Habits are so hard to break, aren't they?
Just listen to people as they order their food, whether it's at a restaurant or the grocery store or just their latté at Starbucks.
EVERYONE orders non-fat this and non-fat that… Like the smoked turkey at the cold cut counter. "Which one sir?" "Uhh, which one is lower in fat?"
Or the low-fat section of the restaurant menu. Or even your latté… make sure it's with low fat milk!
… and if you ask these people why, they all say the same thing: "Well…you don't want fat. Fat is bad for you."
But ask these same people where they heard this, or to at least cite one credible source or medical study or something… do you know what you'll get? Blank faces.
They'll look at you like you're the crazy one for even asking the question. After all… everyone knows fat is bad, right…?
Well, sorry but… wrong. Dead wrong.
Of course, it's really not difficult to understand how the whole "fat paranoia" came to be. First of all, we are hugely influenced by what we read and hear and see in the media. And let's face it… all the books were saying you need to go low fat.
Furthermore, it's not much of a stretch to reason that if you eat more fat, you will become more fat…
Unfortunately… that's just not how it works. It is the various combinations of protein, fat and carbohydrates you eat that work together.
Depending on which combination you eat (and how much of each), your body will either store fat, or burn fat. Not to mention helping with blood pressure and cholesterol, or making it worse!
The Hormone Revolution
I am writing this email sitting at my local mega book store and as I entered the store there was a big table set up boasting a bunch of the latest diet books. I picked up the first four and skimmed the contents, and you know what? "Low fat" is LONG GONE. And it's about time!
From the handsome star of that new health show, "The Doctors", to fitness guru and hottie Jillian Michaels, to old standbys like "The Zone", "Protein Power" and "Atkins" – these books (and so many more) all share the same theme... the theme that has finally, thankfully, replaced the low fat song.
What new theme you ask?
Hormones. You have the incredible power of being able to set your metabolism to whatever "state" you choose. Just with food.
The low fat diet (quite ironically) ends up setting your metabolism to a "fat storing" state, where a Primal diet will set your metabolism to a "fat burning" state. It really is your choice.
The amount of research available now, and testing that has been done, is staggering. (Including my own health recovery story!)
But all you really need to do is try it for yourself. See how you feel on a low fat diet; see if you lose weight at all; see how hungry you are all the time!
THEN compare it to a Primal diet. The proof is in the pudding. (Um… but stay away from pudding).