On the topic of fat-phobia Jaminet writes:
For most people the diet poses two stumbling blocks: giving up cereal grains and eating more fat.
Getting up cereals like wheat, bread and pasta is the hardest part. Grains are convenient and easy (cereal for breakfast, sandwich at lunch; beer and pasta for dinner) . Worse, they are addictive. Grains like wheat contain natural opiodes which stimulate the same pleasure receptors as morphine and heroin.
But as we’ll see, giving up grains can deliver huge health benefits.
The other difficulty, eating more fat shouldn’t be hard: fat tastes great! But decades of anti-fat propaganda have made us fat-phobic: scared that eating fat will raise serum cholesterol and cause heart attacks or strokes
Fat-phobia is a great mistake. Above about 600 calories per day, dietary carbs increase fat in the body but only after poisoning that tissue they touch, and feeding any bacteria that intercept them. Excess carbs generate a bad lipid profile and contribute to heart disease, cancer, obesity diabetes and dementia. Switching to a fat-rich diet is a key step toward good health.
Fat-phobia does have some basis in fact. Omega 6 fats are toxic in excess. High omega 6 diets, especially if also carb-rich and toxin-rich, quickly poison lab animals. (Resorting to omega-6-plus grain or sugar diets is a favorite trick of diet researchers; it can wreck the health of mice in a few months – very convenient if you need to get a paper out quickly ,) so it is important if you don’t want to go away if those lab mice, to avoid omega-6 rich oils like soybean oil and corn oil
We’ll start with a preview that looks at mammals and mother’s milk for a few reasons to abandon fat-phobia and embrace a low (20% calories) carb / high (65% calories) fat diet. This preview is intended to persuade you that the diet makes sense, and is worth a try - and it is worth reading the rest of the book But remember:
The proof of the diet is in the eating.
If you try the diet, you will see your health improve. The trying may be hard… but the rewards will be persuasive. "
If the early bird catches the worm, I'd rather be late & eat cheesecake!
| Pounds lost: 75.5