That Sugar Film Review

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I just finished watching the 5 star Amazon Prime Movie, That Sugar Film and I felt the need to share it will all of you. This movie is one of the most educational works about food. I hope you feel the same after reading my “That Sugar Film” review.

You may be wondering why would I even be interested in watching it. But curiosity got the best of me. I know what happens to a body with high amounts of sugar and how a body can thrive without sugar, but I found this true test interesting.

The Sugar Movie is about a man, Damon Gameau, who decides to be a guinea-pig and eat 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 6 weeks.

Prior to the sugar experiment, Damon ate a healthy diet of 2300 daily calories. Those calories came for 50% fats, 26% protein and 24% carbohydrates. Those carbohydrates came from veggies. So basically he ate a low carb diet with no refined sugar.

He was at a normal healthy weight and his blood showed that he was in great health with no fat in his blood stream and no sign of insulin resistance or diabetes. He also didn’t have any signs of a fatty liver. According to the movie, he was rated slightly healthier than the average male of his age.

Prior to the experiment, he went shopping for food that were high in sugar so he could hit his goal. But first, he needed to learn about all the different names for sugar.

The film explains that sugar turns to glucose which our bodies use as fuel. Breads, Pasta and grains all turn to glucose.

It goes on to talk about lactose which is another form of sugar that is found in milk, yogurt and soft cheeses.

Next is sucrose. This is the table sugar that we add to tea or coffee. Sucrose is 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Fructose naturally comes from fruits but it is now added to many processed foods.

The goal of Damon was to eat 40 hidden teaspoons of sugar a day. The sugar came from sucrose and fructose. In other words he wanted to eat foods that the average person would consider healthy. He avoided confections and candy on purpose. He also stuck with eating low fat foods. Other than his way of eating, everything else stayed the same. He continued working out as normal.

Without even trying, his first breakfast of serial, yogurt and juice was a mind boggling 20 teaspoons! Actually he found it really easy to get to 40 teaspoons of sugar a day.

What I liked about this movie is that he actually would spoon out the sugar that is in a product so you can visually see the amount of sugar in the products.

I think for the average person they would find this film very eye-opening because as Damon goes through the process of eating, he tracks the sugar. I think the average person will be shocked to see how much sugar is in many products. Juices tend to have the most sugar. Some drinks and sodas have over 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Obviously he gained weight by eating the processed food. But what may surprise you is that most of the added weight was in his belly. And belly fat is the most dangerous. He began to develop signs of a fatty liver. Insulin is higher causing the body to hold more fat. This is why people become obese. This gives a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Throughout the movie he talks about how he feels. He felt

very lethargic and tired at times. He had brain fog but was also very moody. He would have high levels of energy followed by a crash.

How does the story end? Well I don’t want to give it away. But, if you already follow low carb eating and understand the dangers of sugary products and how addictive they can be, you won’t be surprised by the ending.

But regardless of how you eat, I think it is important that we all know how to read a label and understand what sugar does to your body. Knowledge is power. And if you choose to watch that sugar film which really is an experiment you will have insite to the effects both short term and long term of glucose and fructose which is sugar.

I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation

I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years

I just finished reading I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation by Ilchi Lee and I had to share it with you.

I loved this book for so many reasons but mainly because the author makes you think about your own longevity. Many of us simply go through our life until one day we wake up realizing we are retirement age. We sort of just let aging happen. However, when we decide how old we want to live to, it puts the control in our hands.

For me, being 55 I still have another 10 to 15 years to retire, I don’t want it to be the end of my life or a time when I decide in my head to be a “senior”. I don’t want to be a burden to my family. I want to be healthy and full of vitality. I want to have fun and be happy in my skin.

The author chose to “live to be 120 rather than relying on being lucky enough to live a long time”.

A really important point he makes in the book is a shift he had in his thinking. Like most of us, he had hoped to live to be 80 or 90. But once he decided to live to be 120 suddenly he began to reflect on what was important in his life and he realized he needed to focus more on dreams and values.

