Beginning well over a decade ago, Ms Eclectic and I were starting to see articles that questioned the standard dietician advice: avoid foods high in fat and avoid foods containing cholesterol.
Up until then, we had tried the standard diets: count calories, cut down on fats, eat fewer eggs and less meat. We were successful on those diets, but we were also miserable and hungry, and we slowly regained the weight we had lost.
Two and a half years ago, we finally gave up on the standard diets and embarked on low-carb diets. We had read compelling evidence that the body works harder to process calories from fat than from carbs, and so we embarked on a slightly modified version of the Atkins diet [see here]. We have had sustained (sort of) weight losses, and we are rarely hungry.
Finally. Finally nutritionists are recognizing that fats are good and cholesterol is not bad.
Fats vs. carbs: We haven't completely cut carbs out of the diet, but we have severely reduced the amounts refined wheat and refined sugar that we eat. Here is a recent article dealing with carbs. At the same time, we eat meat and eggs, and we snack on cheese. It's wonderful! [more here]
And now, all the major news media are reporting that the US gubmnt has changed it's mind about cholesterol. From WaPo,
The nation's top nutrition advisory panel has decided to drop its caution about eating cholesterol-laden food, a move that could undo almost 40 years of government warnings about its consumption.
The group's finding that cholesterol in the diet need no longer be considered a “nutrient of concern” stands in contrast to the committee's findings five years ago, the last time it convened. During those proceedings, as in previous years, the panel deemed the issue of "excess dietary cholesterol" a public health concern.
[T]he finding, which may offer a measure of relief to breakfast diners who prefer eggs, follows an evolution of thinking among many nutritionists who now believe that for a healthy adult cholesterol intake may not significantly affect the level of cholesterol in the blood or increase the risk of heart disease.
This stuff has been around for nearly two decades. There's little-to-no excuse for not revising the food guidelines sooner.
Nutritionists, especially those making pronouncements on behalf of the gubmnt, have SO much to answer for.