Ignore the high fat diet cult

Zero fat is definitely not the answer. Now let's talk about the opposite end of the spectrum - the high fat diet. In the weight loss and bodybuilding world, there is a small "cult" of high fat advocates who insist that a very high fat diet (40-70% of your calories) is the ultimate method of losing fat, building muscle and improving athletic performance. Why anyone would fall for such tripe is beyond me, but it's probably because it sounds so off the edge, unusual and controversial. Any diet that sounds "new" and controversial, combined with a ton of marketing is bound to catch people's attention because of its uniqueness.

As I mentioned earlier in this manual, it's easy to overlook the fundamentals and disregard common sense in our quest for some esoteric magical formula. Frankly, there are some really stupid things being said about nutrition these days and eating high fats (especially saturated and processed fats) is one of them. The high fat diet is totally without scientific or practical basis. It's a marketing scheme. They've taken the idea, "You have to eat fat to lose fat," which is true, to its extreme. Unfortunately, these hucksters have done so at the expense of many people's health and appearance.

The high fat diet cult will try to convert you with arguments that sound very convincing. They'll cite scientific studies. They'll say it's the reason the Bulgarian weightlifters achieved world dominance in Olympic lifting. They'll say the metabolic state of ketosis is the #1 secret to fat loss. They'll even say top bodybuilders are using it to get more ripped than ever, and surely, some pro bodybuilder will accept money to have his picture used in the ad -even though he's never even tried a high fat diet!

Proponents of high fat diets such as the Atkins Diet claim that saturated fats are not bad for you. They frequently cite the Eskimos as an example. Eskimos, living in an arctic climate, do not have ready access to fresh fruits, vegetables and grains, so their diet is composed mostly of meat and fat - about 60% fat to be exact - yet they are perfectly healthy.

What the high fat advocates fail to mention is that a very large portion of the fats eaten by the Eskimos come from fish, whale blubber and other unprocessed fats. The omega 3 fatty acids probably had a cardio-protective effect, which prevented the Eskimos from having a high incidence of disease. This is nothing like the high fat diets of modern Americans, which allow processed fatty meats, hydrogenated oils, baked goods, fried foods, supermarket oils and other highly processed fats.

The link between saturated fat and disease is very well documented. However, eating the right amounts of cardio-protective EFAs seems to counter balance some of the negative effects of saturated fats. If you optimize your intake of the good omega 3 and omega 6 fats, then you can use moderate amounts of saturated fats without fear. Leaving small amounts of saturated fats in your diet, such as some lean red meat (preferably grass-fed) and/or one or two egg yolks per day (instead of throwing all the yolks away), is not only permissible, it can actually be beneficial. Still, it's not wise to eat a lot of saturated fat, nor should you eat a large portion of your total calories from fat - especially if you're eating a mixed diet that also contains ample amounts of carbohydrates.

Dieting Dilemma and Skinny Solutions

Dieting Dilemma and Skinny Solutions

The captivating thing about diets is that you don't get what is researched or predicted or calculated but rather, you get precisely what you expect. If the diet resonates with you then it will likely work, if it doesn't resonate, it won't.

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