Eat Fats, Cut Carbs to Reclaim Your Skinny Self
I have been a proponent of the 'high fat' diet for quite some time, since the days of the Adkins Diet. In the instance of that diet, there were many 'dieticians' coming out against it and pointing to their gov't approved diets that have given us so much cancer and heart disease over the last 50 years that they have been so religiously followed by the country as a whole. I remember that there was an effort to suppress the diet saying it would lead to Atherosclerosis and the resultant Heart Diseases and Strokes, but that quickly faded because the science disproved the theory: The high fat diet actually did the opposite predicted, it caused a massive decrease in Atherosclerosis and lowered  the bad cholesterol and increased the good cholesterol and people LOST weight too.

Now there is this article which shows were some, who continued investigating these observations and found they led in a very surprising direction. I have been following these as well and have lost nearly 100 Lbs over the last year and have been able to come off my insulin and I may be ready soon to start to ween off the Statins and the Antihypertensives too. I use butter, never any type of oleo (its just different kinds of poison in my opinion), I never use any vegetable oil for cooking, except olive oil and occasionally sunflower oil or peanut oil. I have all but eliminated carbs from my diet as well and when I do eat them, its from corn, mostly, and never, if at all possible, from bleached flour.

I eat bacon (yum!) and save the grease (strained) for later use in moderation. I never use any Teflon coated pans, only stainless steel or cast iron for cooking anything. No aluminum, which only came into use after WWII because we had an abundance of aluminum left over from aircraft productions shut downs and someone was clever and figured they'd make good cooking pans...then a few decades later, we have people with a previously  rare disease called Alzheimer's, dying with aluminum deposits in their brains, all over the place.

If you're gonna climb a mountain, a couple of doughnuts will do you well, but if you're only gonna climb into a recliner, better to eat some fried pork rinds.


Eat Fats, Cut Carbs to Reclaim Your Skinny Self
By Lorie Johnson
CBN News Medical Reporter
Monday, October 07, 2013

A diet most doctors and even the government frown on helped Jimmy Moore lose 180 pounds in one year and keep it off for the last nine years.

Success stories like Moore's are why this diet is gaining in popularity among doctors who can't argue with the positive results.

Moore grew up an overweight child and put on even more pounds in college. After marrying, he ballooned to 410 pounds.

'I Was a Mess'

"I was wearing size 62-inch waist pants, I was wearing 5XL shirts, I was on three prescription medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, breathing problems," he confessed. "I was a mess."

His wife, Christine, was concerned that Moore's weight would send him to an early grave. But she was powerless to stop his poor eating habits.

So she gave it to God.

"I was scared because I didn't want to be without him, and I loved him so much. So it took God taking control of the situation, and it's been wonderful," she said.

Moore said God led him to give up carbohydrates....and the pounds melted away.

"And the big thing - came off the cholesterol lowering medication, came off the blood pressure medication, came off the breathing medication all within six or eight months," he said.

Weight Loss Success

Moore is not alone.

Dr. Eric Westman, a nationally renowned obesity expert, heads up the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. When his patients follow Moore's diet, they lose weight and don't need their medicine any longer.

For example, Lynne Daniel Ivey lost 185 following Dr. Westman's advice.  Just look at the difference.

This "before" picture was taken after she had already lost 60 pounds. She wouldn't let anyone take her picture when she was at her heaviest.

Daniel outlined her life-long struggle with weight and how she ultimately found victory on her website.

"Here at Duke, we use mainly the low carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat diabetes and obesity," he explained. "And all the other problems that come with obesity, hypertension gets better, heartburn gets better, fatty liver, the list goes on and on."

Key to Burning Fat

Carbohydrates give us energy. When we eat more carbohydrates than our body's energy requirements demand, those extra carbs are turned into body fat.

Body fat is simply fat that is being stored for later use. When we eat fewer carbohydrates than our energy needs require, such as in times of famine, our body gets its energy by burning the stored body fat.

Westman pointed out that Americans are good at storing the fat. The only problem is, there is such an abundance of food that we never have the need to use that fat.

"I went to the mall, and there was a gentleman," he said. "I calculated he could live for a year without eating, he was carrying around so much extra energy. We look at that: it's fat, but it's just extra energy."

The good news is we don't have to go without food to burn the stored body fat. We just have to go without carbohydrates.

Westman recommended keeping carbs down to about 20 grams a day. That's not much. A cupcake is already too high. It has 26 grams of carbohydrates.

But carbohydrates aren't just desserts. They include whole grains and fruit. For example, a piece of whole wheat bread has 20 grams of carbohydrates and one banana has 27.

