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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
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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On July 8, 2016, I removed all sugar, grains, and dairy (except for pastured butter) and added more veggies, sweet potatoes, pastured beef, fresh organic chicken, pastured eggs, tofu, nuts, and healthy oils. It was tough the first week -- my body felt a bit weird, I got a strange headache on the first night, and figuring out what to eat in a pinch was especially hard. However, I really enjoyed the food. I'm not much of a cook, but even I could figure out how to cut and sauté some squash. Surprisingly, after a few days, my body started to feel satiated -- I wasn't getting the munchies which had always sent me running to snack on cereal or bread. By the second week, I started to have more energy (like a LOT more energy) and suddenly I was thinking more clearly than I had in many years. By three months I noticed my skin was no longer dry and I rarely needed any lotion. By six months I noticed my fingernails were strong and growing very quickly. My hair's texture also changed -- it became thicker, straighter, and stronger. Oh, and I lost 15 pounds in one year without ever feeling hungry or deprived. (Just FYI, I've always exercised a bit, but I did not need to exercise more than normal for this to happen.)
I know I probably sound like a hack for Hyman to get you to buy his book, but I'm not. In fact, I do have a few negative comments to make: 1) To be honest, I hate the title of his book -- it feels like some terrible diet plan, and I'm often embarrassed to tell people the name. Trust me, it is not a fad diet. It is a whole education and a new way of life. 2) I found the recipes a bit difficult (as I mentioned, I'm not much of a cook). Also, he uses a lot of exotic ingredients in his recipes and doesn't really think about things seasonally (that's important to me, so I'm trying to incorporate that in my own diet). 3) He is a bit paranoid about the government. I personally agree with a lot of his views, but some people find it off-putting.
Since reading Eat Fat, Get Thin, I have listened to hundreds of podcasts about food, diet, health, and functional medicine. I discovered that this diet is very similar to a few other diets such as the Paleo diet or the Ketogenic diet. However, if you are new to this idea of adding more healthy fats in the diet and removing grains and sugar, I highly recommend this book first since Hyman does a great job of compiling and explaining the data in a simple, straight-forward way. While I didn't really find the recipes at the end that useful, I have a friend who cooked all of them and loved them. (Maybe I'll give them another try?)
So after one year on this plan, the bad news is that I ultimately did have to buy a new wardrobe anyway -- only in a smaller size!
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.