You probably already know by now that the whole “low-fat” revolution is the main cause for the massive obesity pandemic we have today. Ancel Keys started the myth decades ago that fat is fattening and our government took his flawed science and ran with it, causing our society (and now the rest of the world) to be fatally misinformed.
What we have proven over the last 30 years is that low-fat eating is extremely fattening. It might sound counterintuitive, but eating fat does not make you fat. Eating most types of carbs does make you fat though, especially when those carbs are low-fat.
Combining certain types of calories also make you fat, like combining carbs with fat for instance, but as you can see, the common denominator is carbs.
Carbs make you fat. And here are the seven most fattening types of carbs.
1.) Soda is packed with sugar. In fact, it’s like concentrated sugar, dissolved in a liquid medium that makes it invisible to your eyes and to your hunger-satiety system. Whether that soda has real sugar or high fructose corn syrup is almost irrelevant, because in both cases, your body is thrown into fat storing mode and your brain is put on high alert hunger mode. Even diet soda has this same effect on your brain, so you end up eating more than the calories you just saved by drinking the toxic chemicals replacing the sugar. And don’t get me started on those toxic chemicals because they can contribute to obesity and disease as much or more than the sugar they are replacing.
2.) Cereal is either made mainly from sugar or composed of fast carbohydrates that and up being turned into sugar inside your body 30 minutes or less after eating them. Just say no to cereal. It’s the lazy man’s breakfast and it’s not doing you any good. It’s only hurting you, making you sicker and fatter. It’s also doing that to your kids, so stop feeding it to them too.
3.) Bread is pretty much the same story as cereal. It’s basically just starch which is then converted easily and quickly into glucose, so eating a piece of bread, as far as your fat storage ability goes, is pretty much like eating a candy bar. There are several studies showing whole wheat, “ancient grains,” and cracked wheat can be healthy, but don’t believe them. Those studies were comparing these “healthier” breads to the “less healthy” breads like white bread and highly refined flours, so of course, the less refined breads turn out to be healthier, but they still encourage fat storage and are merely “less bad” than the more refined breads.
4.) Low-fat granola bars are typically packed with sugar or other fast carbs because the fat is taken out, so sugar has to be added in to make up for it. Fat makes things taste good, so when you take it away, you have to add something else in that taste good, which is usually some form of sugar. This is the case for most low-fat foods, regardless of whether they are disguised as “healthy,” as in the case of granola bars. And don’t be fooled by the term “organic” either. Lots of people think the word “organic” automatically means healthy. It doesn’t. It is of course, better to eat organic, but there’s plenty of extremely fattening organic foods.
5.) Low-fat yogurt (frozen or not) is also typically packed with sugar or artificial sweeteners for the same reason granola bars and other low-fat foods are, as mentioned above.
6.) Low-fat cookies are some of the worst culprits when it comes to cramming sugar in a processed food. You can make cookies yourself by following some of the recipes on hardbodcafe.com, but don’t bother buying any cookies, regardless of sugar or fat content. They are WAY over processed and have absolutely no nutritional value.
7.) Fruit is often touted as a healthy food, but modern fruit is nothing more than “nature’s candy.” The fruit we had 100 years ago did actually have some nutritional benefits, but since then we have bred it to be bigger, sweeter and to grow faster for corporate profits. This has slashed the fiber and nutrient content, while drastically increasing the fructose content, which is arguably the most fattening type of sugar.
Low-fat foods almost always have high sugar (or other “fast carbs) to replace the fat. All high-sugar foods are fattening. Period. They typically make you hungrier too, so you end up eating more.
Just say no to low-fat food. These foods are usually highly processed too, so that’s another reason to say no. If you’re lazy and don’t care about your health, then go for it, because it certainly is easier, but if you care about your health and the health of your loved ones you will run from it as if it was the plague. Take a little time for yourself and those you love by getting in the kitchen and preparing food with your hands, using real food ingredients, from local, organic sources whenever possible.
Take a little time for yourself and those you love by getting in the kitchen and preparing food with your hands, using real food ingredients, from local, organic sources whenever possible.