Living to be 120 years old requires healthier eating and better lifestyle habits. If someone is going to live a long vital life they need good nutrition and daily exercise. Ilchi Lee really stresses the importance of just moving. And the younger we focus on moving and physical strength the better. But it is never too late to start strength building. This just reinforces for me how important my daily walks are.

1 Minute Change

Something that I really loved is the 1-Minute Change. The author talks about how most of us sit for 8 to 10 hours a day. And this is not healthy for our body or mind.

Therefore, he created a challenge to get people up and moving for 1 minute every hour. In time, we being to increase our health and mindset.

Moving once an hour can become a habit with practice. There is an app you can put on your phone to remind you to move. If you want to learn more about one minute exercise, you can download it here. The point is to get moving.

Longevity Walking

He also talks a great length about a concept called longevity walking. This is when you sort of walk with most of your pressure on the balls of your feet rather than the heel of the foot. He also stresses the importance of keeping your feet parallel to each other rather than letting your feet turn outward.

When you become aware of how you walk and start to walk with intention, you may notice some subtle changes. You may feel better or walk more upright rather than slouched over. Longevity walking could  be preventing skeletal curvature down the road that people begin to get as they age.

Walking is also great for the brain and of course overall vitality.

Belly Button Healing

Another concept Ilchi Lee teaches is Belly Button Healing. This is when you lay on your back and relax your breathing. Then you take both hands and gently press in on your belly button using the middle three fingers of each hand. Press and release up to 100 times.

This is a sort of acupressure for your abdomen. Many people find that belly button healing makes a big difference with digestion, increase energy and overall well-being. His book, Belly Button Healing: Unlocking Your Second Brain for a Healthy Life go through how it works and the many benefits.

Mindset plays a huge role in the aging process. Choosing to be happy is important. We have a choice if we want to be happy or not. The way we see things affect our health. There is a saying that thoughts are things. So having positive thought make a difference. It is important to stop focusing on things that “weigh down our soul”. In other words, stop stressing!

Longevity

I am really thinking a lot about my own longevity. I find myself asking all sorts of questions: How do I want to live?  If I live to 120, what do I want my quality of life to be like? Do I want to live in daily pain and struggle? Or Should I just wait and see what happens?

It really is all about getting us to change the way we see ourselves age. It is about realizing that anything is possible. We could even live to be 120 years old and feel happy and healthy as we are doing it.

The author shares with readers the simple changes that could be made right now that could not only help us to live longer but to have an amazing quality of life.

More than anything, the idea of being able to live to 120 years old gives people hope for a fulfilling future!

I will end this article with a quote from the book:

“Will you make your life painful or turn it into a work of art?”


Have you started to think about how you want to live the second half of your life? Have you spent the first half of your life focused on making others a priority? Perhaps now is the perfect time to think about making yourself a priority. If you are not sure where to start, you are not alone. I would love to help you put a plan together. Contact me here to set up a free wellness consultation.

Fat: A Documentary Review

I just finished watching Fat: A Documentary presented by Vinnie Tortorich  and I’m not surprised about what was covered. The film explains in detail many of the falsehood told in America. Many people who have done Keto or a low carb diet know firsthand that fat doesn’t make your fat, actually, sugar is the culprit.

But this movie really explains it in detail to help the non-believers see the facts.

However, I don’t think I will ever stop being angry about the lack of honesty now that the truth is out.

They had it wrong when they told us that fat was bad for us. The film, Fat: A Documentary explains that It seemed to make perfect sense. For example, if someone was to pour fat down a drain it would eventually clog your sink. So it would seem to make sense that it would do the same thing with our body. The idea that fat clogs your arteries would seem to make sense.

But my frustration comes when the facts prove that “they” had it wrong but won’t admit it now. Doctors, the government, and the media continue to preach that fat makes you fat and people cut out the healthy fat and continue to get sick, become overweight and even die. How many more people must die before people realize it is sugar and grains that make them sick? Not fat!

The Fat Movie does an excellent job an explaining how all of the fad diets, pills and workout programs that have been popular over the years don’t work. And sadly we as a country we continue to get fatter and fatter.

The movie also discusses many of the myths about dieting and weight loss.

