I am scared because I read all these things on this site and they all seem good, and I 100% agree with the exercise portion... but while the nutrition info is very convincing. I'm still scared. I haven't gone all the way, or even kinda far primal at all, but I've been dabbling. Slowly. At least attempting to trim down on grains if nothing else (though still not hardcore about it)... but anyway, I'm on board with the low grains thing, that makes sense though it's hard. Cutting out sugars is a no brainer. What scares me is the fats bit.
Like, I made this for breakfast, all from the farmers market:
And it was delicious but greasy as all hell...
I couldn't help but think, damn, what if he is wrong and I am straight up clogging up my arteries... and it's hard to know because all different people say all different kinds of things, and how do I know who to believe is right?
You are not clogging your arteries! Research has shown that grains and starches:
1) Are full of toxic anti-nutrients;
2) Raise your blood sugars and wear out your pancreas just as much as if you were eating straight table sugar;
3) If eaten instead of good saturated fats, deprive the body of things it needs to maintain healthy cells, healthy brains, and health in general.
In addition, research has repeatedly shown:
1) There is no correlation between saturated fat and heart disease;
2) There is a strong correlation between carbohydrate intake and heart disease;
3) The majority of Grok's diet was saturated fat and, to a lesser extent, protein.
Read these books for links to actual science and debunking of the heart-fat myths:
The Primal Blueprint, by Mark Sisson
Life Without Bread, by Allan and Lutz
Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, by Richard K. Bernstein, MD
Protein Power, by Michael and Mary Dan Eades, MDs
Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes
And I'll point you at the same videos and articles I pointed someone at earlier this week, who expressed similar fears:
Hope this helps you arm yourself against fat fear. Trust me, give it about two weeks and fifteen pounds lost and you'll see that this works for weight loss. Give it four months and a few blood tests, and you'll see it works to reduce every heart disease risk known to science - and you'll never go back (and hopefully convert your doctor to the low-carb way of eating, too!). Eventually you'll find yourself getting a spoon to get the extra fat off the plate.
Take my experience: I'm a newly-diagnosed Type II diabetic who is determined to reverse my diabetes. In the past three and a half weeks, my fasting blood sugars (which are almost always the highest for diabetics during any given day) have dropped from the mid-180s to the mid-120s or lower, most days. My average blood sugars have dropped from the mid-170s to the mid-110s. I'm not quite as far down as I'd like to be, with the sugars, but they're much better than they were. Similarly with weight - I started this with 177 pounds to lose. Now I have 152 pounds to lose. In three weeks, I've dropped 25 pounds. I expect this trend to continue for a while.
And I did it while eating breakfasts that look a lot like yours, above.
You can do this too. Your arteries will thank you for it.
Best of luck!
I am with you on this I am total 100% full go on the exercise style, and the cutting out of sugar is like you said a no brainer. But adding that much fat into my diet to me does not make since I understand my body needs some fats but I am not going to make fats the main course. I think there has to be a balance here.
If you eat wild game like grok did you will quickly realize that that wild game has a considerable amount of less fats compared to even grass feed beef.
Great Job Griff on dropping 25lbs in 3 weeks.
Yep... dietary fat isn't what makes you fat... it's really the sugar.
Try it for a month... if you don't like losing weight, having a ton of energy and lowering all your core blood test levels... you can always go back.
Read a book like Gary Taube's Good Calories Bad Calories and you'll know that none of the scientific studies ever convincingly concluded that dietary fat caused heart disease or that even elevated cholesterol levels led to heart disease.
However there was a ton of research that showed a causal link between refined carbohydrates and sugar and increased levels of coronary heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
That breakfast looks great by the way! Much better for you than a bagel or a Nutri-Grain bar.
Here's the latest blog post from Tom Naughton's - the one who made the ovie Fat Head - blog:
I'm kind of scared too - of saturated fat, I mean. I read GCBC and will read it again as soon as my husband finishes it. I still worry about why we are told by nearly everyone that saturated fat leads to heart disease. I wonder if MDA is some weird fringe group that espouses preposterous unfounded nonsense. Where's my tinfoil hat? ;-)
Everything I have read recently (GCBC, MDA postings & Mark's book, and many other things I've found online) makes so much sense and I want to believe it wholeheartedly. On the other hand, I've read a fair amount about diet over the years and most of it made sense at the time. Macrobiotics? Sounds reasonable. Raw foods? Makes sense. Food combining? I see the point. John Robbins on veganism? Sounds good to me. Maybe I'm just ultra-gullible.
Since eating more primally in the past month, I have more energy and have lost a few pounds. I like eating this way. Yesterday I had bacon and a big cheddar-spinach omelet for breakfast around 9:00, and I wasn't hungry until about 4:00. I'm just skill skeptical after being told all my life that saturated fat is the worst thing to eat. If the evidence shows that eating Primal is safe and the food pyramid will make us fat and sick, why are we still told otherwise?