Karen is an Eating Psychology Coach. She is the creator of the Conscious Eating Programme: Changing your thoughts about food to transform your body and your life.
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Until recently, most public health research has focused on fat as the source of making us fat. However, there is now evidence showing that this is not true. For the past 40 years or so, we have been advised to reduce our fat consumption. We were told fat raises cholesterol, gives us heart disease and makes us fat. As a result, food companies replaced the fat with sugar. We now know that the science was wrong as many studies have shown that it’s not fat that’s the culprit, it’s sugar!
We now know that sugar and transfats are the problem, although not all fats are created equal. There are good and bad fats. Highly recommended fats are nuts/seeds, nut butters, good quality extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed butter, wild fish, MCT oil, grass fed meat and avocadoes.
In Mark Hymen’s new book ‘Eat Fat, Get Thin’ he cites 53 studies published showing it’s the high fat diets that actually result in weight loss. This has led to a lot of confusion as there are so many “diets” on the market, so how can we know if this is true? One thing we do know for sure is we’re all terrified of fat and so many are hooked on sugar! The million dollar question is “how can we even start to move away from sugar and towards fat? It is recommended by Mark Hymen, that we do a sugar detox. He suggests that we remove sugar and have a 50% fat intake. The results, he promises, will be substantial weight loss, blood sugar and cholesterol will normalise, insulin will be lower.
In his research he has found that when you eat fat your metabolism speeds up, you feel less hungry, and you burn fat. Conversely, when you eat sugar, the metabolism slows down, you feel hungrier and end up craving more food, or certain foods, then the body stores more fat.
Another great book to help you move away from sugar is The Sugar Detox Plan by Drs. Mosetter, Simon, Probost and Caveliuss, where they take you through a 3-step plan for breaking your sugar habit. Once you have managed to successfully detox from sugar, another highly recommended read is The Alkaline Cure by Dr. Stephan Domenig.
As with all good books, it’s great written down on paper, but how do you put it into practice? What do you do when you “fall off the wagon?!!” If you need coaching and one-to-one support I offer a free 30 minute Transform Your Relationship With Food consultation.
Please call Karen, Eating Psychology Coach at The Conscious Eater on 07804 529371.