Diet Myths:

  • Calories in, calories out.
  • You need 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Saturated fat is the cause of heart disease.
  • Low fat diet is a healthy diet.
  • Coffee raises blood pressure.
  • Grains are heart healthy and fat will clog your arteries.

Bottom line is that almost everything that we have learned about nutrition is totally wrong.

I think we have been fed these lies so much that today we still believe them.

The movie talks about an experiment done by Dr. Stefanson in 1928. This doctor had lived with Eskimo’s and ate what they ate which was lots of fatty fish and meat. He literally ate no veggies as there wasn’t any available. He thought he would die from malnutrition, but instead after 4 months of eating this way, he felt he was healthier than ever before.

When he came back to America and explained what happened, no one believed him.

The Stefansson diet was when he ate only meat. As an experiment he ate only lean meat and became ill. However, He felt better when he ate the meat with fat. So, he continued to eat fatty meat only and became healthy again.

The movie also talks about dextrose. Dextrose is the remaining sugary substance that is left after grains are cooked down. Dextrose is as bad as high fructose corn syrup. Dextrose is a cheap additive used in deli meat to increase the shelf life. Most lunch meat has dextrose in it.

These are just a few points that really hit home for me. All I know is it just reinforces to me that eliminating sugar and carbs from the diet and eating healthy fats is a good thing. My healthy body is proof of that.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about diet and nutrition.


Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers

As someone who took my health back 5 years ago, I am always reading and learning as much as I can about health and nutrition so I can help others. Therefore, I read everything I can get my hands on so I can gain as much knowledge as I can.

This past week I have been reading David Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers.

The topic discussed didn’t surprise me as I learned the hard way that wheat and grain wreaks havoc on our bodies. I was almost 200 pounds. I suffered from joint pain, chronic headaches and depression. I was grumpy and moody. I often was sick with sinus problems and never really felt good.

Once I gave up the carbs it all cleared up. And now at 140 pounds I feel amazing. I don’t get headaches; I don’t get sick and my overall mental health is amazing.

I loved that a low carb diet helped me to lose the weight and gain control of my life. But this book made me realize that the lack of sugar and grains also helped me mentally. I am now realizing how cloudy my head was and how sad I felt most of the time. I thought at times, that I was crazy. Maybe I was working too many long hours and suffering from stress.

But now I know that the wheat and grain was literally stealing my emotions. I suffered from anxiety and depression for years. Wheat and grain really do affect our brains. And in many ways, it steals our life.

The elimination of all sugars and grains gave me back my life.

Wheat and gluten is a real problem in America. It is the root cause of many health issues including obesity. It is also the cause of many inflammatory diseases including type 2 diabetes. And it is frustrating for me as a health coach when I work with people and they think that they can just eat less and work out more. And yes, people can lose a little bit of weight this way, but in order to get healthy you really need to eliminate the grains.

These types of foods are also very addictive which is why many of us who struggle with our weight, wait so long to get help. And sadly, many don’t.

If you are overweight or suffer from Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, diabetes, depression, anxiety, foggy head, moody, headaches please read this book!

Help for the Stress Eater?

As someone who was overweight for many years, I found my biggest challenge was stress eating. You know what I mean, eating when you are not hungry. Whenever I was stressed to the max, I would literally eat my feelings.

Here is an example of what I’m talking about…

Imagine this….

It is the hectic holiday season and life has been crazy busy. On top of the financial stress and holiday shopping, you are working long days at a hectic job. After a very manic day, you decide to stop by the store and pick up something quick for dinner. While out shopping for something to make for dinner you see some cookies or cakes. And without even thinking about it, you buy the cookies. You may even open them up and eat them in the car before you make it all the way home.

This sort of scenario would happen to me all the time. And then once I would get home, I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from eating more of the cookies.

I would have thoughts going through my head like…“I deserve this!”

I would try to limit myself to a little bit. But it would always seem that it would be gone by the end of the night.

The next day I think to myself, “What is wrong with me?” 

I feel disgusted with myself.

Many people who struggle with their weight also struggle with stress eating. And often people eat just to eat. Have you ever wondered why this happens?