"I separate out fruits and vegetables," Westman explained. "I'll never say them in the same sentence. Fruits are high in sugar. Vegetables have much less sugar."

"So we want people to have vegetables," he said. "Fruits are an every now and again treat, like candy or something, that you wouldn't have every day."

Curing the Carb Craving

The key to giving up carbohydrates is replacing them with some protein, and a lot of fat. That includes monounsaturated fat like nuts, avocado, salmon, and olive oil.

It also includes saturated fat like eggs, cheese, butter, coconut oil, and bacon. However, stay away from vegetable oils, also known as Omega-6 fats, and steer clear of trans fats, both of which cause inflammation.

Moore said, like many Americans, he couldn't imagine living without carbohydrates. But he said eating fat cured those carb cravings.

"Before I started, I was a carbohydrate addict," he recalled. "I was eating two boxes of Little Debbie snack cakes a day, 16 cans of Coca-Cola a day."

"When you feed your body those really healthy fats, you don't get those cravings for those foods any more. I know it's hard to believe," he said.

Don't Fear the Fat

Many doctors, and even the government, tell us to avoid saturated fat because they say it causes heart disease. But Westman joins a growing number of physicians who say saturated fat is good for you.

"I tell my patients not to fear the fat. Eat lots of fat. Fat makes you feel full. There's no problem with fat," he said. "In fact, saturated fat, the fat that we've been taught not to eat, raises your good cholesterol best of all the foods you can eat."

Not only is saturated fat the optimal fuel for your brain, it also provides building blocks for cell membranes, hormones, and hormone-like substances.

    It acts as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
    It is required for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, and for mineral absorption.
    It acts as an antiviral agent.
    It modulates genetic regulation and helps prevent cancer.

In their new book, Cholesterol Clarity, Westman and Moore explain why we need to rethink what we've learned about fat and carbs. They point to new scientific evidence showing inflammation as the main cause of heart disease and other problems.

Inflammation comes from eating too many carbohydrates, not from high cholesterol.

"Knowing your total cholesterol is like knowing the end of a baseball game is 25," Moore said.

Cholesterol Numbers

The book goes further, explaining that some cholesterol can be good for you. HDL cholesterol is good, as well as some LDL cholesterol, but only the large, fluffy particles, known as Pattern A.

On the other hand, the small, dense LDL cholesterol, known as Pattern B, does indeed cause heart disease. Those small, dense LDL particles come from eating a diet that's high in....not saturated fat....but high in carbohydrates.

Most people get blood work at their doctor's office that reveals their HDL and their LDL cholesterol levels. The problem with that is that knowing your total LDL number is not helpful. You need to know the number of your small, dense particles.

Fortunately, you can know and it's easy. You just have to ask.

Tell your doctor you would like to have the NMR lipoprofile test. That test gives you the total LDL number and also how many small particles you have.

You want the small particles to be 20 percent or less of the total LDL. It's easy to get and all major labs offer it, including LabCorp and Quest.

Most insurance policies cover the test as well. Best of all, even if your doctor were to refuse to order it, you can order it yourself via a third-party like Direct Labs, or you can order the test online and get blood drawn locally.

The Right Tests

What if your number of small, dense LDL particles is greater than 20 percent of your total LDL number? You need to make changes in your diet.

Remember, those small dense particles are caused by eating too many carbohydrates, trans fats, and industrialized Omega-6 fats, found in cooking oils like vegetable oil, soybean oil, corn oil, etc. So eliminate those harmful fats, drastically reduce your carbohydrate intake, and watch those small, dense LDL particles disappear.

You will be amazed how fast it happens.

While we are on the subject of tests your doctor runs, make a note of your triglycerides and your HDL. According to recent research, a high triglycerides number combined with a low HDL number is a predictor for a very high risk of cardiovascular disease.

Your triglycerides should ideally be under 100 and optimally under 70. Your HDL cholesterol should ideally be over 50 and optimally over 70.

Consume less carbohydrates in your diet to drop your triglycerides enough and eat more fat, especially saturated fat, to raise HDL.

High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP for short) is a simple blood test any doctor can have run to measure for inflammation. Your target for this one is under 1.0.

Low Carb Doctors

If you feel your doctor is not right for you because he or she is against a low carb diet, here is a list of 300 doctors who are in favor of such an approach: List of Low-Carb Doctors.

Moore is living proof that a diet low in carbs but high in saturated fat is good for the heart.

"I had a heart scan score, where they just do a CT of your heart to see if there's any calcified plaque in there. Zero. None. Eighty-five percent fat in my diet and no clogged arteries," he said.

A low-carbohydrate, high fat diet is controversial among doctors, and goes against conventional wisdom. But a growing number of doctors say success stories like Moore's are making them take a closer look at how a low-carb, high fat diet might help their obese patients.

