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Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats Paperback – March 28, 2006
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In this new addition to the fast-fix diet book shelf, Enig and Fallon attempt to correct what they see as Americans' false belief that tropical fats and oils (such as coconut and palm) are unhealthy, asserting that those fats (and coconut, especially) are beneficial saturated fats that should be more heavily incorporated into our diets. Enig, a biochemist and nutritionist, along with Fallon, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to helping people implement healthy approaches to nutrition), say "high-fat, low-carb really works," eschewing the disastrous effects a high-fat diet can have on a person's heart. They like the Atkins diet, but say it doesn't take advantage of the "metabolism-boosting" powers of coconut oil. Their approach skews more toward traditional diets and away from modern diets (e.g., chose animal fats over vegetable oils; raw or fermented dairy products instead of pasteurized ones). Though based on considerable research, the book is somewhat off-putting. Its emphasis on one ingredient-in the recipe section, for example, one sample menu has readers eating a dish with coconut in it seven times in one day-seems nutritionally suspicious.
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“If permanently losing weight while improving your health is a real goal, I highly recommend Eat Fat, Lose Fat.”—Dr. Joseph Mercola, bestselling author of The No-Grain Diet
“Two of the most important voices in the wellness revolution. Eat Fat, Lose Fat is a must read.”—Jordan S. Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Maker’s Diet
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As a former Weight Watchers leader who had lost 79 pounds on Weight Watchers, I had been taught, and myself taught others, that in a healthy diet you could expect a weight loss of just one pound per week. Then the third week into the program, I didn't lose anything, not even inches. Same thing for the fourth week. 2 days before the approach of the end of my 5th week weigh in, I weighed myself and found exactly what I'd suspected - nothing lost AGAIN.
So I put my analytical brain to the test and started to sleuth out the problem:
What were my portion sizes, had they grown too large? No
What about my calorie count, had it exceeded 2,500 calories per day? No
What about my oil, was I eating enough coconut oil? Yes
Then I remembered a video I'd watched called Cereal Killers, and Prof Tim Noakes and his High Fat Low Carb Diet. I discovered he'd written a book about it, and after investigation discovered that what had happened, in fact, during weeks 3, 4, and 5, were that my CARBOHYDRATE intake had increased. Not a lot, but I was eating oatmeal every day for breakfast.
So I began adding in Prof Noakes' guidelines for keeping carbohydrates between 25g and 50 g per day, and for the last 2 days prior to my Week 5 weight in, I kept them low, and didn't have oatmeal for breakfast. Result? I lost another 2 pounds at week 5 weigh in. IN 2 DAYS. Contrast that with the full week it took on this program for each of the first two weeks.
I have continued Banting (the diet that Prof Noakes recommends) and have continued to lose a pound a day for the past 4 days.
Can I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY!!! If you are new to healthy eating, if you have degenerative diseases that need addressing, BUY IT, implement the Health Recovery strategies and you'll be loving yourself for it!
BUT, if you are like me and suffer from carbohydrate intolerance (and everyone is different, everyone metabolizes carbohydrates differently), then consider keeping a keen eye on your carbohydrate intake and make sure it stays between 25g and 50g per day, and you'll have much more success.
Prof Tim Noakes wrote the book 'The Real Meal Revolution' and I highly recommend it as well as Eat Fat, Lose Fat to anyone who is seriously interested in improving their health for the better.
So now I am following the book's advice and am eating more fat. I immediately noticed a difference -- less cravings and an immediate drop in fat around the waistline and elsewhere. I am reducing carbohydrates and starches, but slowly in a zig-zag pattern to carefully note how the dietary composition affects weight, energy, mood, and other aspects of health.
This book is mostly recipes but the first section is full of useful facts. It lacks crucial footnotes that are probably in the longer book by the same authors. Many of the citations are very old so they may be classics or defective by modern standards. If the references are correct they are very important and need to be taken into account by current dietitians and researchers.
The key recommendation of the book is to use coconut oil that I previously had no experience with. It is a staple in many countries so there should be considerable epidemiological evidence that could be reported in the book. So far I like coconut oil. I also like butter and am glad the book gave me more reason to use it. I also like wheat germ oil and cod liver oil as recommended by the book. I immediately started feeling better when using these oils even though I previously thought them to be unhealthy empty calories (lack protein). It is not clear what is the optimal dose of these oils.
Overall this book is well written with great recommendations. Should be read in conjunction with easy current information such as the Dr. Lustig video "Sugar -- The Bitter Truth." More difficult is actual scientific literature on cholesterol and "the lipid hypothesis" which can link to numerous researchers and topics that support the ideas of this book. Much can be found on google scholar and wikipedia. For example
The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease
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