Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark Hyman
The fat that we eat of course turns into fat on our body. WRONG. That's the essential mistake that we Americans have been making for decades. Following the advice of government nutrition experts, many of us drastically cut fat out of our diets. How did it work? Not good at all. The doctor notes that there has been a DRASTIC reduction in the percentage of fat in our diets, but heart disease and obesity are going UP!
The solution that the doctor recommends is based on scientific studies, as well as from patients in his own practice (who give their names and testimonials later in the book.) The key finding of these studies is remarkable: A diet high in fat INCREASES your metabolism compared to lower fat diets. One study showed that the high-fat eaters burn 300 calories a day more than the low-fat eaters. So, the idea is, get your metabolism running faster. You will be more full of energy and naturally lose weight.
Instead of fat, research now show that "Sugars and refined carbs are the true causes of obseity and heart disease--not fats, as we've been told. Carbs turn on the metabolic switch, causing a spike in the hormone insulin and this leads to fat storage..." So, Dr. Hyman explains, we've got to rethink out idea of fat--we need get over our FEAR of eating fat.
**TIP ON USING THIS PLAN**
The author often makes note of the carbs/protein/fat percentages. (And of course, the folly of the low-fat diet.) To keep track of how your diet contains carbs/protein/fat, I have found it useful to use a free app like "Loseit" or other similar apps. There are several good apps that you can get for free. These apps automatically keep track of these percentages, based on your meals. Then, you can get a summary, either for the week, or for the day. For instance, I just discovered that my eating habits put me pretty close to bad high-carb eating.
(See the photo of a screenshot showing my weekly nutritional mix.)
All in all, I found EAT FAT, GET THIN to be a little startling. The doctor's research was suprising to me. I honestly didn't know about the research showing that high fat diets speed-up your metabolism. I am re-evaluating how I eat, and I'm going to check-out the carb/fab mix in my diet.