How Can I Lose Weight Eating Fat?

For new comers to the Cureality nutrition approach, this question may invariably pop up. For many years, fats and oils, whether classified as good or bad, were demonized because they contain 9 calories per gram. Meaning, they contain more than twice the 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate or protein.

So this familiar logic stated, if you eat less fat, which by default meant more carbohydrate, you would eat fewer calories and lose weight. This misguided logic was based on the assumption that caloric density was the primary reason people either gained or lost weight. The result - obesity rates have climbed and low-fat diet recommendations have proven unsuccessful in thwarting the battle of the bulge.

Why? There are a multitude of reasons, as discussed in the Cureality Diet Track. The following two explanations are important to to avoid needlessly suffering on a low-fat diet.

1) Appetite satiation is drive by insulin response, not calorie density.

Meals that trigger a substantial insulin response trigger increased appetite and fat storage. Carbohydrates, such as whole grain bread, whole wheat waffles, and fruit juice trigger insulin release. Continuous insulin provocation equates to one heck of a time trying to lose weight, as insulin is a fat-storage hormone. In comparison, oils and fats are the least insulin provoking with protein a close second. Consuming adequate fat intake is essential to quench appetite and avoid the insulin surges and crashes that are the result of eating plenty of “healthy whole grains”.

2) Modern wheat increases appetite thereby increasing intake.

Portion control becomes a major challenge because the gliadin protein in modern wheat stimulates appetite to the tune of 400 calories more per day, 365 days per year. That’s a recipe for weight gain, not loss.

The Cureality nutrition approach encourages the generous use of healthy fats and oils to support healthy weight loss and cardiovascular health. These topics are discussed in much more detail in the Cureality Member Forum.

Lisa Grudzielanek, MS, RDN, CD, CDE
Cureality Nutrition Coach
Track Your Plaque: Naughty or nice?

Track Your Plaque: Naughty or nice?

Among the many wonderful surprises we've had at Track Your Plaque this holiday season was a letter from Santa Claus himself!

It seems that Santa, like the rest of us, has been busy surfing the web for useful health information the last few months. He was struck with this curious discussion we've been having about "wheat belly" and all the unhealthy consequences of wheat products in our diet.

He writes:

"I wouldn't have believed it myself, except that my waist size has grown four inches in as many years. Sure, I'm known for my healthy girth, but now even Mrs. Claus calls me fat!

"I was open to new ideas when I came across this crazy discussion about eliminating wheat from your diet. So I said, "What have I got to lose?" Well, four weeks later and 12 lbs lighter, I'm convinced. Now comes the tough part: I've got to deliver all the toys and resist all those cookies the children put out for me. I wonder if wheat makes reindeer fat, too?

"Anyway, thanks to your program I'm back to my old weight again. Doc says my blood sugar and blood pressure are also back down to normal. Thanks, Track Your Plaque! (You'll find something extra special under the tree this year.)"

And so it goes. I'm tempted to put Santa's testimonial on our homepage, but I think that may be tooting our own horn a bit too much.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Comments (6) -

  • Rich

    12/25/2007 3:57:00 AM |

    Thanks for the information Santa. I notice that you are drinking a Coke. You should lay off of that, too.

  • Anonymous

    12/25/2007 12:03:00 PM |

    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to fellow TYPers!!!  Here is to a successful 2008, slim Santas and if anyone sees Rudolph and his bright red nose, you might mention to him that drinking alcohol to excess raises triglyceride levels.

  • mo79uk

    12/27/2007 11:28:00 PM |

    There isn't much vitamin D in the North Pole, is there? Rudolph's red nose could also be remedied...

  • Deborah

    12/28/2007 4:21:00 PM |

    But, Coke and cookies are soooo good!

    Love this post! Just thought I'd say HI! I found your blog via BlogRush!


  • Donner

    1/19/2008 4:30:00 AM |

    Hi, Santa!

    Thanks, as always, for your on-the-mark, pertinent information!

    However, Santa, with all due respect, Santa, Christmas is o-v-e-r, so please post a new blog, perhaps pertaining to the upcoming Valentine's Day, which would be perfectly appropriate, since that special day symbolizes "hearts".

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    11/3/2010 9:07:36 PM |

    And so it goes. I'm tempted to put Santa's testimonial on our homepage, but I think that may be tooting our own horn a bit too much.