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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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Draws on current understandings about the role of fat in weight loss and health to outline a counterintuitive diet program rich in eggs nuts oils avocados and other higher-fat foods sharing accompanying meal plans recipes and step-by-step weight-loss advice 200 000 first printing
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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.