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    Posted: 03 Apr 2012 at 5:03pm
...anyone read this one? I'm reading it now, after finishing Real Food last week. Eat Fat, Lose Fat is next!

I'm definitely finding it very interesting. I feel like he says pretty much the same thing in several chapters of the book, just applied to different areas - it could be much more condensed and concise. But it certainly makes sense, and even has DH wanting to try a wheat-free diet, something I never thought I'd hear him say! I need prep time to get ready for that, but I certainly think it would be interesting. I have been cutting back in our wheat and grain consumption some, trying to re-tool my meal planning without relying so much on grain products.
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My mom did and at first, she was SO ANNOYING going on and on and on and on about wheat and how evil it was.  Now, after about 2 or 3 weeks of trying it, she's now talking about it more along the lines of eliminating most of the simple carbs from their diet.  She's annoyed that she isn't really losing the weight like the book claims she should, but she's diabetic and her sugars are much better under control.

At first, she was gravitating towards gluten free products, but soon realized that gluten free doesn't necessarily mean good food.  It really depends what it is ....some things when they take out the gluten they put something in that (in my opinion) is worse.  It's like it bugs me when they take tofu and make it LOOK LIKE MEAT.  I mean, let's call it what it is....tofu, it's not meat. 

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My aunt was raving about it at Christmas. She commented on how the canadian diabetes association still recommends a lot of bread in the diets of diabetics, mostly because we are a huge wheat growing country. His thinking, I believe, is that they really shouldn't be eating much at all
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Another friend just recommended it. It on my to-read list! :)
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I've been meaning to read this so I just ordered it. I'll let you know what I think. Not sure I can give one more thing up! lol
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When you get ready to read Eat Fat, Lose Fat, you should look up Fat Head on Netflix. I just watched it the other day, and it interviews the author of that book, from what I'm remembering. Fascinating premise and some pretty shocking results from what would appear to be a straightforward experiment. He also interviews Sally Fallon.

I get caught up in the fad on diet stuff a lot of the time. I always come back to if it comes from nature, it's good for you. IE- butter over margarine, honey over processed sugar, whole grains over processed/enriched, meat in moderation, etc.
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Oh, and what the guy on Fat Head presents about heart disease is pretty eye-opening, especially what scientists are revealing is the actual connection between cholesterol and heart disease, as well as the little discussed role played by carbs.

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Yeah, the Wheat Belly author is actually a cardiologist so he talks a LOT about the carb/heart disease connection, with wheat as the main culprit and how saturated fats/cholesterol are not the bad guys everyone thought they were. Sure makes a lot of sense when you look at eating trends over the past 100+ years alongside health trends such as obesity, heart disease, etc...
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Ok, I finishing reading it. It was interesting.
 
I think it's pretty extreme. I agree totally with his point that americans eat waaaay too much wheat. Especially wheat in processed foods- and I include store bought breads and pastas in this category.
 
I understand how his extreme diet could really help someone with severe issues- diabetes, celiacs, gluten sensitivities (like how he talked about how it affects some people's joints and IBS), but I disagree that a moderate amount of whole wheat is so dangerous for those of us with a normal operating pancreas and not an intolerance. The problem is we tend to eat wheat for every meal and snack- I know I am guilty of this a lot.
 
It really made me think about cutting back on our wheat intake, especially for DH who has trouble with his triglycerides and his dad is type II diabetic. Once I started thinking about it I realize how much wheat we do eat, even though it's organic fresh ground wheat it's still a LOT.
 
His arguments about wheat causing the obesity epidemic sounded very familiar- just like what Michael Pollan said about corn and Sally Fallon has said about refined oils. I think the trouble is broader than that- the food industry has completely changed every aspect of the way we eat in the past 70 years- since after WWII. So many processed foods, and we eat out so much more often than we used to. Corn, wheat, soy and refined oils are in *everything* it seems. But also portion sizes are out of control and it's just too easy to eat all day long. Used to be we had to work a lot more for our food.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote taowensf Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Apr 2012 at 10:37pm
I haven't read it, but Erin's comments reminded me of the book I just finished--"Why we get fat and what to do about it". Very informative read! He presents a lot of science, from more than the last 100 years, that counters all of the info we've been told for the past half century or so.

Basically links the obesity/diabetes epidemic to these false things (low fat/high carb diets are good for us, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie, calories in-calories out determines our weight, etc.), and that insulin is the main reason behind most of our weight changes. I *highly* recommend it. But yeah, wheat is a big no-no.

I LOVE the way he presents the information and later presents options, not just strictly outlining a diet, but more to inform readers of why we should be looking at such lifestyle changes when it comes to food. 


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