“What if bad fat isn’t so bad?” This is the title of an article I came across recently from MSNBC and the subtitle stated: “No one’s ever proved that saturated fat clogs arteries, causes heart disease“. That sounds like health blasphemy, right? But I am living proof that it’s not. Why? Because I quit eating sugar and greatly increased fat in my diet and the results are completely the opposite of what we’re told will happen if you eat a diet that’s high in fat, including saturated fats. After years of trying to eat a low-fat diet and struggling to lower my cholesterol, the results were that I was always hungry, which caused me to eat more food, my weight steadily climbed higher every year, and my cholesterol continued to rise, regardless of how healthy I tried to eat. The truth is, since adopting a high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb diet (think Atkins Diet)–which is exactly the opposite of the “low-fat, healthy whole-grains” diet that most doctors, public health officials, and health-regulating government bodies promote–my weight dropped over 20 pounds and I have not struggled to keep it off. Also, I’m not always hungry, as I was on a low-fat diet. My cholesterol levels have improved dramatically. And finally, I feel great.
The Truth About Low-Fat Diets
One good thing about eating a low-fat diet is that you reduce your intake of sugar which helps with weight loss, but otherwise, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. But how did the unhealthy low-fat diet ever get accepted as the healthiest diet on the planet?
Alright, I’m rolling up my sleeves now, friends. I recently had some blood work done to track the changes in my blood cholesterol since I quit eating sugar. I’ve been on a strict low-carb diet. And I say with all honesty, that I’ve been firmly sticking to it and have never once eaten sugar except that which occurs naturally such as in some vegetables. I’ve lost 20+ pounds. I feel better and healthier and look much healthier. So when I looked at my recent cholesterol results, I was hoping to see some good news.
On my lab results page that I received from my doctor’s office was a comment that said, “Excellent Chemistry _____” I couldn’t make out the last word. So I was excited to see that, though I didn’t realize that this probably referred to other tests that were done, not to my cholesterol results. Naturally, I assumed my doc was talking about my cholesterol and that the results were excellent. But my cholesterol results weren’t on this specific form. So I arranged to pick up a complete copy of my results from my doctor’s office. When I got home and looked them over, oddly, the cholesterol results weren’t included. But that was probably because the lab that checks LDL particle size also had the overall cholesterol results as well. So I logged into my online account to see if the updated lab results were available. They were. When I looked at them, I suddenly felt a sinking feeling. The results I got were disappointing. They weren’t all bad, but still, while some markers got better, some got worse and it left me wondering what went wrong.
The day before I actually quit eating sugar (quitting on October 24th, 2011) and adopt a new and healthier lifestyle, I want to review my current health. Later, I’ll be able to contrast what I’m eating and how I’m feeling against this data. I included a short video so you could also see me before I change my diet and compare it with me after I’ve been eating without sugar for a while.
One thing I’ll reluctantly point out is how my shirt fits in the video. I’m about 10 or 15 pounds overweight, which isn’t bad, but I still have a gut. Typically, I can hide my gut pretty well. If I wear a loose-fitting shirt, especially dark ones, and maybe suck it in a little, you never see the extra fat hiding over my abdominal muscles. But in the video, you’re seeing me as I am today…no sucking my gut in or baggy shirt to hide my fat. And the journal entry that follows is also going to be candid as well. I’m putting it all out there, right from the start. With that said, here is my overview:
This morning, I was actually excited to get up and get my day going. I’ve been looking forward to this day all week. I had an appointment to get my blood drawn and have comprehensive tests done to check all the main health indicators which will establish a baseline for my overall current state of health. I requested these tests so I can track the improvements (as measured by blood and urine tests) after I’m sugar free for a while.
When I saw my doctor about going off my cholesterol medicine, I requested a comprehensive blood workup. He was pleased with my plans to quit eating sugar and things that contain much of it. He gave me a lab slip that tells what tests were going to be done and asked that I hand it to the lab technician when I got my blood drawn. I don’t know what all the items on my lab order slip mean, but here’s the list (as far as I am able to read them):