Jimmy sums it up by saying,

"All those years that I was dealing with the obesity I knew God was hearing my prayer, and that some day I was going to find the answer that was right for me," Moore said. "And I have. And now I'm trying to share that with other people and be an encouragement to them."
You've lost 100 lbs. Zedta ?? How many calories per day do you consume ??  Would you mind telling us what you eat in a typical day ??

I personally have started following a mix of Westin A Price Foundation and The Primal Blueprint/Mark's Daily Apple info on eating more traditional foods. Dr. Thomas Woods and his family and friends have been doing The Primal Blueprint. What all these paleo/primal/WAPF groups have in common is shunning the modern Whole Grain propaganda and "Saturated fat and cholesterol cause death" b.s. Ancel Keys, who claimed that saturated fat kills people, lied about his findings to prove his theory. Hence, the "French Paradox" where the French each lots of dairy and saturated fats/cholesterol in their traditional diet and have low heart disease and stroke compared to us. Big Agra, Big Pharm and Big Food have to do gymnastics to explain this.
What about high fat diet and gallbladder? I remember learning fat, female and 40- most likely gallbladder issues.

I switched out margarine for real butter 10 yrs ago and wonder if it was wise. I also started eating red meat then. (The pregnancies make me crave meat)

My dads family genes are horrible with heart disease and people dying mid 50s.

There is emerging science which is showing all this cholesterol mumbo jumbo is well mumbo jumbo. Heart disease is caused by upper respiratory diseases which go untreated by antibiotics which enlarges the heart and weaken it. The entire heart disease and diabetic diet, which removes salt, causes the kidneys over time, to increase renin production, and are the reason for heart attacks and strokes. It could be said the "diets" are causing the heart attacks and strokes. Which explains why Europeans eat fats and smoke yet have nowhere near the heart attacks or strokes as Americans.

Tim's very own deduction only; liberals are congenitally incapable of science or math, just saying.

I have lost 83 pounds since the end of March.

I absolutely insist on consuming plenty of fats and protein.  Fats include mayonnaise, olive oil, peanut butter, canola oil, butter and avocadoes.  I always feel better physically after consuming these fats.  I can tell the difference right away.

I cannot eat a high carb diet -- the kind that dietitians (whom I call the bird women) recommend.  It has me climbing the walls in short order.  I need animal protein and fat every day, and plenty of it.  I eat plenty of vegetables, especially steamed vegetables and salads.  I limit my fruit to one or two a day.

My approach to weight loss has been intuitive eating, focusing on whole, unprocessed foods, but not being fanatical about it and not eating like a bunny rabbit.  I use my exercise bike six mornings a week and do plenty of walking.

That's it!   :)

I had my blood pressure taken on Wednesday.  It's 118/74.  Pretty good for a 50-year-old, huh?
(10-11-2013, 08:41 AM)Tim Wrote: liberals are congenitally incapable of science or math, just saying.


Science and math;  not emotional subjects and requires a sense of logic to comprehend. Liberals are neither logical nor can they be unemotional in any discussion.

As for the 'Respiratory Hypothesis', well, that's a new one to me, but intriguing. Not all of the diabetic diet is trash, but some major elements are and the salt thing is important, because eliminating salt allows the accumulation of renin in the kidneys (salt pushes out the renin) which can lead to kidney failure with time.

Edited to add: The "Social Sciences" are not true science since they are largely bound by popular opinion and rarely on hard facts. One could include Psychology as a pseudoscience, as are Social Science, Political Science et al.  More of a kind of "Art".
Yes, we do need to eat the fat. You want eat fat to lose fat. The kinds you should be consuming is saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), monounsaturated fat (olives, olive oil, avocados), and Omega 3 fatty acids (found in fish like salmon and sardines, chia seeds, flax seeds).

We need carbohydrates, but we need to ditch the grains. Vegetables should be our main source for carbs.

I find it really interesting what is basically the (medically prescribed) keto diet is being advised here.

My oldest daughter, at around age 22 months, was having irretractable seizures and not responding to medication after medication. We started talking about trialling the ketogenic diet to control the epilepsy, which is considered a 'last resort" before surgery to start hacking out parts of her brain.

It was only through the grace of God we hit on the right drug cocktail (now at age 7, she has 5 daily medications she takes, 2 or 3 times a day depending on the medication), but the more I read about this low-carb business the more I wonder about how our bodies and our brains are supposed to function and how our modern diet affects it. We already know that with her autism, dairy, soy and gluten are no-nos, as they upset her biology so badly it's like she's on a bender.

Thanks for posting this, gives me something to chew on.

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