Here is the second round of John Doullard’s breakdown on past and current diets:
The Diet Go-Round
Sugar-Free: High-calorie sugars were replaced with no-calorie synthetic sweeteners. The mind was happy, but the body was starving as diet drinks replaced meals. People eventually binged on excess calories from other sources, such as protein.
High-Protein Diets: The new diet let people eat all the protein they wanted without noticing the restriction of carbs and sugar. Energy came from fat stores and dieters lost weight. But without carbs, they soon experienced low energy and craved and binged on carbs.
High-Carb Diets: Carb-craving America was ripe for high-carb diets. You could now lose weight and eat up to 80 percent carbs- but they had to be slow-burning, complex carbs. Fast- paced America was addicted to fast energy, however, high-carb diets soon became high-sugar diets.
Low Cholesterol: The combination of sugar, fat, and stress raised cholesterol to dangerous levels. The solution: Reemphasize complex carbs and reduce all animal fats. Once again, dieters felt restricted and began craving and bingeing fats and sugars.
Exercise: Dieters weren’t working, so exercise became the cholesterol cure-all. It worked for a time, but people didn’t like to “work-out.” Within 25 years, no more than 20 percent of Americans would do it regularly.
More to come…