I’ve been asked by some of the friends and family I coach “What do you eat to keep yourself full and not ‘bonk’ during exercise?”

“Why of course, FAT!” I tell them.

“But fat is not healthy, and it will clog your arteries and kill you!” Simply. Not. True.

Today is a typical day in February in the year 2010. We are floating through existence in this new millenia and for some reason we seem to think that wisdom from the 1950s thanks to a poorly written study on the subject (link above to real study) seems to apply today for diet and nutrition. How is it that, on a daily basis, we discover new ideas in technology? A new cure for an old disease is found through proper research. Transportation has been ‘moving forward’ [literally] every day. However, for some reason we seem to think that our bodies are like an apartment building filled with lots of sewage pipes for arteries and whatever we eat will make its way into these pipes and get clogged. This may have held some truth–if you are a plumber.

There are way to many articles and research today that concludes that a diet in low-fat and high carbohydrate has one purpose– to raise cholesterol and gain weight. Don’t believe me? This was taken from the American Heart Association site about cholesterol. Triglycerides are the bad numbers you need to keep down.

“Many people have high triglyceride levels due to being overweight/obese, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, excess alcohol consumption and/or a diet very high in carbohydrates (60 percent of more of calories). High triglycerides are a lifestyle-related risk factor; however, underlying diseases or genetic disorders can be the cause.”

Here is another great article written in blog form by Dr. Michael R. Eades on 4 patients that changed his paradigm.

“Over the ensuing years, I saw many, many more patients with disturbed lipid metabolism whom I successfully treated with low-carb, high-fat diets, but these four, coming as close together as they did in the early days of my feeling my way along in my low-carb career, gave me the conviction to press on.”

Still not a believer? Here is a great analysis from American Society for Clinical Nutrition on Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease Patty W Siri-Tarino, Qi Sun, Frank B Hu and Ronald M Krauss.

“Conclusions: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.”

Ok, so I digress. Just trust me on this one. There is just way too much evidence there will be a massive paradigm shift in the world of nutrition. The hard part will be to convince the wonderful world of liver destroying stain companies that they are not helping the cause.

Trust me, I get in shouting matches with my cardiologist. A great surgeon who has had a 10 year relationship with me and has never asked me “how my diet was.”

Onward. So if I am not loading up on massive amounts of carbohydrates, how can I perform sprints, weightlifting, or even Insanity? Well, I eat a balanced diet of leafy greens, lots of colorful vegetables and animal proteins with fat. If you can replace things like legumes, grains, and sugar with fat for energy; you’ll stop chasing blood sugar. Fat is stored in the body and used for energy. Just ask Richard Nikoley over at Free The Animal. He wrote a great article on the subject. Consuming several small meals a day with lots of carbohydrates only causes insulin spikes and those are the messages that your brain tells you to “feed me.” It’s a game I do not wish to play. Besides, we all know what happens to high amounts of insulin in the body. Think high serum cholesterol; that’s right, raising your triglycerides from sugar NOT from fat.

A typical day looks like this:

Breakfast: 3-4 range free eggs, 1-2 slices of bacon from pastured pigs, 1/2 grapefruit and some tea

Lunch: 3 cups of greens, some mixed fresh veggies (about 1 cup) and olive oil vinaigrette

Dinner: Soups made from animal bones or coconut oils/milk. Usually chicken thighs, or beef. Today it was from fish. A plate full of greens, today was Swiss chard cooked in coconut oil.

I tend not to snack so much anymore since my brain never gets the signals that I need to load up on sugar. This is not carb-free diet but it’s definitely is lower carbohydrate. If the Cross Fit community does it, and the Inuit do it, then it makes sense to me.

I have a date with a cardiologist in a month. I’ll let you know how that is working out for me.

— Daniel Merk

POSTED BY Daniel Merk | 02:49am 5th-Feb, 2010