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Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health Hardcover – February 23, 2016
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"Dr. Mark Hyman has helped thousands of people lose weight and lead happier, more energetic lives. His powerful insights on the dynamics of dietary fat will change the way you think about everyday eating, and show you how easy it is to enjoy a healthier, more satisfying diet."―Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic
"A great read that helps make sense of all the conflicting information we've come to believe about including fat in our diets. Dr. Hyman shows, yet again, the powerful role nutrition plays in all of our lives."
"Eat Fat, Get Thin cuts through the big fat lies we've all been fed about dietary fat-including us doctors. Sharing his own experience and that of his many patients, Dr. Hyman lays out a dietary plan that is satisfying, delicious, sustainable, and healthy. Finally we can all kick that low- fat muffin to the curb. And get our slim, healthy bodies back!"―Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"Dr. Hyman hammers home that fats should be the foundation of our diet, an easy step given the power of the research he presents and his delicious recipes."―Mehmet Oz, MD
"Eat Fat Get Thin deftly reveals how our long-held beliefs about dietary fat are fundamentally flawed and based on misinformation. And beyond the in-depth scientific validation, Dr. Hyman's empowering narrative provides an action plan enabling everyone the opportunity to recapture health and finally attain a healthy body weight."―David Perlmutter, MD, author of Brain Maker and Grain Brain
"For forty years, we've been told, 'if you don't want fat on your body, don't put fat into your body.' So we cut back on fat from our diet only to become heavier than ever before. Mark Hyman cuts through the confusion, offering a practical (and delicious) way to lose weight for good. I recommend Eat Fat, Get Thin enthusiastically."
―David Ludwig, MD, PhD, Professor, Harvard Medical School, and author of Always Hungry?
"Dr. Mark Hyman has provided an elegant insight into the confusing world of fat. Adding the right type of fat can be a powerful addition to any diet. More importantly, he provides the clinical markers you need to reach to be truly well regardless of your diet. While there is no one ideal diet for everyone, titrating your diet using his basic principles and by adjusting the fat content until you reach his markers of wellness makes this a must-read book for everyone concerned about their future health."
―Dr. Barry Sears, author of The Zone
"Sixty percent of the solid weight of your brain is fat. If someone calls you a fat head say thank you! Eat Fat, Get Thin is a smart, well-researched, delicious roadmap to help you get and stay healthy, reverse illness, and optimize your brain. I highly recommend it."―Daniel G. Amen, MD, founder of Amen Clinics and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
"Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the most important voices in the world of medicine, health, and nutrition. And his new book--Eat Fat, Get Thin--is exactly why. Armed with clear up-to-date research and years of clinical success, Dr. Hyman explodes the outdated concept of the evils of dietary fat, and explains in an easy-to-understand fashion how the right fats for your body are indeed the right fats for your ideal weight. And he gives you the program to put it all to great use. It's time to do a big course correction in how we understand the fat in our food, and the fat on our bodies. Mission accomplished! Eat Fat, Get Thin may be the most important and effective diet book of the decade. This is way more than a book about losing weight. It's all about being the healthiest and most well nourished version of you. I couldn't recommend this book more highly."―Marc David, founder of Institute for the Psychology of Eating and author of The Slow Down Diet and Nourishing Wisdom
"Mark Hyman is a food revolution superstar. Here he makes a clear and powerful case that for most people, low-fat isn't the answer, but high-quality fats is. I have no doubt that the vast majority of people will be far healthier for following his advice."
―John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America and co-founder of The Food Revolution Network
"Putting another nail into the dietary-fat-is-bad dogma, Dr. Mark Hyman's Eat Fat, Get Thin shows how this unfairly maligned, often-misunderstood macronutrient can help you become lean, healthy, and full of energy. Don't miss this groundbreaking book!"―JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFS, Celebrity Nutrition and Fitness Expert, author of The Virgin Diet and The Sugar Impact Diet
"Oftentimes the best way to get the dramatic results we most crave in our lives is to bust through the myths, confusion, and misperceptions that are part of our popular culture. In Eat Fat, Get Thin, Dr. Mark Hyman does exactly that. If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, listen to this leading voice and follow his simple, yet revolutionary plan to lose weight, regain your energy and clarity and feel great."
―Nick Ortner, author of The Tapping Solution
"In Eat Fat, Get Thin, Dr. Hyman explains how we got into our current dietary disaster zone, and delivers his own potent and practical prescription that can make a world of difference. For many people, this book could be a life-saver."―Ocean Robbins, CEO, The Food Revolution Network
"Eat Fat, Get Thin is an amazing guide for anyone wanting to answer the question: 'What should I eat for optimal weight and health?' Dr. Hyman has done a superb job of sorting through the confusing science around fat, making this an excellent resource for everyone, including doctors wanting to explain to their patients why our recommendations have changed. The recipes are simple, delicious, and even my picky kids love them. This book is part of what I 'prescribe' to my patients every day."
―Carrie A. Diulus, MD, Medical Director and Spine Surgeon, Crystal Clinic Spine Wellness Center
About the Author
Mark Hyman, MD, is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet, The Blood Sugar Solution, The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, Ultrametabolism, The Ultramind Solution, The Ultrasimple Diet, and coauthor of The Daniel Plan and Ultraprevention.
