W hat does a local dietician say about weight loss? "In this area," says Kara Walker of Scripps Clinic, "exercise and fitness play a big part in everyone's life. The problem is, a lot of people get into programs thinking exercise is the way to lose weight. They're often misled. You don't burn a lot just exercising. There is certain evidence of an increase in basal metabolic rate. But it's something you do over the long haul.
"We eat way too much fat in the American diet. Right now, the typical diet yields 42% fat. I encourage people to get that down to 30% or less. Try to get more from complex carbohydrates--whole-grain breads, dried beans, fresh vegetables and fruit. Right now, the typical diet is 45% carbohydrates. It should be at least 60%. The body is simply more efficient on carbo fuel. It's more likely used as an energy source than stored as fat. Fat is almost always stored as fat.
"Fat is really insidious, almost evil in its insidiousness."
She laughed. "We in California like avocados, nuts, cheeses, and all of those are maybe 80% fat. In some cases, 80 to 90%. Olives also are high in fat.