For decades, fat has been imprisoned, falsely convicted in the court of public opinion by misleading studies and reports. Food producers jumped on the low-fat bandwagon by flooding the market with low-fat, high sugar and refined carb foods that have made us sick and fat. The time has come to debunk our fat-phobia and embrace the health and weight-loss benefits of a higher fat diet rich in eggs, nuts and seeds, fatty fish, organic and grass-fed meats, healthy oils, avocados, coconut, and other satisfying, flavor-filled foods, because fat is not the enemy. So says Dr. Mark Hyman in his new book, Eat Fat Get Thin.
Eat Fat Get Thin
In his fantastic new book, Eat Fat Get Thin (Little, Brown and Company, publishers), NY Times bestselling author, Director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and founder of The UltraWellness Center, Dr. Mark Hyman proves why the fat we eat is the key to sustained weight loss and vibrant health.His new book is a must-read if you are interested in being healthy, achieving an optimal weight and long term wellness. Order a copy on Amazon today.
Fat: Friend or Foe?
We've been brainwashed into thinking fat is the foe, and that eating fat makes us fat. But the demonization of fat has created one big, fat health mess in this country. It's time to separate fat from fiction. The notion that eating a low fat diet means being thin and healthy is outdated. Eating more fat is the best thing we can do for our health, weight and longevity, teaches Dr. Hyman. You heard that right. We need to eat more fat - healthy fat, that is.
Food is Medicine
It was a privilege being introduced to Dr. Hyman while working on The Daniel Plan in 2011. He has a driving passion for creating health and a quenchless desire to help people get healthy. Not by using drugs as the primary solution, but healthy by using food. I have learned from him that food is the most powerful medicine we have. He says when teaching that the most powerful medicine we have is found at the end of our forks.
So We Can Eat Fat and Not Get Fat?
Yes, but is has to be the right kind of fat. All fat is not created equal. Eat Fat Get Thin educates readers about healthy fat and unhealthy fat. What we should eat, should not eat, and the science behind why.
"Over the last five years, the scientific evidence has been mounting that high fat diets outperform low-fat diets for weight loss and for reversing every single indicator of heart disease risk, including abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, inflammation and more", writes Dr. Hyman.
Grab a pen, a highlighter and some sticky notes and be prepared to dig in. In Eat Fat Get Thin, Dr. Hyman offers practical tips and tools, easy-to-follow advice, plus recipes and shopping lists. All that we need for cooking our way to health, losing weight, and preventing (or reversing) disease.
Does it get kind of medical? Well, yes, but you can get through it. Dr. Hyman did incredible research to prove his point in Eat Fat Get Thin, with hundreds of medical references. A few highlights from the book:
- Dietary fat speeds up our metabolism, reduces hunger, stimulates fat burning and helps reduce, not increase, our overall calorie intake.
- Excess carbs, not fat, stimulate appetite, increase belly fat storage and slow our metabolism
- Dietary fat, and saturated fat specifically, does not cause heart disease. It is sugar and refined carbs, not fat, that are responsible for the epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and the increased risk of dementia
- Dietary saturated fat raises the good kind of cholesterol (and no, cholesterol is not evil either) and improves brain function
- The slippery subject of mass-market vegetable oils like corn, soy, canola, sunflower and safflower that create inflammation, which is at the heart of all chronic lifestlye diseases plaguing us today
The book is broken down into four chapters including 1) How Did We Get Into This Big Fat Mess? 2) Separating Fat From Fiction, 3) The Eat at Get Thin Plan, and finally chapter 4) Eat Fat Get Thin Cooking and Recipes.
And the recipes are all delicious and taste great because I created them! It was an awesome project to work on.
Working with Dr. Hyman's team was great experience while developing the recipes for Eat Fat Get Thin. Fat satisfies us and fat carries flavor in cooking, so the recipes are great tasting, high in healthy fat and lower carb focused.
About the Recipes
Eat Fat Get Thin includes recipes for healthy smoothies, flavor-filled salads and dressings, delectable sauces like Spanish Romesco, Creamy Cashew Lime Sauce, Avocado Cream and a No-Cheese Sauce. You will find seafood dishes like Coconut Curry Mussels, Five Spice Seared Salmon, Teriyaki Black Cod and super soups and stews like Bistro Beef and Vegetable Stew, Spiced Caribbean Tempeh Stew, a rich and easy clam chowder and Cream of Mushroom Soup.
For meat and poultry, try the Beef and Veggies Stuffed Peppers, Spiced Lamb and Vegetable Shepherd's Pie, Spiced Beef Taco Wraps with Guacamole and one of my favorites - Braised Chicken with Creamy Cashew Gravy.
In a few days, I will post the Braised Chicken recipe from the book along with my cooking tips. For another great book by Dr. Hyman read FOOD: What the Heck Should I Eat?
PBS TV Special with Dr. Mark Hyman and Eat Fat Get Thin
Check this link on KQED TV for when the program will air next for watching or recording. It was great being in the audience.