Because I’m fat, I’m fat, sha mone
(Fat, fat, really really fat)
You know I’m fat, I’m fat, you know it
And my shadow weighs a’ forty-two pounds
Lemme tell you once again who’s fat
This Weird Al’s song thinks of it. Probably we all think of it, but we fail to admit it. We like fat. And I mean animal-based, proper fat. Nobody actually likes salad-driven eating and low-fat dairy (given you are not intolerant to dairy, like a stunning 65% of all the people around the world :)). And we are kept on being spammed, that calorie restriction is the only way to go.
There are multiple benefits from high-fat, low-carb diets. This means passing on a pizza, buns, bagels, pasta, but not on a meatloaf or ribs! Would you believe, when the first standard of the ‘balanced’ diet was published in 1977 in the US, it was not based on any actual research? We were told to increase carb and sugar intake. Fat was supposed to be bad for our health. Can this be related to the fact, cereal, cookies, sweets, soft drinks and pizza sales started sky-rocketing since?
Other things also started soaring up. Obesity rates, that were not an issue, before this new dietary recommendation.
So being fat and eating fat are two different things. For decades, we’ve been told that saturated fat raises cholesterol and causes heart disease. However… several massive review studies have recently shown that fat is not linked to an increased risk of death from heart disease or stroke. Hell, it is not even linked to increased cholesterol. And decreased cholesterol, can actually lead to more fatalities (We have been unable to explain our results. These data cast doubt on the scientific justification for lowering cholesterol to very low concentrations (<4·65 mmol/L) in elderly people.). For most people, eating reasonable amounts of fat is perfectly safe and downright healthy.
When the high-carb, low-fat diets were reviewed, it appeared that they can’t be associated with neither fat loss or fat gain. But were linked to a potential damage, to the way our guts work. Bacteriological factor with the GMO and genetically modified gut flora was omitted here.
Is there any link to eating fat and getting fatter and sicker? Not really.
We get fatter on quite a few factors. To me the factors are:
- Extended use of various chemicals in modern society, ranging from farm bug-killers, through cleaning products, down to paints and plastic (intoxication and resulting hormonal/DNA disorders) Overall, the review of the existing literature identified linkages between several of the environmental exposures and type 2 diabetes. There was also support for the “developmental obesogen” hypothesis[…] (link), this includes chemicals in modern cigarettes
- Changes in lifestyle, leading to increase of highly-processed carbonate intake (see here)
- Changes in genetic properties of wheat; basically new wheat types can make us sick and fat
- Dramatic increase of exposition to human-made electromagnetic fields
- Changes in our gut micro-bio-flora as in my post Gutlings
If you remove animal fat, you are under health risks, if you keep it, you can actually feel much healthier. Note that, the key point is high-fat, low-carb, while your overall food consumption remains on reasonable levels.
The next question was, can you actually supplement this with vegetable fats? Not really. There are two factors here. One, like described in my post Kryptopyrroluria, there are some irreplaceable animal fatty acids. Two, although please remember, this is about replacing your whole diet with ‘healthy’, vegetable or poly-unsaturated fish oils: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials in humans showed that when saturated fat and trans fat are replaced with omega-6 PUFAs, all-cause mortality, ischemic heart disease mortality and cardiovascular mortality increase. It can simply, kill you.
Fats are also very important in general detox. Lipids (made from fatty acids) make up 60-80 % of the central nervous system and need to be constantly replenished. Deficiency makes the nervous system vulnerable to the fat soluble metals.
The one fat, you should add on top, is coming from the fish (best if cold-pressed or coming from smoked fish, as heating makes it go useless quickly), Omega-3. It is a fat, you want to have on your to-eat list.
At this point you will probably shout disagreement. Hold on, you will say. But everyone tells me, high-fat diets are bad. Saturated fats are bad and make me sick. You are not a scientist nor a doctor.
I am not, but I also read studies. The scarcer, but more logical ones, that do not use 1977 findings as axioms.
In Framingham, Mass., the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s serum cholesterol. The opposite of what… Keys et al would predict…We found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active.
What it basically mean, is if you restrict fat and calories, you are risking fat deficiency. Fat deficiency leads your organism to become creative. The creativity is – where else can I store toxins, that is mainly built of fat? Guess. Neurons. Brain. I would definitely not like to for my brain to be used, as the target toxin repository.
The last item I wanted to just briefly look at, was caloric restriction diets. Fasting is becoming a trend and it is positive on one hand. It reduces consumerism, which I personally hate. On the other hand, going fasting without fat, I don’t think this is a good idea. Mainly because of all of the factors for obesity I have listed above. Maybe there were health benefits from extreme fasting ages ago. But they didn’t have had WiFi, GMO and pesticides back then.
My personal belief, outside of people just being addicted to highly-processed foods (like sugar addictions), extreme fasting can become life-threatening. Especially to brain functions. Brain health issues usually do not show up immediately, until at least a few years later.
For calories, not all calories are created equal. Counting calories is pointless, outside of the self-motivating factor. A high protein diet, for example, can increase the metabolic rate by 80 to 100 calories per day and significantly reduce appetite. There are many more examples of different foods having vastly different effects on hunger, hormones and health. Because a calorie is not a calorie. What makes you count calories is carb-based diet, low in fat, in the first place.
And this is why, I think, people who move from typical diet, to calorie restriction diet see proper results from either frequent or infrequent fasting. They lower their carb intake and are forced to look for better food alternatives. Not necessarily just fasting helps. The question on long-term brain health, still remains open for me.
So what should we do?
First, if anyone offers you statins to lower cholesterol – run!
Two – eat your diet, keeping processed carb intake low, sugar intake low and fat and protein intake high. Watch out what quality of food you buy and avoid the processed ones. Learn to cook yourself.
And three – do not overeat.
*I also hate people, that waste food