Saturday, January 02, 2010
I believe that most people find losing weight difficult (and often give up) is because in addition to restricting the bad carbs (all sugars & starches) they also try to incorporate “low fat” into the equation (i.e. lean meats). And why wouldn't we with the onslaught of mass media propaganda against fat consumption? Our whole nation has a fat phobia that is reinforced daily on all fronts. Which is downright wrong, the science just doesn’t support this (but the advertising dollars of mass media definitely does).
I believe adding (healthy) fats into the equation makes for successful weight loss and has many health benefits. What are healthy fats? “Animal Fats”….. “Say What”??? Yes, forgo the “lean protein” and go for the fatty meats. Chicken with the skin on, the highest fat content of hamburger, eat the fat attached to beef and pork, and fatty organ meats are the best. Render your own lard and beef tallow for cooking. Additionally enjoy all the rich full fat dairy and eggs from these animals.
However, there is a caveat. Since our animals are fed grains to fatten them up (the same as us “thank you very much FDA food pyramid”) consuming the fat from those animals gives us a disproportionate Omega 6 fat to Omega 3 fat ratio. The solution is to eat only pastured animals that are grass fed and grass finished, which maintain the correct omega ratios. Since this for most this is not economically feasible, that includes yours truly, I consume the grain fed animals and supplement with Omega 3 oils. My understanding is that krill oil may be the best way to do this. I further help to correct the omega fat ratio balance by avoiding all manmade fats, all of which are highly unstable Omega 6 polyunsaturated fats; this includes all vegetable oils (to name a few corn/soy/canola/safflower). I do use olive oil, and my beloved coconut oil. I do not consume ANY trans fats or hydrogenated fats.
I do pay the extra price for organic grass fed animal fats (butter, cream, sour cream, yogurt, eggs) because it is my understanding that these fats are less toxic and full of fat soluble vitamins so critical to good health.
The best book to hone up on ‘fat facts’ is Mary Enig’s book “Know Your Fats: The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol”
Any of course the whole premise of Sally Fallon’s book “EAT FAT, LOSE FAT”, is to eat FAT to lose weight and be healthy.