Yes, Belly Burnin’ Nation, they have finally arrived!
The glorious. The all-knowing. The diet authority.
The USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines have been blessed upon us.
They didn’t arrive until the beginning of 2016, though.
As was to be expected.
If you want to dive in and check them out, here they are in all their glory: USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
Or if you’d like to reject those BS guidelines and instead grab your Free Fat Burning ToolKit, take it here:
Light ‘em up! We’re burning the USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines!
The first thing I notice, is that these are the specific dietary guidelines for Americans.
I understand that other people around the world may not have access to some of the foods outlined in these guidelines, but saying that these guidelines ONLY pertain to Americans is a little weird to me.
Aren’t Canadians also human beings?
Aren’t Europeans also human beings?
There’s no real difference in the human body of an American compared to a Canadian. Yes, everyone’s human body is uniquely their own.
But, maybe It should be dietary guidelines for humans, anyways, I digress…
Where’s The Pyramid? Where’s The Plate?
They have removed their pyramid and the pyramid style plate, instead they are calling it Healthy Eating Patterns.
They have incorporated some new images, designs and graphs.
The most absurd advice given, is in text form. Take a look at this:
“Shift to reduce saturated fats intake to less than 10 percent of calories per day: Individuals should aim to shift food choices from those high in saturated fats to those high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.”
“Strategies to lower saturated fat intake include reading food labels to choose packaged foods lower in saturated fats and higher in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, choosing lower fat forms of foods and beverages that contain solid fats (e.g., fat-free or low-fat milk instead of 2% or whole milk; low-fat cheese instead of regular cheese; lean rather than fatty cuts of meat), and consuming smaller portions of foods higher in saturated fats or consuming them less often.”
“One realistic option is to change ingredients in mixed dishes to increase the amounts of vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and low-fat or fat-free cheese, in place of some of the fatty meat and/or regular cheese in the dish. Additional strategies include preparing foods using oils that are high in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, rather than solid fats, which are high in saturated fats and using oil-based dressings and spreads on foods instead of those made from solid fats (e.g., butter, stick margarine, cream cheese)”
While I obviously agree that a healthy eating pattern would be to increase your consumption of vegetables – I can’t agree that one should choose low-fat or fat-free foods.
Less than 10% of your total calories to be from saturated fat?!
And where’s the comparison of fat from grass-fed sources vs. fat from grain-fed sources?!
How are they still demonizing saturated fats for 2015 – 2020?! We ALL have access to this thing called the internet. You can educate yourself as to the ridiculous myth that saturated fats make you fat or give you heart disease.
It’s just not true.
Okay, I’ll stop. Let’s go back to the guidelines for a minute.
Back To The USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
Look at this text from them:
“Consume an eating pattern low in added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. Cut back on foods and beverages higher in these components to amounts that fit within healthy eating patterns.”
But, then there’s this:
“A healthy eating pattern includes:
— A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups—dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other
— Fruits, especially whole fruits
— Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
— Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages”
Healthy Eating Pattern = Low In Added Sugars.
Healthy Eating Pattern = Fat-Free Dairy, Low-Fat Milk, Low-Fat Yogurt, Fat-Free Cheese And Soy Beverages. Along with grains and whole grains.
These low-fat and fat-free versions of dairy are LOADED with sugar.
And, the grains – YES, even the whole grains – are seen as sugar once your body starts to digest them.
So, while they are correct in saying you should lower your sugar intake – their recommendations on the foods you should consume to do this are either LOADED with sugar or seen as sugar by your body.
Either way, the foods they recommend will spike your insulin levels and put you into body fat storage mode.
The obvious, more desirable mode to be in is fat burning mode. You get there by increasing your healthy saturated fat intake… especially in the morning after you wake up.
Further Takeaways From The Guidelines
Now, I’m not going to go completely through these guidelines. They are loaded with a lot of boring ass and wrong text, charts, images and data.
Belly Burnin’ Nation, this is the nonsense. This is the conventional wisdom. This is the BS mainstream advice you need to reject.
Don’t let them cloud your judgement. Don’t let them cause you to become more UNhealthy.
Flip The Mainstream Script
Increase your plants & veggie intake. Increase your healthy saturated & unsaturated fat intake. Keep your protein intake at a moderate level.
Decrease your sugar intake. Decrease your grains & whole grains intake. Decrease your processed foods intake. Optimize your carbohydrate intake – keep it to real wholesome food sources and later in the day or after an intense workout.
Nutrient diversity by way of variety.
I was going to print out these USDA guidelines so I could burn them, but that would be a crazy waste of paper – there are endless pages to this thing!
So, with this article post, I am metaphorically burning the USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines!
Burn, Baby, Burn!