DGAC 2015 Overarching Themes
Although behavior change is complex, moderate to strong evidence now points to effective strategies to promote healthy lifestyle behavior changes at individual and population levels.
About half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable, chronic diseases that are related to poor-quality dietary patterns and physical inactivity, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and diet-related cancers.
More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youth are overweight or obese.
Few, if any, improvements in consumers' food choices have been seen in recent decades.
High chronic disease rates
High chronic disease rates ... have persisted for more than two decades and disproportionately affect low-income and underserved communities. (In particular the six "diseases" we call metabolic syndrome.)
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A healthy dietary pattern is higher in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low or non-fat dairy, seafood, legumes, and nuts; moderate in alcohol (among adults); lower in red and processed meats; and low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.
Strong evidence shows that it is not necessary to eliminate food groups, or conform to a single dietary pattern, to achieve healthy dietary patterns. Rather, individuals can combine foods in a variety of flexible ways to achieve healthy dietary patterns, and these strategies should be tailored to meet the individual's health needs, dietary preferences and cultural traditions.
The Banting Diet suggests that if you have damaged your metabolism, and the evidence is that most of us have, eliminating all high-carbohydrate foods from your diet, is beneficial. The more damaged your system is, (How carbohydrate intolerant you've become.) the more restrictive your diet needs to be. If all you need to do is lose weight, restricting carbohydrates to 100gm a day will do it. If you need to reverse type 2 diabetes, or protect yourself from pre-cancers or Alzheimer's disease, you'll need to be more serious about the diet. You need to change the homeostasis setting of your body, to get the appestat working again, and to restore your normal weight.
Current research also strongly demonstrates that regular physical activity promotes health and reduces chronic disease risk.
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Healthy, sustainable dietary patterns also may provide new themes for ... lifestyle practices that can promote food security now and for future generations and create a "culture of health" at individual and population levels.