I have upped my fat to about 65-70 %, and am healthier than ever before.
I have congestive heart failure, so I had to lose weight, and low carb, high fat allowed me to control my appetite, and lose weight.
I know the diet is extreme, and most people won't eat as I do, but if one can get healthier at 65% fat, then there is nothing to fear from 40 %, or 50 %.. it is more important how you get the fat. I get a lot from macadamia nuts, and olive oil, and eat chicken without skin, which sounds funny, but I prefer to get my fat no from the skin, which I find revolting..lol, and add olive oil. I also choose to limit red meat to one day a week, even though I am not sure if it matters. I just prefer chicken. I do eat thighs instead of chicken breasts, because they are higher fat, but I don't just eat any fat.
I did have an issue with cholesterol, and low HDL, and read in some book that saturated fat would raise my HDL, and my Tchol dropped 90 points, and my HDL went from 24 to 37, and I am off my Lovastatin, which was lucky, because now I would be on the pill just because I have CHF. If I was still on it, they wouldn't think of taking me off of it today, but with a 105 Tchol, they can suggest it, but I prefer not to take pills.
At the very least, it needs to be studied more. I love my results, but sometimes reasons why it works are hazy, and I would love to know that my results can be replicated, which means we have to explain why, so others can follow a plan, not just start a high fat diet like I did, and get bonus health benefits. Until I dropped my diabetes meds, and cut my BP meds, I just figured the statin would take care of my cholesterol, which was way down my list of worries. Once I was down to just cholesterol, and CHF, I wanted to eliminate the cholesterol pill.
Getting down to 1 problem controlled by pills, makes life easier, and less chance of drug interactions. Some of my pills were to overcome the side effects of others, and I fixed all the dietary problems, with high fat. Hopefully, I can get my heart valve replaced soon, and see what difference that makes.
I think for most people this may just give them peace of mind, knowing that if they eat 35 % fat,instead of 25%, it won't clog their arteries, as long as they don't get it from certain kinds of fats. SP allows 30 %, with some leeway, but I hear a lot of people aiming for much lower, because of the idea that fat is bad.
Many fatty foods like avocado, and nuts, have other healthy nutrients that will make you healthier, despite being high in fat.
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