Eat Fat, Get Thin by Mark HymanBefore I read this book I was a fat Midwestern American. And after reading this book I am still a fat Midwestern American. I am not a credible source on the eating program contained in this book as I have not tried it. I am merely a reader who is telling you what I found in the pages of the book. This book is full of information on how the typical American diet is a poisonous all you can eat buffet. I did learn some interesting facts such as the stuff that comes out of beaver anal glands is featured in vanilla flavoring. Who wouldnt want to know that? A major point in this book is how the low fat diet people have hoodwinked us into eating the wrong things. I certainly do not disbelieve his science on this and I was excited at the prospect of finding an eating program that would allow some normal food. Then I got to the (very brief) section on the actual 21 day eating plan. The first part of this book chastised me for eating anything that is not naturally found, comes in a can or box, or has been processed away from being a whole food. Yes, great idea , I thought to myself. And then the first chapter on this program is all about the long list of supplements one should be taking- fiber powders, oil capsules, vitamins- and only some are familiar to me. Seriously? I start to wonder where I could gather all these items. My local apothecary seems an unlikely place- but oh wait, never mind, Dr. Hyman has made it easy by selling them himself on the website that goes with his program. And as his suggestions continue he continues to suggest other websites we can shop for the other products we will need. Its not that I believed he is altruistic and not looking for money- this is his umpteenth food program/book I think, but it was disappointing for me. As was the list of foods he said to eat- it was short and really just a list. He added some recipes in the back- which made me depressed. Because after all his talk about how bad low fat diets are- he is telling me to eat the same foods (ground turkey and greens) only to add some coconut oil and nuts. Personally I abhor all things coconut, but I promised myself Id keep an open mind and consider it until the end. I think the most insulting thing was when the good dr. tried inspiring me with his - If I can do it, anyone can do it logic. Apparently his life is super busy and hes a single dad. And he likes coconut I bet too. Damn him. So at the end of it all I as a reader am feeling panicked. When I look at any food on the shelf of my local Piggly Wiggly I worry that the dead cow in the package was fed corn along with antibiotics so that his stomach would not explode before he could be slaughtered for my meal, the turkeys were certainly given genetically modified grains, and the vegetables are drowning in pesticide. While this is what the dr. wants me to worry about, instead of making me feel empowered I feel overwhelmed, scared, ashamed, and a bit hopeless. And others will argue that I should wake up and I should be uncomfortable, but come on, I can do my best to research my food sources, devote my life to it in fact, and I still wont know really what that turkey ate or was injected with. I could quit my job and raise turkeys I suppose, oh wait no I cant - I would hate that and without my job Id invent my own diet plan called Slim means, slim waist, how you too can give up your income and not afford food! What I can do is take the few principles I learned here that are valuable and stick to veggies, organic if possible, eat some lean meat, looking for grass fed animals, and take a multivitamin. Hmmmm.... This sounds familiar- oh yeah the low fat diet proponents already told me most of that. If you are someone who has done this program and is feeling great, I am happy for you. You certainly are braver and more invested than I. I am a bit worried about your bowel habits though- there were many warnings about constipation and loose stools. I hope its all working out for you in the end. This journey as a whole is not for me and I think what its made me realize is that a diet program is not going to work on my weight issue as much as common sense and motivation can. Now, if there were a pill for those things- Id be all over it! Be well.
The Health Bridge – Eat Fat, Get Thin with Guest Dr. Mark Hyman
Creating Diet And Health Mythology, ‘Eat Fat, Get Thin’
I just had to write a review about this book because it was the information inside that got me started with a high fat, low carb diet. My knees used to kill me. But now the pain is gone. I sleep soundly and feel great when I wake up in the morning. He has zero acid reflux.
I lost 8 lbs, 1" from my waist, and 4" from my hips. On top of all of that, I feel great -- good energy level, calmer, and more focused.
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Mark Hyman, discusses why the fat we eat is the key to sustained weight loss and vibrant health. Hyman is a premiere Functional Medicine doctor, author, and speaker in the United States. A victim of chronic fatigue, obesity, depression, and mercury toxicity, Dr. Hyman fought his way back to better health by utilizing the same principles of Real Health that we use here at the Riordan Clinic. Hyman rediscovered whole real!