What's Making You Gain Weight? Carbs or Fat?

Massive Health has put together a great infographic that explains what happens when you ingest carbs vs. ingesting fat. 
For me, the take home message is this: 
"The year 1984 marked the launch of a massive campaign to promote lot-fat diets, led by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. We were told to eat less fat, and we did--saturated fat consumption declined in the years that followed. However, the official embrace of the low-fat, high-carb diet didn't coincide with a decline in weight and heart disease. Instead we saw a rise in obesity and diabetes."

I have to add that there are lots of things wrong with the modern diet - besides low-fat high-carb content. The infographic is helpful, but since it focuses on one aspect of the problem, it isn't telling the whole story. Hey - the whole story rarely makes for a sexy infographic. For the record, there are traditional cultures who thrive on a diet rich in properly prepared carbs, but the carbs aren't Twinkies, fast food French fries, or genetically modified corn and soy.

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Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

I've seen this floating around on Facebook, too!!! All I can say is that I'm loving real food!!! Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

France@beyondthepeel said...

What a fun infographic. Thanks for sharing it.

cassandraleong said...

Hi Ruth,

Just wanted to say thanks for sharing our infographic!

We just released our first experimental app recently, The Eatery http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-eatery/id468299990?mt=8, which you might find useful. It's available for free on the App Store.

The Eatery provides the big picture breakdown of your eating habits and tells you the best places to start making changes.

It was also named one of the Top 10 Health Apps of 2011 on the App Store.

We love hearing from our users and we'd love to hear your thoughts. If you'd like to share, do drop us a note at feedback@massivehealth.com!

Warmest regards,
Cassandra and the Massive Health team

GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

YES!! I love fat, bring it on! I drink salmon fat for dinner every night! I think it contributes to my happy mood and clear skin!

Melissa said...

When you want to lose weight, you really need to watch your food intake. This also applies when you want to gain weight, there are vitamins and foods that you have to take mindfully to successfully achieve your goal. Taking pgx daily could help you gain weight while other supplements can also help you lose weight.

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