THE SKINNY ON FAT

Protein rich foods including eggs, spinach leaves and pumpkin seeds with a glass of pouring milk in the middle

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What if I was to tell you you could lose weight and optimise your health by eating more fat?

What if I told you that all those foods that were once demonised are actually good for you?

What if the very foods that you’ve been told to eat are actually the reason you can’t lose weight no matter how hard you train?

The truth is that the obesity epidemic, although multifactorial, is largely due to the demonisation of healthy fats and the subsequent inclusion of added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, processed foods, vegetable oils and the recommendations that the majority of our calories come from wheat and grains.

Now I’m not going to get into the calories in calories out debate, which I believe to be defunct as it neglects the hormonal response to the foods we eat, nor will I discuss in depth the hormonal disruptions that certain foods like soy, gluten or wheat have on your endocrine system, your organs, your brain however I will say that the single most important thing you can do for your health is to limit the amounts of processed foods you eat, particularly those foods that elevate your blood glucose levels causing an insulin response and a subsequent cascade of events that lead to weight gain, atherosclerosis, brain fog, lethargy and fatigue to name a few.

Replace these foods with healthy fats and protein from avocados, nuts, fish, grass fed beef and butter, non hydrogenated coconut oil and please include as many vegetables and dark leafy greens as you can for fibre , vitamins and minerals. There are some fantastic resources out there explaining how you can maximise your efforts in the gym by eating the right types of foods at the right times.

Books I recommend are Primal Body Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas, The Bulletproof Diet by Dave Asprey or The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson.You can also download free podcasts from Dave Asprey.

 

WRITTEN BY: MARK THORPE

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