I think the reason why it happens to most of us is that we are looking to feel better. We are looking for a way to calm ourselves down. For some reason, eating is soothing and tends to make us feel better, until the next day when we feel like crap. I remember waking in the morning after a binge feeling awful. I would be all gassy and even have a headache. I would be full of lots of regret for what I ate the night before.

My weight and food obsession was a real problem for many years. When I turned 50 I was just under 200 pounds. I knew I needed to make a change.

And I did. But it took a lot of hard work. I had to totally change my relationship with food. And I had to admit to myself that I was a sugar addict.

Now I eat to nourish my body. And I feel so much better. I am no longer addicted to sugar and carbs like I was.  I don’t feel the need to pig out when I’ve had a bad day. I find other ways to feel good.

But getting to this point wasn’t easy. It was really difficult. I had to eliminate all of the processed foods that I was obsessed with.

By eliminating the sugar and carbs I also ended up losing over 60 pounds. But more importantly, I am healthy and probably added years to my life.

I also read lots of books that dealt with the issue of stress eating. I wanted to figure out what was going on in my head. I felt so out of control around food which stressed me out because I was so in control of every other aspect of my life.

image courtesy of amazon.comOne of the books I recommend reading is: Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed!: Calm Down, Ditch Your Inner-Critic Bitch, and Finally Figure Out What Your Body Needs to Thrive

 

This book helped me to realize that I wasn’t crazy at all. I learned that food isn’t meant to make me feel calm or happy. It isn’t meant to help me emotionally. Food is simply to feed my body. I learned other ways of dealing with many of the negative emotions that I felt in my life.

I also learned that when I give my body really nutritious food I feel amazing. I have energy and for some reason, I feel happy and healthy. On the other hand, when I eat food that raises my glucose I feel depressed and even sad.

So I will never go back to eating sugar again. Sugar is an addictive drug to me that I don’t want a part of.

What about you? Do you stress eat? And if so, how do you deal with it?


Obesity Code Unlocking Secrets of Weight Loss

Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic or obese? Do you love someone who is? If so, you need to read this book! 

As someone who loves someone who was a type 2 diabetic, this epidemic is very personal to me. It is frustrating when your loved one is sick, their blood sugar is out of control and the doctor just wants to give them a pill (metformin in our case) and send them on your way.

This is where the problem is.

Pills don’t cure the disease. They are simply a band-aid. Unless you fix the cause of the disease, it will continue to get worse. We couldn’t let that happen. We had to turn this disease around.

And we did it by changing our diet. He reversed his diabetes and dropped 50 pounds. I was lucky, my obesity hadn’t turned into diabetes yet, but I was heavier than I should have been and very unhealthy.

As part of my weight loss journey, I found myself hungry for more and more knowledge. I mean, I learned by watching my body shrink down from a size 16 down to a size 8 how to be healthy but I wanted to know more. Why does is my body healthier by eating more fat and fewer carbs? Why is it many diabetics are able to reverse their diabetes simply by eliminating sugar from their diet? I got all of my questions answered in this book.

The Obesity Code: Unlocking The Secrets of Weight Loss by Jason Fung, MD

In this book, Dr. Fung answers many of the questions that I needed answers to. And he explains them in an easy way to understand.

First, he talks about the epidemic. And yes, obesity is an epidemic. Just look around. Here in America, it seems as though there are more overweight people than people of normal weight. And the number of obese people is ridiculous.

There are more obese children than ever before in history. This is scary for me. Whats even scarier is learning that there are more type 2 diabetic children and teens with liver disease than ever before! This is frightening to me and really sad.

In the first section of the book, Dr. Fung talks about some of the myths about weight loss. For example, the idea of “eating less and moving more”. I can tell you from my personal experience as someone who ate less and worked out daily that it doesn’t work! No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t lose the fat.  I consistently was overweight regardless of how much I worked out.

It wasn’t until I eliminated sugar and added more fat that I was able to get my weight under control. You see, we are wrong when we had this idea that eating less will help us lose weight. In this book, Dr. Fung explains some of the lies that we were taught. And you will realize that you were not crazy. And if you are overweight, it isn’t your fault. You just need to learn what actually works.

