What if?

What if you learned that the dietary and lifestyle recommendations put forth by such expert agencies as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Surgeon General’s Office and the American Heart Association – that we should eat less fat, more carbohydrates and exercise regularly – weren’t created by a broad and diverse spectrum of doctors, nutritionists and other health experts but was instead was largely driven by a small but influential body who were convinced that the fat we eat and the cholesterol in our blood are causes of heart disease and other “diseases of civilization” (hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome)?

What if most of the research conducted in the last forty years to provide evidence in support of dietary fat causing heat disease has been selectively interpreted to be supportive of the idea that the fat we eat is dangerous to our health even through the actual data have contradicted (or at worst, proved inconclusive) this assertion?  What if the notion that dietary fat is evil is so ingrained in medical culture that even those studies that can’t prove the fat we eat is dangerous, the same research results ultimately continue to fuel the mantra that we should avoid consuming saturated fats and limit other fat intake?

What if the rate of heart disease in America isn’t decreasing – even though data shows more Americans than ever before are eating low-fat diets?

What if the current “obesity epidemic” (and the chronic diseases associated to obesity), which began in the United States around the 1980’s and has culminated today with one in three Americans considered “morbidly obese” and one in two Americans considered “overweight”, isn’t actually caused by eating too much and exercising too little?  

What if this ever-increasing “epidemic” just happens to coincide with the fact that an equally ever-increasing number of Americans are eating low-fat, high carbohydrate diets and exercising more than ever before? 

What if a calorie isn’t just a calorie?  Does your body’s metabolism actually respond differently based on the source of a macronutrient?

What if fats (including saturated fats) are not only good for us, they are the primary source of energy we should be seeking to feed our bodies?

What if eating less and exercising more won’t help us maintain a health weight?

What if our hormones (specifically, insulin and leptin) are the key to why some people get fat or develop diseases associated to obesity?

What if we can stop or even reverse diseases like hypertension and diabetes and effortlessly let our bodies determine our healthy weight, just with simple changes in what we eat?

What if?