© Lynne Daniel Ivey
Dietary fat has been blamed as the cause of obesity, heart disease and diabetes for the past 40 years, but many medical experts say a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet promotes rapid weight loss and optimal health.
What's more, they say a high-fat diet helps people maintain their weight loss long-term - something the vast majority of diets cannot claim.
"I tell my patients not to fear the fat," Dr. Eric Westman told CBN
. "Eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. There's no problem with fat. In fact, saturated fat, the fat that we've been taught not to eat, raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat."
Westman, an obesity expert who oversees the Duke University Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, said his patients experience dramatic weight loss on a ketogenic diet
, which is a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb eating plan.
Westman said one patient, a 51-year-old woman named Lynne Daniel Ivey, lost 185 pounds on the ketogenic diet. The 5-foot-4 Ivey, who once tipped the scales at 324 pounds, slimmed down to 139 pounds by eating a high-fat, low-carb diet. Most people experience dramatic weight loss on a high-fat diet without exercise.