Sweden just endorsed the Low Carbs High Fat Diet

Finally, Sweden has done it: in the latest expert committee convened, it has formally endorsed the low carbs high fat diet. Ever since Dr Atkins advocated the high fat and low carbohydrate diet, many people have used it to lose weight. The only drawback apparently is the boredom: patients are sick at eating cheese omelet every day. Unfortunately, Dr Atkins did not like publishing in main-stream medical journals. It created a management gap on obesity: while patients who went on the diet definitely got impressive results, doctors remained extremely skeptical.

Well for the past 10 years many studies had been done and had all found one thing: low carbs high fat diets are better than the traditionally-advised low fat high carbs diet. Patients lose more weight, has better blood sugar (which we expect) but watch this: patients who are taking a low carbs high fat diet also has better cholesterol levels!

The evidence has been so overwhelming that I am surprised that we doctors have resisted it for so long. Unfortunately doctors are all bound by the Hippocratic Oath which asks us to always respect our teachers. This may sometimes make us unwilling to challenge the “conventional wisdom”.

Indeed for all my patients with diabetes, I strongly advise the low carbs high fat diet. However I advise them to eat the healthier fats such as fats from fish, nuts, olive oil etc. Indeed a very Mediterranean diet which has been shown to save lives.

2 thoughts on “Sweden just endorsed the Low Carbs High Fat Diet

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    1. drdanielwai Post author

      Well to be fair to the FDA, 30 years ago the “low fat is healthy” doctrine was the mainstream belief amongst all of us doctors. Yes even mainstream beliefs can be wrong, another clear example being the promotion of trans-fat laden margarine. Now we know how bad trans-fats are. The important thing, I think, is to change when new evidence becomes available. That’s why Sweden is doing right!

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