This books helped me to understand how my body works and about how insulin is what controls my weight not necessarily calorie intake. And actually, in part 3 Dr. Fung says he can make anyone fat simply by giving them insulin. He believes that insulin is the cause of obesity. So this explains why counting calories don’t work. Actually as crazy as it seems, insulin

This book really helped to clear up the confusion I have over the obesity problem we have here in the US. It is actually pretty simple. Obesity isn’t about calories in and calories out.

Obesity is about having a hormonal imbalance. The two hormones that play a role in weight loss and weight gain are insulin as discussed above and cortisol.

So what about the hormone cortisol aka stress hormone? After reading this book, I have learned that yes, in fact, stress can cause weight gain and obesity. Also, the lack of sleep can add stress to the body and trigger cortisol. So I think we can all benefit with a little rest and relaxation. Sleep is very important.

He also goes into great detail about how a low carb diet actually does help you lose weight and get healthy. Yes, Atkins had it right all along. It seems us Americans are hardheaded at times. A great example is a low-fat diet that I knew most of my life. From the time I was a teenager until my late 40’s, I believed the hype that fat was bad and you should eat low-fat food. Yet, as a country, eating this way made us fat. Duh. So it is only logical that fat isn’t the problem.

If you were like me and think that fat is the problem (not sugar), then you really need to read this book. I promise you will not be disappointed and it may save your life or the life of a loved one.

 

 

Food Crazy Mind The Book

Food Crazy Mind: 5 Simple Steps to Stop Mindless Eating and Start a Healthier, Happier Relationship with Food

I love “Food Crazy Mind”. Davina Chessid writes about the most challenging part weight loss and that is a mindset. We are our own worst enemy or should I say our minds are.

Are you a mindless eater? Do you binge eat? Do you eat when you are not even hungry? If you are, you are not alone.
I was a grazer. If a food was there, I would eat it, even if I wasn’t hungry. So if you are a mindless eater, Food Crazy Mind is a book for you.

The Author, Davina Chessid shares her personal experience in a humorous was as she walks her readers through the “5 simple steps to stop mindless eating and start a healthier, happier relationship with food”.

You will love Davina’s writing style. She makes you feel like you are just hanging out with a friend. She writes about her personal experience so you find yourself relating to what she says because you are the same way. And I love this because no one wants to feel like they are the only one struggling with obsessing over food.

STEP 1 Exploring Resistance

This is when we want to make changes, but we end up sabotaging our efforts because the root problem is that we are afraid of change. This step is all about going deep and figuring out why you keep putting off making the changes that are needed. If you can’t figure out why you can’t make a change.

I have to warn you, exploring resistance can be difficult. It is about honesty and truth. Sometimes we believe our own lies and we hide behind our fears. Perhaps we use our fat bodies as a sort of a body armor to protect ourselves. But the bottom line is. We have to figure out why we resist change.

STEP 2 Introducing Mindfulness

Mindfulness is simply observing yourself. It isn’t about making changing tor doing anything different. It is about simply being aware of when you eat, why you eat, how you eat. It’s about being aware of the emotions you are feeling at that moment.

I love this section because you get to sort of play pretend. She suggests that you think back to a time when food was an issue. And put yourself back in that situation but pretend you’re are at your ideal size. In your mind walk yourself through how you might feel and act when you are your future healthier self.


STEP 3 Looking at Feelings

This section is about the reality that most of us who have struggled to lose weight often don’t eat because we are hungry. We eat for other reasons. Looking back I realize I actually eat my feelings. I was an emotional eater. And I will always be. But being aware of it gave me control over food.

It’s about taking time to think before you eat. It’s about just taking a few minutes to ask what you are feeling before you eat.


STEP 4 The Power of Habit

Change can be difficult, but once you make changes for the better and repeat it enough that it becomes a habit, it sort of becomes automatic. You almost don’t even need to think about it anymore.

However, changing a bad habit can be difficult as you have been doing it for a while. But in this section, the author gives many ideas and suggestions to help anyone get control and change their habits and over time, their relationship with food.

STEP 5 The Significance of Self Image

This is all about learning to love yourself for who you are. The development of self Esteem while losing weight is really tough.

