Not exclusively so. But let's look at this the way I was looking at it. Say you eat 3,000 cal a day and your calorie requirement is actually 2500. Then you go on a low-fat diet which brings down your intake to 2,000 cal a day. If you don't replace those fat calories with something else, you're getting less energy through your diet than you need, meaning your body has to metabolise its own fat to make up the shortfall. I know calories in/calories out is a questionable theory but the fact is that people who are obese tend to eat far more calories than they need, while people who are underweight tend to eat far fewer. It's not a perfect system but eating less can play a role in weight loss - particularly if like hamish you incorporate exercise to prevent metabolic slowdown.However "eating less" is NOT equal to "reduce the fat".
I'm not so sure. The point I was making is there is a small group of people in the world of diabetes who actively resist and criticise any approach that doesn't involve cutting down carbs at all times. I am not convinced the majority of T2s believe this - I think that many if not all T2s would be the first to say that cutting carbs worked for them. But I don't think most of them would criticise people for getting good results through alternative methods, regardless of type. Maybe I'm wrong, who knows?And "small minority" you mentioned to me rather looks like the "Type 2 majority + some Type 1, who can't handle the carbs well". For some of us there are just not too many options.
Yep, we've all got a sucky deal. I'm sure there's plenty of T1s in here who've found themselves in hospital on a drip because they ate too few carbs in relation to their insulin and blacked out. You'd expect them to perhaps be obsessed with making sure people eat loads of carbs, but for some reason the only people who really push that line are the nutritionists, who as we've discussed aren't necessarily the best people to ask about diet and diabetes.And I have a hunch why this group is so vocal - imagine all of a sudden you can't eat most foods you are used to all your life, just regular everyday food as your bagel and orange juice in the morning, sugar in your coffee, regular sandwich that everybody eats every day, potatoes, rice, pasta... And forget about candy or a cake unless you made it yourself special or checked it and rechecked it with the label and your meter...it's frustrating.
Let other people stuff themselves with fatty, carby chips and pizzas if they want to - no-one's ever going to give dietary advice supporting you eat those foods.There's better things to get upset about than the realisation that unhealthy food choices will make you unhealthy.