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.

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16 thoughts on “Fat: A Documentary Review”

  1. I have an unusual disgust for me taking fatty food because it spoils my work out fitness. But reading this post makes me want to have a rethink about it. And from your review on fatty food, fat in the body doesn’t seem as bad as I have seen it over the years. I’ll love to try these fatty food and see its effect myself. I have really high hopes it will be good. 

    1. My best advise to you, Dane is to get educated. Don’t just believe what your personal trainer or doctors tell you. (although they really do mean well) Also be a critical thinker and do your own research. It is Your body and your life. I’m glad you are rethinking things. Now is the time to really get the facts about health. That is where it started with me. Read, read, read. 

  2. Wow, this is really a good book. Like you have said, I have come to believe that we really might have been fed with lies all this while hut what I don’t understand is why. I have never suspected sugar or grains to be the underlying reason for so much fat in the system. I eat a lot and sincerely I get to take so much sugar and maybe that’s why I have been adding weight. Hmm, I must read the book. I need to broaden my knowledge on this discourse.

    1. I think the why is two things. One is that when the doctors figured it out their pride kept them from admitting the mistake. But the bigger reason is sadly obesity, diabetes and the many inflammatory diseases make insurance companies, doctors and big pharma rich! And the addiction to sugar make the food industry richer. Believe me they all know the truth but they want to keep making money even though people are dying. Obesity is an epidemic. 

      And the really sad thing is that most people are naive and have their heads in the sand. I feel that knowledge is power. It everyone became educated on how bad wheat, sugar and other starches are and stopped buying it, the food industry would have to make some changes.

      If you enjoyed this book, Henderson, you should also read, Lies My Doctor Told Me. It talks about all the lies. It is crazy how we as a society don’t get it.

  3. Hmm! I must agree with you that in truth, there is good fat and it is needed as a part of the body system for us to function as a complete whole but the misconceptions about it has been the reason most people still wallow in it. Fat is hood but when it is about fat from processed foods and sugar, that is a whole new level. I think I need to watch the documentary too and hopefully pick up a few more points concerning my knowledge on fat. How can I get this documentary too, please?

  4. Thanks for the review, Wendy. 

    I have been on the Keto diet for couple of months and have lost weight steadily and I am not showing any signs of stopping.

    It has been the best thing for me and I can’t see myself going back.

    It’s great that you are sharing the info to others. It’s definitely the way to go.



    1. Congrats, Stevie! I would love to hear more. How much weight have you lost so far by following keto? Please do tell! 

      1. I have lost 11.5 kgs in 2 months. Before I started keto, I fasted for 7 days, which made for an easy transition into the Keto diet due to already being in ketosis.

        6kgs was lost during the fast, but my weight has been still going down gradually due to the diet.

        This has so far been the most successful way for me to lose weight in my life.
        I still have a ways to go though. I was 134.5 kgs when i started.

        1. Stevie, that you so much for sharing your story. You have lost a lot of weight. I have done extended fasting for Autophagy but haven’t gone longer than 3 days. You are really amazing. Fasting for weight loss and autophagy does so much good to our overall health. I wish you all the best. Keep going.

  5. Good, short BUT informative review about the book. Some of those myths are ones affect LOTS to our lives and opinions. 
    Like myths and general beliefs saturated fats to be something dangerous, bad for our health. All-natural fats, saturated or not, are needed. Only bad fats for our health are artificial trans fats. I have personally been eating -50g of carbohydrates per day for +12 years and my cholesterol is 2,9 (<5) and even more important measure of heart and cardiovascular health, triglycerides of 0,58 (<2 recommended lvl, <1 excellent). My first two sports doctors said I can’t be eating as much fats as I told to do, I guess they had some sort of pacts to recommend low-fat food to cooperate with the diet medicines industry. Finally, I found a sports doctor who admitted my diet may be a reason for my good health, not just an extraordinary expect. But she said also she isn’t able to officially recommend to continue my diet even her personal opinion would be good for me. Do you personally try to eat more protein and/or fewer carbohydrates? 
    -Kind regards and have a nice day -Jesse

    1. I eat pretty low carbs, less than 20 grams a day. I get most of my carbs from veggies. And yes I eat protein with my lunch and dinner and my protein is normally a fatty protein or I may add a bit of butter to it. Fat helps me keep my weight under control and keeps me satiated. 

  6. I totally agree, most of us have been brought up to believe, that fat is bad for you, when really it’s sugar which is the culprit, also lack of exercise causes fat to build up in the tissues.

    As a nation, America has a higher proportion of obese people,than anywhere else,I believe that the reason is most people these days have sedentary occupations,coupled with,over eating,and also eating fast foods which are not healthy for them.

    People who work hard in, factories, building sites,and on farms,and eat a high fat meat diet do not get obese,and have healthier bodies, and live to a ripe old age,as a rule,barring disease or accident.

    People who drink a lot of fizzy cold drinks like Coke,and Fanta,and eat a lot of fast food,like hamburgers, hot dogs, potato chips and eat a lot of sweets and chocolates,are heading for bad health, and potential sickness.

    Dr, Stefanson’s experience, of living among the Eskimo’s, and living on a diet of only, fatty fish and meat,without any vegetables,or bread, and remaining completely healthy, is clear indication of a good healthy diet. 

    1. It seems as though the real foods are those that are only 1 ingredient. The processed foods are not good and make people sick eventually.

  7. I certainly agree that there are good fats and bad fats and I am in the fortunate position that we use a lot of olive oil and not butter. Sugar is a big culprit and there is so much hidden sugars in processed food that many people do not know about. My grandmother died of diabetes when I was quite young, so my mum always warned us about too much sugar and we were only allowed sweets and deserts on Sundays!. Thankfully I therefore don’t have a sweet tooth. This documentary sounds very fascinating and I will definitely be watching it as soon as I can

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