I know because I spent many months working on pulling back all the layers and realizing that I am perfect just the way I am. I wrote an entire post about the development of self Esteem while losing weight. It is tough but so empowering. It is the final step to releasing the hold that food has on you.

This final step is about changing your thinking and introducing positive self-talk and changing your self-image.

I recommend this book to anyone who struggles with control. It will help you understand why you do the “crazy” things you do when it comes to food. The most important thing is to understand you are never alone.


 

 

A Ketogenic Diet For Beginners

If you are curious about a Low-Carb, High-Fat diet then The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle is a for you. It is a very easy read that anyone will be able to understand.

The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle

There are 3 sections to this book. The first section is about the Ketogenic Lifestyle. In this section of the book, we are taught how the body works and what you will need to eat on a ketogenic diet. The book gives you a list of what you will need to remove from your kitchen and tells you what can stay. It also lists what you will need to shop for and what you will want to have on hand.

It also shares with you what to expect. For example, many people experience a keto-flu. It is simply a normal part of withdrawal. This is what happens when we give our body good nutrition. Once you get past the “flu” you will feel better.

The middle section gives readers a 14-day meal plan so you clearly understand what to eat for breakfast, lunch dinner and even snacks. A ketogenic diet is pretty easy. You simply eat more natural foods. But many people find that they need structure. I like that the author lays out a clear meal plan on what someone should eat for 14 days on a ketogenic diet. It makes it very simple for anyone to follow.

The last section of the book is full of recipes, 75 to be exact. The recipes are very easy to follow and most of them don’t have a lot of ingredients which can save you money in your wallet.  And most of the ingredient are things you already have in your kitchen. There is a good variety of recipes and different ways to cook them. The best part of having all the recipes right here for you is that you will never bet bored with your ketogenic diet. When you eat amazing delicious food, you won’t be missing the carbs and sugar.

The only thing that is missing in this book is images of the food, but really it isn’t something that is needed. The descriptions of very clear so they are easy to understand.

I also like that there are recipes for those who can’t eat dairy or are gluten-free. There are also many vegetarian recipes. So everyone can find something that they will love.

There are also suggestions on how to eat out. This is a very important part of a ketogenic diet that many people don’t think about. But most restaurants don’t have a low-carb menu. So eating out can be a huge challenge. No worries. This book has you covered.


Eat Fat Get Thin Review

I just had to write a review about this book because it was the information inside that got me started with a high fat, low carb diet.

The lessons in this book have been able to help me take my life back. The things I learned in this book has helped me lose 22 pounds so far and I’m not done yet. But that’s just part of it.

My allergies are totally gone and I don’t have any more joint pain. My knees used to kill me. But now the pain is gone. I sleep soundly and feel great when I wake up in the morning.

My boyfriend has had even better results!

Read Brian’s Low Carb Success Story.

Brian’s sugar is lower and he has been able to reduce his meds for his diabetes. He has zero acid reflux. This to me is really amazing because he used to wake up in the middle of the night not able to sleep. Or he would have to have his head elevated. He also sleeps on his stomach now, which I have never seen him do the entire time I have known him. And best of all, he no longer snores.

Our lives have changed so much simply by changing the way we eat.

So let me tell you about Eat Fat, Get Thin. This book was written by Dr. Mark Hyman.

In his book, Dr. Hyman teaches people about how most of the information that we have been taught about nutrition is wrong.

I thought that fat made people fat. I thought that fat raised cholesterol and gave people heart attacks. I thought to be healthy, I needed a low-fat diet.

If you believe the same, then you need to read this book. I think you will be surprised.

We were taught that fat makes you fat. And that does seem like it would make sense, in reality, the “low fat” revolution has created a lot of overweight and obese people. Now many people have or will eventually develop type 2 diabetes simply because they are doing what has been recommended by government nutritional experts.

In this book, Dr.Hyman explains how fat is not a bad thing and how what we really need to avoid is sugar.

The diet in this book is very easy to follow. You will have a list of how to shop and what to eat. There is also a bunch of really awesome recipes in
the back of the book.

If you are struggling with your weight then I highly recommend you read Eat Fat Get Thin.