heart disease

  1. Weight Watchers bust

    Cultish diet doesn't work

    A new study proves that the cultish Weight Watchers diet is just another recipe for low-fat failure -- but of course, that's not how it was spun in the media.

    Weight Watchers is a major advertiser, and no one wants to tick them off -- so you probably heard that patients who tried the gimmicky points system and AA-style confessional meetings lost more than double the weight of patients who tried another diet.

    And technically, that's true.

    But take a look at the raw data from this company-funded study and you'll find that success looks an awful lot like failure. They found that overweight and obese dieters who were assigned to Weight Watchers lost an average of just 11.2 pounds -- and it took an entire year of cult meetings and point-swapping to do it.

    The other dieters in the study weren't put on a real plan. They were just given easy-to-ignore diet advice from their doctor, and lost an average of 5.1 pounds.

    So yes, Weight Watchers technically led to more weight loss. But put an obese person who lost 11.2 pounds next to one who's lost 5.1 pounds and try to figure out who's the "success story."

    You can't -- because they'll pretty much look like twins. Fat twins who are both still badly overweight and still facing a dramatically higher risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and an early demise.

    Forget Weight Watches. The best and only way to lose weight is to stick to a diet rich in animal fats and proteins and low in sugar, flour, and the rest of the carbs.

    No meetings, no points, no exercise, no excuses.

    Honestly, you don't need to know any more than that. Diet is discipline, not rocket science. But there's actually a faddish "new" diet on the scene that comes pretty close to mine.

    Naturally, it finished dead last in the recent U.S. News & World Reports rankings that put Weight Watchers on top. But if you want to know more about it, don't turn to the news magazines that depend on diet company advertising dollars.

    Turn to the latest issue of the Douglass Report, where I have everything you need to know about the "caveman diet."

  2. Why I 'sin' every day -- and you should, too

    Freedom's just another word for nothing left to eat

    One of the last freedoms you have left is the freedom to choose what's on your dinner plate tonight -- but get ready to stick a fork in that one.

    The Food Police have taken over in Denmark -- and we could be next.

    This week, Denmark is taking the Nanny State to the next level with an onerous new tax on the fresh and natural foods your body needs. Under this so-called "fat tax," anyone who wants foods with saturated fats will have to pay through the teeth for the privilege.

    Farm-fresh butter? TAXED!

    Cheese? TAXED!

    Meat? TAXED!

    Pretty soon, shoppers will be forced to load up on lower-priced substitutes made of factory-processed soy byproducts and a lab full of dangerous chemicals—all in the name of good health, of course.

    This sin tax is meant to help slash the risk of an early death. Puh-lease. Studies have shown time and again that people who eat healthful natural animal fats and skip the sugars and other refined carbohydrates have a much LOWER risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even early death.

    If that's what passes for sin, then being bad never felt so good.

    Denmark isn't the only one leveling the sin tax. Hungary has imposed a tax on foods with high levels of sugar, salt, carbs, and caffeine. Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria have banned trans fats. And Finland, Romania, and Britain are all considering fat taxes as well.

    But I think everyone is missing the point here. Forget for a minute that the government has picked the wrong bad guy (sugar and carbs would have been a much more appropriate target), the bottom line is that no government has any right to legislate your food choices. Period.

    Hold on to your rights, America, or you'll be next. If Uncle Sam is going to be footing the bill for your healthcare, He certainly thinks he has the right to determine how you eat (and sleep and drink and exercise and you-name-it).

    Consider this your wake-up call. And go eat some butter—before it's too late.

  3. A guaranteed turn-off

    Researchers have uncovered evidence that men who have been exposed to one of today's leading sources of estrogen, the BPA used in plastic containers and can linings, are literally repulsive to women.
  4. Exercises in futility

    A slew of new studies is pumping all my favorite exercise myths -- and rather than go after them one at a time, I'm going to take them all on at once, right here, with one hand tied behind my back (you'll have to trust me on that last bit).
  5. How the USDA is killing you

    Need more proof that the government's dietary guidelines will kill you? Try this one on for size: The USDA says that you can get up to 25 percent of your daily calories from added sugars such as high-fructose corn syrup. That's happens to be the same amount of sugar that has been PROVEN to put you on a collision course with heart disease.
  6. Shaking up conventional wisdom

    You've heard me say for years that salt isn't your enemy and that cutting back won't lower your heart risk OR save your life -- and now, the mainstream is finally catching on.
  7. YOUNG people dying of flu? Don't believe the latest hype!

    They'll say just about anything to get you to lift your sleeve for a flu shot.
  8. Slash heart risk by 50 percent?

    The polypill pushers are at it again -- and this time, they say their all-in-one drug can slash the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent.
  9. The most dangerous potatoes

    Australian researchers randomly selected 1,492 6-year-olds from 34 schools in the Sydney area, and asked the kids' parents to fill out questionnaires on how much time each day the children spent watching TV, using a computer, and playing outside.
  10. Too much work, too much risk

    Researchers have found that people who put in the longest hours day after day have the highest risk of heart disease -- and if there's anything worse than not having a job, it's having one that will kill you.

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