The next thought was that lowering dietary fat, especially saturated fats, may help lower cholesterol. While untrue, there are still many who believe it. In the 1960’s the Framingham Diet Study was set up to specifically look for a connection between dietary fat and cholesterol. This was the same Framingham as the famous Heart Studies, but references to the Framingham Diet study are virtually non-existent. Why haven’t you heard of it, before? Well, the findings of this study showed no correlation between dietary fat and cholesterol whatsoever. Because these results clashed with the prevailing ‘wisdom’ of the time, they were suppressed and never published in a journal. Results were tabulated and put away in a dusty corner. Dr. Michael Eades was able to track down a copy of this forgotten gem and wrote about it’s eerily prescient findings here.
Calories. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in. There are several ways to reduce the number of calories you eat, including reducing portion sizes; limiting added sugars and saturated and trans fats; and choosing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats instead of processed foods. And keep in mind that as you age, you may need to eat even fewer calories. This is because the amount of muscle you have tends to decrease as you get older. Your muscle mass affects how many calories you need because muscle tissue burns calories, even at rest. So having less muscle decreases your calorie needs by decreasing your basal metabolic rate, while having more muscle increases your calorie needs by increasing your basal metabolic rate.