If you’re still wondering if low-fat dieting is healthy, Eat Fat, Lose Fat really puts in the nail in the coffin on this one. Not only does it tackle the issue of low-fat, but it dispels all of the myths about saturated fat as well. If you haven’t starting using real butter on your bread yet, by the end of this book you’ll be wondering why you were ever afraid of this valuable superfood. Same goes for cholesterol: eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and this book can show you why.
Eating Plans, Carbs, Fats and Proteins
The book includes two weight loss plans, which are very similar but with slightly different calorie recommendations (but no low-calorie dieting allowed!). Really starchy foods (like bread and potatoes) are somewhat limited in these plans, though not banned entirely. Carbohydrates in general are restricted compared to the SAD (Standard American Diet), but much higher than what you would see in the Atkins diet. In concurrence with the title of the book, Eat Fat, Lose Fat recommends over half of your calories to come from fat (mainly saturated fats like butter and coconut oil). To crunch some numbers, macronutrient recommendations from this book are about 60% fat, 30% carbohydrates and 10% protein.
There is also a Health Recovery plan which puts weight loss on the back burner while you let your body recuperate (though you may still lose some weight on this plan) and an Everyday Gourmet plan, which is for those already at their goal weight.
All the plans emphasize nutrient-dense food like eggs, raw milk and butter. Eat Fat, Lose Fat also strongly promotes coconut oil for both health and weight loss. Daily cod liver oil is highly recommended (and for good reason), as well as soaked grains, fermented beverages and other traditional foods.
Nourishing Recipes Included
No need to buy a separate cookbook to delve into these plans. In the back of the book, you’ll find a ton of nourishing recipes. Some may seem a little complicated, but I personally loved the easy coconut macaroons and the home-baked soaked breakfast cereal (I was actually able to stop buying extruded cereals because of this one, yay!). I also learned how to make easy kefir soda with this book. A lot of the recipes emphasize coconut (maybe a few too many for my taste--and I love coconut!). Overall, this is a great alternative to Nourishing Traditions, which is the mother of all traditional recipe collections but can be quite overwhelming for most folks.
Final Thoughts on Eat Fat, Lose Fat
The one thing missing from this book is a sense of flexibility and individuality. No one diet provides the solution to health for everyone. Some people need more carbs and protein than this book recommends. Others may find many of the foods in this book difficult to source or too expensive to afford.
My favorite part of the book is how health is emphasized over weight loss. Sure, you might lose some weight by water fasting or slashing calories, but Eat Fat, Lose Fat shows that these diets really do a number on our bodies and will backfire in the end because of what they do to our hormone systems and our metabolisms.
Overall, I consider Eat Fat, Lose Fat a condensed version of the sometimes overwhelming Nourishing Traditions, with some extra focus on how to enjoy successful weight loss. If Nourishing Traditions seems like a little too much to take in, start with Eat Fat, Lose Fat to get you going in the right direction, with the added bonus of weight loss!
Have you taken a look at this book? If so, I'd love to hear your review!
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