Don't get me wrong: I'm not anti-beef. I love New York strips (medium rare, please) and good cheeseburgers (also medium rare, where permitted by law, and by the way, isn't it amazing that state governments should have the power to tell me how I can have my burger?). But I don't delude myself into thinking that these items are particularly good for me.
A little lean meat in the diet won't hurt most people. And if you're not at all overweight, get lots of exercise, and have good cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, I suppose red meat every day won't hurt. But if we're honest with ourselves, most of us don't fit into that category.
When I hear an overweight person (probably with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, too) extol the virtues of the Atkins Diet, I just have to shake my head. Our capacity for self-delusion is boundless. It's pretty obvious that eating fat makes you fat, and that eating cholesterol-rich foods raises your cholesterol.
Since doing that, my cholesterol went DOWN by a third, blood pressure dropped, blood sugar levels A-OK, and I'm 40 pounds lighter and falling.
I'm eating fat, and I'm not getting fat. I'm eating cholesterol, and I don't have higher cholesterol. What's the problem here?
PS, I don't exercise, either, although I should just for my own benefit.
I suspect that genetics is they key factor in weight gain. Some people thrive on Adkins-type high-protein diets due to their genetics; others need more carbohydrate. Protein and fat are my "natural" best foods; others, with different DNA, may have other dietary requirements.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all healthy diet.The only safe way to determine one's proper diet is by working with one's doctor.