segment on how eating too many processed meats (in pies, sausages etc) can increase your risk of cancer, heart disease and so on. No mention of the carbohydrates contained in these processed products, or the additives used to preserve, stabilise and emulsify them. No. It’s purely the saturated fat in them that causes the problems. And with the Australians coming out with this, well, I start to despair!

  9. avatar Zoë says:

    Hi Annabel – us ordinary mortals can do what you’re doing – ignore their advice and spread the word about real food. I can’t see governments changing their advice (they would have to admit they were wrong and the conflicts of interest run deep). It is for us greater mortals to take our health into our own hands and be part of an underground revolution. When doctors and dieticians realise that everyone is ignoring their advice they may rethink! Some have already and their voices are really helping us revolutionaries – Dr Eades, Dr Briff, Dr Malhotra etc.
    Very best wishes – Zoe

  10. avatar Phyllis Mueller says:

    Thanks for recommending John Nicholson’s “The Meat Fix.” What an enjoyable and helpful book. It’s not often that something so informative also makes me laugh out loud.

  11. I’d like to add another angle to this discussion. I’m a dietitian and some years ago, due to the personal experience of having a child with a weight problem, I was forced to re-evaluate what I was taught about nutrition. I practiced and preached less fat/ more carb for some years, until I realised that this type of diet did not suit my daughter and therefore probably not many others as well. 13 years ago she was diagnosed with insulin resistance and this was the starting point for a lot of research and trialling of different diet approaches. The science points to a lower carb intake as being the diet of choice for IR and Met Syn and it is the approach that I have used for many years with clients who fit the Met Syn profile. GPs who refer clients to me are supportive because of the results they have seen with clients, people who have been unable to lose weight with conventional low-fat diets are thrilled that they can do so and at the same time have more energy etc. However, despite the good results and the supporting science, I’ve recently found out that I could be at risk of losing one of my jobs because a lower carb/higher fat eating plan is not considered ‘best practice’. Ethically I cannot go back to recommending a lower fat/ higher carb diet to people with IR and Met Syn knowing that they have a problem metabolising carbs, so tricky situation to say the least.

  12. avatar Zoë says:

    Hi Jennifer – great message – I’ve just posted a comment to Janet on the American dieticians big food… blog and it could have been written for you! So great to see so many RDs challenging in this way
    Very best wishes – Zoe

  13. avatar Ralph, Cleethorpes says:

    Why is there such uniformity in Western Governments’ dietary guidelines?

  14. Ralph:

    I think the authors of “Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me” and “Wrong! Why Experts Keep Failing Us” (two great books) address cognitive dissonance very well. Not solely in the nutritional and health domains, but in virtually every area of human interest (and personal interaction). What’s most amazing is that the same behaviors and mechanisms that affect us on an individual level also do so at an organizational level (and even at a national level).

    The subject of how something so wrong can become so deeply entrenched is a fascinating one and it’s obviously of great interest to those of us in the dietary and nutritional “counter culture.” I initially read these two books with health and nutrition in mind but was quite amazed at how pervasive the effects of cognitive dissonance can be in virtually every aspect of society.

  15. avatar Lena Adam says:

    I am a dietitian myself. I graduated from a Master of Nutrition & Dietetics in the late 90′s. I clearly remember there was conflict at the time. The dietitian lecturers were promoting high carb/low saturated fat as they believed that the excess carbs not burnt up would be stored as glycogen in muscle tissue. On the other hand, the biochemists were claiming low carb as they tried to prove to us that all the excess Carb will get stored as fat, not as glycogen in muscle tissue. Having said that I have always been “under weight”. I eat EVERY REAL FOOD IN MODERATION. My kids & I DON’T EAT margarine (but avocado as a spread instead), soft drinks, cordial (water, fresh juice only), cows milk (Almond milk instead – only 1 variety has 120mg/100ml of calcium), lollies (nuts instead), sports/energy drinks (absolute rubbish), processed meat (nitrites & nitrates alone will kill you), artificial sweeteners or anything with preservatives, artificial colours or artificial flavours etc…apparently I’m depriving my kids. If that’s what it is I’m doing then I’ll continue to deprive them til the day I die! At least I know they’ll thank me when they can bear children (as I have done without an extra kg – if anything I actually weigh less than I did after having my 3rd child than I ever did!) How do U do it, people ask. I simply answer “I don’t eat shit!” It’s unbelievable how many foods are claimed to be natural – but read the food labels & you’ll see half the ingredients are rubbish! It’s so easy. If it’s REAL & NATURAL EAT IT. If it’s not, don’t eat it! Lastly exercise regularly – as they say “Use it or lose it!”

  16. avatar Frances says:

    Back in the mid 90′s I followed Rosemary Stanton’s so called “expert” advice for those in the “little activity, need to loose weight” (the lowest category)…recommended minimum amount of carbs of 225g, 35-40g fat, 40-55g protein per day. Despite increasing my activity significantly over the following years my weight increased from 80 to 110kg. I found no matter how hard I tried never get really fit for some reason, I was sluggish, uncomfortable and felt like crap although I was eating lots of veges, grains. When I reached 110kg in 2012, I had had enough. My research led me to the “The Fat Revolution” book and “Nutrition for Kinesiologists” (course at Byron Bay), and what a revelation this all was! I discovered where my own “carb threshold” was and have so far shed 17kg in 9 months. Having regained control through a real education I can raise, stabilize, lower my “fat stores” as I choose. My body is now strong, dense and muscular due to swapping over to my preferred energy source to power my increased fitness over the last 12 months. It pays to self educate, follow your own instincts. I teach my Kinesiology clients the same, and just let the results speak for themselves.

  17. avatar Frances says:

    Back in the mid 90′s I followed Rosemary Stanton’s so called “expert” advice for those in the “little activity, need to loose weight” (the lowest category)…recommended minimum amount of carbs of 225g, 35-40g fat, 40-55g protein per day. Despite increasing my activity significantly over the following years my weight increased from 80 to 110kg. I found no matter how hard I tried it was impossible to get really fit for some reason, I was sluggish, uncomfortable and felt like crap although I was eating lots of veges, carbs, grains. When I reached 110kg in 2012, I had had enough. My research led me to the “The Fat Revolution” book and “Nutrition for Kinesiologists” (course at Byron Bay), and what a revelation this all was! I discovered where my own “carb threshold” was and have so far shed 17kg in 9 months. Having regained control through a real education I can raise, stabilize, lower my “fat stores” as I choose. My body is now strong, dense and muscular due to swapping over to my preferred energy source to power my increased fitness over the last 12 months. It pays to self educate, follow your own instincts. I share my ongoing success through teaching my Kinesiology clients the same, and just let the results speak for themselves. There is an increasing awareness in the community as people “twig” for themselves as to what’s going on behind the scenes.

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