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Dr. Hyman has about 500 references in the book and by no means does he "take credit" for a new look on fat and sugar. There are a ton of recommended supplements that I don't take all in one day, however when I do have the potato starch, PGX etc. my blood sugar is under control and I feel better.
Make a few recipes like suggested so you're not overwhelmed with "what do I eat", a simple grass fed burger w/a carton of mushrooms, onion, avacado and sweet potato w/butter is an incredible satisfying dinner (no bun). The lamb shepards pie, cream of mushroom soup and chia seed breakfast are incredible recipes. I never thought I'd be able to give up my oatmeal and here I am eating roasted veges for breakfast w/avacado oil, salt, pepper.
If I'm stuck and eat say a slice of pizza, it doesn't taste great and give me that "wanting another two slices". There is a ton of information in this book, it's not just "skip to the back and get the diet". I'm truly happy eating this way and in no rush to see where my weight goes and I know the numbers are only going down.
In late January Dr. Hyman interviewed via podcast others of his ilk on his "Facts or Fat" health summit. At that time we purchased this book. We've been eating a grain and dairy free diet much like what he describes for almost 2 years - 75% of our dinner plates covered with veggies and grass fed, or wild caught meat, (red, white, fish), 25%. No processed food. Bullet proof tea or coffee in the AM - with grass fed collagen, usually veggie leftovers or healthy raw stuff at lunch. It was hard at first, but has become much easier as we don't spend as much time preparing food, nor do we buy as much food now as both of us have gradually lost our excess weight (and visceral fat) and are not as hungry as we were when we started the program because our gut microbiota were used to our over consumption of refined carbohydrates - on what we believed was a "healthy" eating regimen. Also we've begun to exercise again - we feel so good.
This book explains why the scientific advice given about food consumption by our government agencies is wrong and how we got in the fix of believing that a "low-fat, healthy whole grain diet" is the best diet for optimal health - It provides this explanation more briefly than Gary Taubes, whose two books are very detailed - but also very readable - depending on your level of interest and whether you want to change your diet or just educate yourself. Taubes is a science writer, Hyman is a doctor who has seen a lot of patients. Hyman's book includes recipes. Taubes book (why we get fat and what we can do about it) has a printable sheet for your frig, but iirc, no recipes. Hyman explains briefly but very clearly why we need good fats in our diets (and what they should be) and what the ratio of omega 3s to omega 6es should be (not information that is easy to find elsewhere, imo). It also exonerates all of us who have felt bad because "common knowledge" dictates that it is our fault for being overweight - we are lacking in will power and don't exercise enough, of course - when the actual reason that we have gained weight is because of the disproportionate amount of refined carbs in our diets that causes metabolic syndrome, or insulin resistance. But we need good, healthy fats to support the function of the approximately 3 lbs of fat that compose the tissue of our brains. This is problematic on a Western diet and there is so much conflicting information (and research) on this topic. This book has addressed all of my questions and concerns such as, what about fiber, what about the best oil or fat, what about supplements. How much protein do I need. What kind of carbohydrates can I eat. Does red meat cause cancer. Why is my friend looking /feeling so poorly on statins - should women use them, etc.
Book is divided into 4 parts, 1) how we got to this state, 2) why eating the right kinds of fat is so important 3) a plan to follow 4) cooking and recipes. It explains bad food combinations like refined carbs and fat. It explains the complexity of research that tries to isolate nutritional elements of the diet. It explains new gen lab tests (such as the CardioIQ test offered by Quest) that will help you and your functional medicine doctor determine your actual risk of CVD - because they tell you the diameter of those tiny LDL particles, rather than just their frequency.
I like Dr Hyman's efforts to build consensus around this topic. For example, for many years I've been curious about the Ornish diet and lifestyle modifications - because they are reportedly very successful, but I've always known I'd have trouble staying on a diet of less than 10% fat - even with lots of help from a good "social network". Dr Hyman is generous and kind as he explains why the research doesn't support such extreme dietary modification.
I do wish our medical system was more "responsive" to our basic human needs - such as "why am I sick, how can I get better by changing or supplementing my diet". I've been among those in "ordinary poor health" (Linus Pauling's phrase) with problems that conventional medical doctors would NOT or could NOT treat because I cannot use big pharma developed drugs. This book is a major departure from others like it because the program it describes is one that you can maintain for many years for the purpose of either staying healthy, or regaining good health - and you'll never be hungry and you'll also NOT lose your mind as you age. Give it a try - having done so with my partner we both won't ever go back.
This book is really an important book. It's not that you can't get this information from other sources, it is_ nothing new really. But it contains all_ the answers and info you will need to figure out how to eat to be healthy. Dr Hyman has been asked by the Cleveland Clinic to set up a functional medicine clinic. Functional medicine does_ teach nutrition and does try to help patients find the root cause of their chronic disease. It isn't just about checking your vital signs and writing a prescription for a drug. Our bodies can heal and we are all smart enough to figure this out but the costs of our health care are absolutely mind boggling and this is going to get worse because the western world is exporting its cheap processed food to the entire globe.