And if you are still not convinced, or are in denial, check out the great video below:
People know about my low-carb lifestyle and they occasionally try to explain to me that the human body needs carbohydrates for energy.
Or that the brain has to have carbs in order to run properly.
Or that carbs are somehow necessary for optimal health.
And I have yet to hear this “advice” coming from someone who is healthier than me.
Things that make you go, “hmmmm…”
I realize their “advice” is also the current mainstream message, but if you do your own research and find out the facts for yourself, you will discover that the mainstream is wrong.
The mainstream happens to be wrong on lots of other stuff too. You should look into that. I have, and I don’t believe anyone anymore (especially the mainstream), without researching it for myself, especially on the important stuff, like things that have to do with health.
Blindly following what the mainstream, or even the “experts” tell you (including me), no matter how “qualified” or “credentialed” you think they are, without doing your own research, can get you in trouble (or sick, fat and even dead).
Here is an undisputed fact: Dietary carbohydrates are not necessary building blocks for any molecules or cells in the human body. This means carbohydrate is not an essential nutrient for humans.
Dietary carbohydrates aren’t necessary for human energy needs either (also contrary to what you might have heard). The body can obtain all the energy it needs from protein and fat, even in the case of long distance athletes!
Even if your body did need the type of fuel carbohydrates provide, the best sources are the slowly absorbed, complex forms found in green vegetables, which also happen to be the most nutrient-rich sources of food. They are also among the lowest net carb foods (among the foods that have carbs) because of their high fiber content. Is nature trying to tell us something? I think so.
I also get people telling me that the brain needs glucose (a type of sugar) for fuel. It is true that a small number of brain cells do prefer to run on glucose, but most of the brain’s preferred energy source is actually ketones, which can only be produced from fat metabolism.
For that small percentage of brain cells who do prefer to run on glucose, guess what? The liver knows exactly how much to make for those cells and it does it with ease. Or, if you think you need to spare the liver the trouble (which you don’t because it’s designed for it), then those green veggies mentioned above will supply more than enough glucose for those brain cells.
What human science has found and what thousands of generations have taught us, is that there are certain essential nutrients necessary to sustain life. These nutrients are called “essential” because they cannot be produced by the body at all, or in large enough quantities, to sustain life. We must get these nutrients from the food we eat. Without adequate amounts of these essential nutrients, humans develop deficiencies which can result in less than optimal health, or even death.
Did you see carbohydrates anywhere on this list?
The way science and human experience has concluded the essentiality of nutrients is through the identification of specific deficiency syndromes:
There has never been a single case or example of a “carbohydrate deficiency syndrome” in humans. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. When humans reduce their intake of carbs, they get healthier, leaner, fitter and happier.
Few modern human cultures eat low-carbohydrate diets anymore, but that’s how we used to eat (up until several hundred years ago) and it’s how we are still designed to eat.
There are several extremely healthy societies who still eat the way we all used to and we can learn from them. The traditional Eskimo diet, for example, is very low (-50 g/day) in carbohydrate (J Biol Chem 1921;47:463–73.). Other hunter-gatherer societies have very low-carb diets too, so do you think it’s a coincidence that those societies also happen to produce the healthiest, leanest and fittest people on the planet? I think not.
So what about fiber? Is that an essential nutrient? Nope. It’s a carb and we already went over that. Is it good to have? Yep, and you can get all you need from green veggies. We went over that too.
But here’s another fun fact: By weight, the human body is made up of about 2-5% carbs. The rest is water, protein, minerals and fat. If someone stopped eating all carbs, but continued to consume adequate amounts of water, protein, minerals and fat, their liver would manufacture all the carbs their body needs. In fact, a healthy liver always makes the exact amount of carbs needed. No more, no less. It’s really good at that. But it’s easy to get more carbs than we need by eating them.
Am I recommending that we eat zero carbs? Of course not. I’m just saying they aren’t ESSENTIAL and that we are eating WAY too many carbs, especially in the Standard American Diet (SAD). This is the primary reason we are getting so fat and unhealthy in this country (and most other parts of the world now).
By weight, my diet is about 5% carbs, mostly in the form of green veggies (and that’s a ton, by the way). The remaining 95% is fat and protein.
