Smart Fat: Eat More Fat. Lose More Weight. Get Healthy Now.

Book Review by Leo Trevino

Eat fat…Get thin and be healthy?

There’s a particular connection we have when we hear the word “fat” in relation to food. For many years, it was commonly known not to eat “fatty” foods because they cause you to not only get fat, but also are the main cause of cardio vascular disease.

In Steven Masley MD‘s and Johnny Bowden PhD‘s new book, “Smart Fat,” they encourage and turn the conventional knowledge on it’s head. That is….”Eat Fat!”

This is not your common advice that mirrors such eating styles as Paleo. Smart Fat explains that dietary fat comes in a couple of different types; some being “dumb” fats like trans fat, some being neutral like saturated, and some being “smart” such as Omega 3 and monounsaturated fats found in foods like Avodacods, nut and seeds.

Here are my key takeaways…

  • The Standard American Diet (SAD) is considered the top suspect behind all chronic diseases. This includes; heart disease still being the number one killer in America, More than a third of the population is obese, Metabolic Syndrome effects one out of three Americans, and rates of Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise.
  • Inflammation is a key component in many diseases. One of the smart fats, Omega-3, is anti-inflammatory.
  • Are ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is way off due to processed oils and other foods, paving the way to chronic inflammation. Omega 6 has pro-inflammatory components, especially when the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is inflated as in the Standard American Diet.
  • The “dumbest fat” of all, trans fat, is biologically similar to plastic! Who would want to eat plastic!
  • Glyphosate is a chemical that is used in pesticides that are sprayed on crops for feeding cows, chicken and pork. This chemical is a known carcinogen and is banned in countries such as Europe and Japan. However, it is still legal to use in the USA, and is found in beef, chicken, and pork products among others and is considered toxic to the body.
  • Eliminating toxic chemicals in food is as simple as buying organic, but if you must eat conventional raised and grown products, choose the leanest options. Toxins are stored in fat cells. The leaner the meat of conventional raised foods, the better.
  • Keeping an eye on ingredient labels for sugar content. Manufactures will purposely use “different” types of sugar to cleverly avoid having sugar listed at the top of the ingredient list. Since manufacturers have to list the order of the ingredients by weight, using different types of sugar allows them to not have a single sugar at the top of the ingredient list. However, the collective weight of all the “added” sugar is possibly the most by weight.
  • The triglceride to hdl ratio is an excellent indicator of heart health!
  • Considerations for the Glycemic Load may be more valuable than the Glycemic index.
  • Some foods that are stars of the book include; nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, dark chocolate, eggs, fish and avocados!

The overall message of the book is trying to open our minds to the effects foods has on the body in terms of inflammation it can cause, and the ability to release the energy in a way that keeps you full, satisfied, and healthy.

Has a 30 days plan to get you started, including a meal plan and an entire section of the book with recipes! Also includes a Q and A of the most common questions people have concerning the nutritional advice, plan and recipes.

Great inputs and a nice read for those who are on the hunt to start a new eating pattern or improve on the one they are already doing.

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