Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark HymanBefore I read this book I was a fat Midwestern American. And after reading this book I am still a fat Midwestern American. I am not a credible source on the eating program contained in this book as I have not tried it. I am merely a reader who is telling you what I found in the pages of the book. This book is full of information on how the typical American diet is a poisonous all you can eat buffet. I did learn some interesting facts such as the stuff that comes out of beaver anal glands is featured in vanilla flavoring. Who wouldnt want to know that? A major point in this book is how the low fat diet people have hoodwinked us into eating the wrong things. I certainly do not disbelieve his science on this and I was excited at the prospect of finding an eating program that would allow some normal food. Then I got to the (very brief) section on the actual 21 day eating plan. The first part of this book chastised me for eating anything that is not naturally found, comes in a can or box, or has been processed away from being a whole food. Yes, great idea , I thought to myself. And then the first chapter on this program is all about the long list of supplements one should be taking- fiber powders, oil capsules, vitamins- and only some are familiar to me. Seriously? I start to wonder where I could gather all these items. My local apothecary seems an unlikely place- but oh wait, never mind, Dr. Hyman has made it easy by selling them himself on the website that goes with his program. And as his suggestions continue he continues to suggest other websites we can shop for the other products we will need. Its not that I believed he is altruistic and not looking for money- this is his umpteenth food program/book I think, but it was disappointing for me. As was the list of foods he said to eat- it was short and really just a list. He added some recipes in the back- which made me depressed. Because after all his talk about how bad low fat diets are- he is telling me to eat the same foods (ground turkey and greens) only to add some coconut oil and nuts. Personally I abhor all things coconut, but I promised myself Id keep an open mind and consider it until the end. I think the most insulting thing was when the good dr. tried inspiring me with his - If I can do it, anyone can do it logic. Apparently his life is super busy and hes a single dad. And he likes coconut I bet too. Damn him. So at the end of it all I as a reader am feeling panicked. When I look at any food on the shelf of my local Piggly Wiggly I worry that the dead cow in the package was fed corn along with antibiotics so that his stomach would not explode before he could be slaughtered for my meal, the turkeys were certainly given genetically modified grains, and the vegetables are drowning in pesticide. While this is what the dr. wants me to worry about, instead of making me feel empowered I feel overwhelmed, scared, ashamed, and a bit hopeless. And others will argue that I should wake up and I should be uncomfortable, but come on, I can do my best to research my food sources, devote my life to it in fact, and I still wont know really what that turkey ate or was injected with. I could quit my job and raise turkeys I suppose, oh wait no I cant - I would hate that and without my job Id invent my own diet plan called Slim means, slim waist, how you too can give up your income and not afford food! What I can do is take the few principles I learned here that are valuable and stick to veggies, organic if possible, eat some lean meat, looking for grass fed animals, and take a multivitamin. Hmmmm.... This sounds familiar- oh yeah the low fat diet proponents already told me most of that. If you are someone who has done this program and is feeling great, I am happy for you. You certainly are braver and more invested than I. I am a bit worried about your bowel habits though- there were many warnings about constipation and loose stools. I hope its all working out for you in the end. This journey as a whole is not for me and I think what its made me realize is that a diet program is not going to work on my weight issue as much as common sense and motivation can. Now, if there were a pill for those things- Id be all over it! Be well.
Eat Fat, Get Thin with Dr. Mark Hyman
Eat Fat, Get Thin
Last Updated on August 30, I first learned about Dr. Anyway, I heard an interview that Dr. Hyman did recently with Dave Asprey and was blown away by how knowledgeable, kind, and open-minded they are both former vegetarians and vegans, respectively, by the way, but who maintain full respect for those who choose not to use or consume animal products as part of an ethical stance. I was so drawn into this interview that I immediately contacted Dr.
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Combine paleo with vegan and what do you get? A trendy eating plan dubbed the pegan diet not pagan, mind you — that's something else. Mark Hyman first coined the term on his blog in , but the philosophy has only since picked up steam. If simultaneously eating like a caveman and cutting out all animal products sounds tough, you're right. While the pegan diet does allow some meat, fish, and eggs , it still limits whole grains, dairy, and legumes.
If you eat too much fat, you'll get fat, right? It sounds obvious, but it's not necessarily true. The thinking among doctors and researchers has evolved over the decades, and while some experts still tout the low-fat approach, others say that your fat intake has little to do with the number on the scale. The problem is that cutting way back on fat tends to translate to loading up on carbs—which might turn out to be even worse for your waist and your heart. Interestingly, the latest dietary guidelines from the USDA don't even set a specific limit on how much fat you can eat each day though it does crack down on sugar.