Are Healthy Diets Calorie Restricted or Carb Restricted?

Healthy diets consist of whole grains and fiber, fruit and vegetables, "good" carbohydrates, and a minimum of fats, oils and salt. At least that's what we've been told for the last 30 years. But this concept of a balanced diet is relatively new, even though people who've grown up looking to the USDA Food Pyramid for guidance may be under the impression that the low fat diet has been recommended since time immemorial.

In fact, another serious hypothesis competes with the Caloric Balance Hypothesis to explain what healthy diets should consist of.

This other hypothesis (Lipophilia) challenges the conventional view of obesity. According to mainstream thinking, Caloric Balance is the only game in town. Almost no public health authority even mentions the Lipophilia Hypothesis.

Therefore, we must be led to believe one of two things:

  1. The Caloric Balance Hypothesis is obviously correct. The Lipophilia Hypothesis and all other possible competing hypotheses have been completely discredited/refuted and thus there is no reason to even mention Lipophilia.
  2. Everyone screwed up. In their rush to blame obesity on overeating and/or sedentary behavior, our public health authorities failed to even consider that there was a second way of looking at the energy balance equation. Furthermore, they failed to reassess their theory even in the face of evidence that clearly contradicted it, such as:

For Lipophilia to be true, our second explanation about healthy diets must be true. This is a radical idea. If defenders of the Lipophilia Hypothesis cannot prove that essentially 'everyone got it wrong,' then their theory is in trouble. Since this website is dedicated to building a case for Lipophilia, we will attempt to prove this point, as preposterous as it may at first sound.

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1.Taubes, Gary. "Good Calories, Bad Calories." pp 451-2. New York: Knopf (2007).

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