WHY I QUIT PUSHING LOW CARB DIET – Dr. Garth Davis
Hi, my name is Garth Davis on the medical director of weight management in Asheville, North Carolina, though
I’m not here on the part of my city which would probably ask you to replace the milk recommendation with beer. I
weight loss surgeon and medical weight loss doctor.
I’ve been treating obesity for 18 years, and I am begging this committee to please put me out of business. I
am tired of cutting people open for obesity and
rearranging their intestines.
And I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that it’s 2019 and we have a group of very much smart people in this room
yet we are asking what we should be eating. It’s absolutely crazy. And I’ll tell you what, my patients are confused.
They’re confused by the guidelines and they’re confused by the discussions here and they’re confused by bad science.
So I ask you to look at the science very carefully because I did – I wrote a book saying
we should be eating protein first and we should be on ketosis diets.
But you know what happens to these ketosis patients? They end up eventually on my operating room table
when they failed this diet over and over again. We talk about it all the time.
So I eventually went back and said why am I failing the ketosis diet and why are my patients failing? And I studied this extensively.
And I looked around the world because you know what?
You’ve heard people here tell you that carbs cause diabetes and yet when you look at the Blue Zones,
they eat extremely high carb and carbohydrate diets
When you look at the epic database, fructose is associated with a decrease diabetes; that in fact, taking five percent of your saturated fatty acid and changing it to fructose
decreases your diabetes risk by 30%
People say insulin resistance and acting as if carbs cause insulin resistance, that is not true.
Animal protein and animal fat causing intramyocellular fat causing ceramide
toxicity causes insulin resistance, but our patients don’t know that. So all they hear is protein, carbs, protein, carbs. I think it’s crazy.
They have to go and order a salad complete with beans and all kinds of things, and the waiter
asked me if I’d like protein with my salad. Well, how ridiculous is that?
There’s protein in my salad. The poor teenager,
who then hears me ask these questions to him, just says, “look I’m working a summer job.”
But this is what my patients are dealing with. They don’t know whether to go low carb. They don’t know whether to go low fat.
They’re petrified of a banana.
You could hold up a bank with a piece of bread people are so scared of carb.
And it’s ridiculous, when you go to
Okinawa and they’re eating sweet potato and rice. And I’ll tell you that my practice, my life
has changed over the years. I no longer tell people – they’re not allowed to come in and tell me what macronutrient they’re eating.
They’re only to tell me what plants they’re eating, what foods they’re eating. I
want a whole food, plant-based.
So I asked the committee to get rid of the recommendation for our protein and rather focus on whole foods.
The questions out there are complicated.
But the answer is simple – And I refer to Michael Pollan – eat real foods, mostly plants, not too much.