Headline news on The Guardian today is that doctors are calling for a 20% tax on sugary soft drinks to help tackle the obesity epidemic. I cheered with relief and then tweeted the news. Maybe the establishment is finally waking up to the real problems behind obesity!
But hold on… if you make an appointment to see your GP with the intention of losing weight, you can expect to be told to reduce your fat intake – especially saturated fats – to achieve your goal.
So which is it? Do sugary drinks make you fat? Or fatty foods?
In a nutshell, this simple story shows why so many people can’t lose weight. The information is confusing, and the people we rely on to help us be healthy are giving conflicting advice.
Supermarkets promote low fat foods while medics want to impose a tax on high sugar drinks. If they succeed it would mean that your healthy shopping list would be simultaneously discouraging the consumption of both sugars and fats – leaving only protein as an ‘safe’ macronutrient (unless it’s of equine origin). That can’t be right.
Most of the nation are unsure whether to reduce fats or carbs to lose weight. A moderate person might answer that moderation in everything must be the key, but moderation doesn’t work to reverse obesity, because obesity is a biochemical imbalance that needs a clear and effective strategy.
If the government wishes to impose food labelling restrictions and tax accordingly they absolutely must be able to justify their actions. Which would mean being clear, once and for all, why we get fat*, and being able to provide enough evidence to support their position.
If you don’t want to wait for them to get their story straight, The Dissident Diet unravels the dilemma, explaining the role of both fats and sugars in the quest to lose weight and allowing you to understand and take responsibility for the way your body stores fat. It’s the ultimate diet empowerment, and the end of diet confusion.
It explains why, for example, when it comes to tackling obesity, soft drinks are worse than alcohol; and why, on the other hand, saturated fat is more useful to the body than the polyunsaturated fats that are so beloved by food manufacturers.
If you’re tired of the obesity debate, fed up with the political issues around it and confused about your body; and if you want to understand, once and for all, why your body puts on unwanted pounds and how you can lose them, then I wrote The Dissident Diet for you. You can find it on Kindle or, if you want the all-singing, all-dancing colour version you can click on eBook above and buy it here.
* Which is also the name of an excellent book by Gary Taubes.