Eat Fat Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats (Plume, 2005), by Mary Enig, PhD, a biochemist specializing in lipids (fats), and Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, contains three programs that show how to use healthy foods for weight loss, for improved health, and for everyday meals.
The authors explain why obsessive food cravings derail both weight loss efforts and good intentions:
"You experience cravings when your body isn't getting the nutrients it needs from food."
It's not just that cravings come along with inefficient dieting. No, "obesity is actually a symptom of nutritional deficiencies."
The solution is to eat:
This book provides specifics on how to do that and supplies a lot of information about foods and metabolism.
The authors explain that low-fat diets are a disaster when they cause a deficiency of healthy fats.
Without healthy fats, the body builds tissues and organs that don't function properly and that can't use the nutrients from food.
A deficiency of healthy fats causes obesity, low energy, abnormal hunger, cravings, blood sugar problems, and thyroid problems—all very familiar modern problems.
The trick is to distinguish between necessary healthy fats and harmful fats.
The authors examine the evidence: Do healthy fats cause heart disease? They conclude that they certainly do not. It's specific harmful fats that cause heart disease.
The most harmful fats are:
However, the body needs healthy saturated fats and uses them in a healthy way.
Saturated fats make up much of:
The body uses saturated fats to get calcium into the bones, to protect the liver from toxins, for kidney function, and to make hormones.
When the body doesn't get enough saturated fats, it uses whatever comes to hand. It will use trans fats and polyunsaturated fats as a substitute.
A mainstay of the Eat Fat Lose Fat program is coconut oil, a healthy saturated fat and superfood. It's used in cooking, to replace unhealthy fats, and as a supplement. Coconut oil has special properties that assist weight loss. It is tasty and satisfying enough to fulfill dieters' need for "satiation." It is health-promoting enough to also be a major part of the Health Recovery program.
Eat Fat Lose Fat contains three programs:
The principles are simple:
"Core Principles of Quick and Easy Weight Loss
"Core Elements of Health Recovery
Each program has
Eat Fat Lose Fat has the most sensible weight loss plan I have ever seen. It's based on up-to-date biochemistry and common sense. No one will be hungry or have yo-yo weight fluctuations with this program.
The Health Recovery program is also based on sound nutrition. It has the potential to turn around the health of those whose illnesses stem in part or whole from subclinical malnutrition.
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