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The World's Most User-Friendly Approach to Fat Loss
June 13, 2018
I first encountered Cian Foley via his Twitter account. As one who enjoys a success story (particularly a success story about someone freeing himself from the shackles of obesity and discovering a new, fit, active, healthy lifestyle) I found myself looking forward to his tweets. Cian is a uniquely entertaining personality and his Twitter timeline includes his homemade music videos, selfies and videos where he revels in his newly-acquired youthful physique, and videos where he performs interesting feats of fitness.
Having had some difficulty myself with weight issues, especially now that I'm in my fifties, I decided to email him and he responded. What immediately struck me about him in his reply was his incredible kindness and compassion. Obesity, he explained, is not the fault of those who suffer from it; their instincts are preyed upon by a complicit food industry. Which brings me to the premise of the book.
"Don't Eat for Winter" begins by explaining that in the centuries before the food industry learned how to make every kind of food available all year, the foods that allowed us to pack on weight were available primarily at harvest time in the autumn. This was useful mechanism, as it allowed us to prepare for a harsh winter by supplying us with a sensible layer of fat for insulation against the cold and fuel for when food was more difficult to find. By spring, the fat would be depleted and the process of finding food would begin anew, with the food sources that allow us to again put on the protective layer of fat available in the autumn.
I'd never heard of the body's ability to accumulate fat described as a "talent" before, but Cian's perspective makes a great deal of sense. Instinctively, our ancestors gorged on fattening food combinations which prepared them for the winter, when food was scarce and the insulating fat helped protect them from the cold. Now that the food industry has learned to make all kinds of food available to us throughout the entire year, the foods which instigate the gorging instinct, allowing us to put on fat (which had served us so well in previous millenia) are always accessible. As far as our food supply is concerned, we are in an eternal autumn, preparing for a winter of scarcity that never comes.
Cian writes in a very plainspoken style, not bogged down with scientific jargon. He keeps it basic and direct. Anyone struggling with weight will find this book extremely user-friendly, even if they don't feel ready to redesign their entire diet just yet. Just a working knowledge of how the body puts on fat and what instigates the fat-storing mechanism will go a long way in helping those who struggle with excess fat. Recognizing certain food combinations will trigger fat storage and the instinct to gorge on food will help the reader avoid this and make better choices.
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with excess fat, particularly those who are balked by the daunting prospect of having to plan out their entire diet and adhere rigidly to it. With just the basic understanding of how you enter fat storage mode and how to avoid it, the reader can incorporate changes as gradually as they need to. Even recognizing that a certain combination of foods will put your body in fat storage mode goes a long way in helping the reader mitigate or even avoid it. Then, over time, the reader can incorporate more strategies as they feel they are able.
And for those of us who engage in regular exercise (and recognize that it's nearly impossible to out-train bad eating habits), Cian also provides eating recommendations for before, during and after exercise. Something that most diet books I've read don't offer.
Another nice thing about Cian's recommendations is that nothing has to be avoided completely. This is not carnivory, where all plants are avoided. Nor is it ketogenic or zero-carb, in which any foods containing high or even moderate amounts of carbs are avoided -- or at least severely restricted. It's not vegetarianism or veganism. You can still enjoy the foods you love. You need only recognize when they are appropriate and in what combinations. You can even enjoy the occasional treat without significantly affecting your weight loss progress.
As mentioned before, Cian is living proof that his strategy works. He made an amazing transformation from obesity to a trim, muscular youthful physique, complete with six-pack abs, while in his forties, which he accomplished this in the space of two years. And because his efforts were trial-and-error as he made his discoveries, the reader will likely find that their transformation will be even faster.
In this age when so many have become so frustrated with losing weight that they've given up trying and instead are fighting for outlandish ideas like "fat acceptance," "body positivity," and "healthy at any size," Cian Foley gently leads the reader by the hand with his compassionate, supremely easy-to-follow approach to fat loss. And I cannot stress enough that those who struggle with weight do not need to be condemned for obesity, or told they lack control, or are selfish, indulgent and lazy. They need to be recognized as people who are having their survival instincts exploited, those same instincts which would have served them so well in more primitive times.