By calories, my diet is about 10% carbs, 75% fat and 15% protein.
I’m getting all the nutrients I need, not to just survive, but to THRIVE and I’m the healthiest, leanest, fittest and happiest I’ve ever been.
Bottom line: To get all your essential nutrients, eat lots of fat, then green veggies and then protein, to reach optimum health.
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Inflammation can cause many problems in the body, including slowed weight loss, joint pain, heart attacks, Alzheimer’s, tendonitis, general discomfort, bloating, and even major disease to name just a few.
Most people are inflamed most of the time and have even forgotten what it feels like to be “normal” or the way their body should be, if it were healthy. Once that inflammation is gone, it’s like having a new lease on life. Energy skyrockets (and stays consistent), brain fog goes away, most various types of pain disappear, sickness is rare and even chronic disease or major illness goes away forever.
Eating the right foods is the first and most important step. It should be a life commitment too, because falling off the wagon and eating inflammatory foods again, bring back all those horrible symptoms.
I mention this specifically because many people start the anti-inflammation lifestyle and of course, start to feel better. Then, as they move further away from the pain that got them started down this path, they don’t see the need anymore, so they (consciously and subconsciously) let those old habits and foods creep back into their lives, bringing the old symptoms back with a vengeance.
The worst culprits causing inflammation are sugar (in its many forms), starchy foods, trans fats and most processed foods. Genetically modified foods are also highly inflammatory, so the bottom line is to eat organic whenever possible and cut out processed foods as much as possible.
Just eating organic won’t take care of the inflammation problem by itself though. There are plenty of organic foods that are highly inflammatory, so below is a list of my seven favorites. There are of course, more than seven, but just reading this list of seven will give you a good idea of the direction you should be heading and the kind of foods you should be eating.
1.) Green vegetables – mainly because of their powerful antioxidants and flavonoids. Note: When green vegetables are fermented (i.e. sauerkraut), that takes it up another big notch because of their extremely high pro-biotic content, which nourishes certain gut flora that manufacture specific anti-flammation compounds.
2.) Salmon – mainly because of its high omega-3 content, which is the highest anti-inflammatory source of fat on the planet.
3.) Grass fed meat and wild game meat – mainly because of their high omega-3 content and CLA fat, which are the top two anti-inflammatory fats. Conventional red meat however, is HIGHLY inflammatory and even most organic meat is at least mildly inflammatory, so make sure it’s truly 100% grass-fed or wild! Note: Butter made from these animals is also highly anti-inflammatory because of the fats mentioned here.
4.) Avocados – mainly because of their unique type of fat and low fructose levels.
5.) Bone broth – mainly because of its easily absorbable minerals, condroitin and glucosamine. Condroitin and glucosamine can be found in supplement form as well, but they aren’t nearly as effective as getting it from bone broth, which is the most natural source.
6.) Coconut oil – mainly because of its specific type of fat and antioxidants. This is why PJs fitness chocolate is an anti-inflammatory food as well as a potent fat burner!
7.) Certain spices, namely, turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger – mainly because of their ability to break down toxins and boost the immune system, including nourishing specific gut bacteria that release anti-inflammation compounds.
But what if we switched those words around a bit and followed the advice, “Eat WHAT you are?”
By this I mean, wouldn’t it make sense to eat the calorie composition of our own body makeup?
A healthy body has the following nutritional composition, meaning if you ate a person, this is what you would be eating, based on percent calories (not by weight):
So if you ate what you are, what would that look like? It would look drastically different from the standard American diet, which is:
Can you see the main difference? It’s the fat to carbs ratio that is killing us and making us so fat.
We should be eating what we are and then when we do, we can feel good about becoming what we eat – the way we really should be!
Are you confused with all the misinformation out there? Are you tired of hearing all the conflicting opinions out there on health and fitness? It’s not your imagination. Even the “experts” rarely agree, but here is a 4 step process to get to the truth.
1.) Believe no one (including me).
2.) Question everything you hear.
3.) Doubt everything you think you know.
4.) Research topics of interest for yourself.
People come to me all the time, confused about conflicting health and fitness information they have heard, like:
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