“Exercise and Dieting – Big Fat Lies” was the headline in Cynthia R. Fagans article in The NY Post this past Sunday. It seems that I am not the only one who is convinced that Carbohydrates are the “enemy” in the battle of the bulge. Ms. Zoe Harcombe, a Cambridge mathematician-turned-nutritionist, who has had her own battles with her weight, is a proponent of low carb diets. She recently published, “The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused It ? How Can We Stop it?”
“It’s a myth (referring to exercise and diet). It’s the carbs that pile on the pounds,” claims Ms. Harcombe. She goes on to suggest that we should cut back on all carbohydrates, especially food based on flour, like pasta, bread and white rice.
The NY Post Article goes on to list all the food MYTHS that Ms. Harcombe debunks.
- Myth: Veggies and fruit are more nutritious than any other food
- Myth – Losing weight is about reducing calories
- Myth – Starchy foods should be the main part of our diet
- Myth – We should exercise to combat obesity
- Myth – Fat is a definite “no-no”
The Myths listed above are in direct contrast with the FDA approved mantra we have been force-fed the last 4 decades. Ms. Harcombe asserts that the “change in our eating habits in the 1970’s coincided with the explosion of obesity” How many of us recall the “food pyramid” that was taught to us in elementary school? In that model, we were encouraged to eat a diet rich in carbohydrates and low in dairy products and fatty proteins.
Ms. Harcombe rebukes that advice explaining that carbohydrates such as “pasta, bread and grains turn into sugar in the blood, which is unhealthy. It forces the body to release insulin, which stores fat to get the glucose levels back to normal.”
Most of todays diets suggest that to lose weight, one should exercise regularly and cut back on calories. This article, however, suggests that cutting calories may actually pose a detriment as your body will compensate for the lost calories and slow its metabolism down. This article further suggests that exercise will not help combatting obesity as “it will only cause you to get hungry, and your body will crave carbohydrates, which causes weight gain”. Ms. Harcombe suggests that “its better to walk regularly and control what you eat”.
Ms. Harcombe’s advice for ultimately losing and managing your weight is to “Stop grazing and snacking. Go back to eating 3 good meals a day and manage your carbs.”
Soooooo, the I LOVE FOOD DIET has adopted Ms. Harcombe’s advice. Instead of killing ourselves “sweating to the oldies” at the gym 7 days a week and subsisting on arguably “Un – FUN” low-calorie, low-fat foods, just eat sensibly and cut back on the carbs. If I can do it, you can do it too!
Chow for now!