The Skinny on Fat
We've been told for so long that fat is bad for us, and that it leads to high cholesterol and heart disease that it's hard to know where to even begin to combat those mistaken theories?
I just want to remind you that for the longest time, the smartest people in the world thought that the Earth was flat.
We now know that isn't the case and the latest research indicates that sugar is the culprit for making us fat and sick as a society, and not saturated fat.
I also want to remind you that I am not a doctor, a nutritionist or an expert on the subject by any means, but I have been passionately studying and researching this issue as I have been on my own journey from fat to fit.
I have lost 95 pounds and 9 inches off of my waist by eliminating sugar and processed carbohydrates from my diet and replacing them with healthy fats.
I encourage you to do your own research on the benefits of an #LCHF (Low Carb, High Fat Lifestyle - sometimes it's referred to as the Keto or Ketogenic diet, or Banting).
Here are some of my favorite resources to get you started:
Videos, Clips & Trailers
Cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra was recently names alongside Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg as a leading voice in the fight against global obesity. He practices in the UK's National Health Service (NHS) and is a tireless campaigner for lifestyle medicine as the optimal prescription for a long, lean, healthy and happy life. Watch this 5:38 minute interview then check out The Big Fat Fix if you'd like to learn more.
Dr. Mark Hyman has a new book called "Eat Fat, Get Thin" where he dives into the faulty science that got us all to fear fat and the new research which shows that fat is actually good for you. Watch this 3.5 minute video:
Dr Eric C. Westman, MD and president elect of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (weight loss doctors), has 15 years of experience helping patients lose weight and improve their health using low carb. (16.5 minutes)
Nina Teicholz, author of "The Big Fat Surprise", argues that the scientific community got it wrong when they said saturated fat was unhealthy in her 2014 TED talk:
Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist from UCSF, explains the role hormones insulin and leptin play in weight gain and obesity in this 8 minute video:
If you've got 40 minutes... this video is absolutely worth watching.
The Perfect Human Diet -Official Trailer. This movie is the unprecedented global exploration for a solution to our epidemic of overweight, obesity and diet-related diseases - the #1 killer in America.
The Great Cholesterol Cover Up. This is an excerpt from the documentary Statin Nation.
Cholesterol is actually good for you and doesn't cause heart disease. Inflammation is the real problem. This is a very informative video.
Fathead is a low budget documentary that I highly recommend watching. The 2.5 minute clip embedded here explains how the myth of saturated fat leading to heart disease got started. There's a 17 minute version of this clip if you have the time.
The guy who made the Fathead documentary (above) posted this 8 minute follow up a couple of years after it was released:
Eight Doctors Talk About The Myths of Cholesterol and Saturated Fat. (This 13 minute video is a little dry, but it has a lot of good technical info about cholesterol and why you don't need to worry about it.)
Cereal Killers 2 - Trailer
This movie shows the benefits of fueling your body with healthy fats and dispels the notion that you need to "carb-load" before high endurance events.
Butter Makes Your Pants Fall Off. I love this video from a plain spoken, real guy who explains how he lost 145 pounds in 14 months on a LCHF diet.
It's hard arguing with years of conventional wisdom. I seem to have these kinds of conversations often.
Sugar is the real problem
Sugar is Killing Us
The Sugary Truth
FED UP - Official Trailer
Carb Loaded - Official Trailer
That Sugar Film - Official Trailer
Sugar Coated - Official Trailer
Links & Articles
Like I mentioned in the disclaimer at the top of the page, do your own research regarding the #LCHF or #Keto Diets.
Here are a couple of my favorite resources to get you started:
- The Diet Doctor - One of my favorite LCHF resources
- Ruled.me - Another great resource for the Keto community.
- Reddit Article (for a lot of technical info on Keto)
- The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol
- A NY Times article that Embraces Fat
- What is "Nutritional Ketosis"?
- How Ketosis Works
- Studies disproving the theory that saturated fat leads to heart disease.
- The Sugar Conspiracy (long read, but very informative)
- The Cholesterol Myth
We have many more resources in the members section once you sign up.