This might be a bit ambitious, but I'm planning on doing a weekly review of diet books/fads/etc. that have to do with weight loss. I am always reading the latest weight loss books out of curiousity and have found that there's a lot of information floating around in my head to share! I'm going to post the reviews in a simple format of summary, pros, cons, and a recipe that is inspired by the book.
Book: Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Mary Enig and Sally Fallon
Summary: This is a whole-foods based approach to weight loss which outlines a high-fat (mostly from coconut oil) diet with limits on grains and nuts. It includes lots of helpful information and reviews of other diet plans, and includes shopping lists and menu plans. It includes three phases, "Quick and Easy Weight Loss", "Health Recovery" and "Everyday Gourmet". Calorie counts are also included on the weight loss plan. There are many recipes as well.
- Includes sound scientific and medical information to debunk the "all fat is bad" myth.
- Recipes range from very simple to more "exotic", but the range of ingredients remains typical to meats, eggs, dairy, and in-season vegetables.
- A "7-day" checklist is provided to help you prepare to start the diet, guiding you through the "baby steps" necessary to begin!
- Minimal "supplements" are required for the weight loss plan, except for a good quality cod liver oil. There are some recommended superfoods for health recovery.
- Health recovery has a whole catalogue of ailments and gives specifics in how to use the diet to heal various chronic illnesses and conditions.
- No "faddy" products need to be purchased in order to do the diet (like pills, bars, shakes, or pre-packaged foods)
- There is a really helpful list of ways to use coconut oil for external purposes in the back of the book.
- The book includes a wonderful "resources" section for recommended brands of foodstuffs to purchase that are diet-friendly.
- The book offers alternatives for dairy-allergic people.
- This diet takes a lot of commitment to changing your lifestyle. You need to be willing to do a "pantry purge". This is not necessarily a con, but for some it could be!
- Diet would be very expensive if you aren't able to make your food from scratch.
- This plan takes a lot of work. (Again, not a bad thing, just a warning. I think it's very doable if you have time to prepare fresh meals)
- Unlike some diet approaches, this diet discourages snacking between meals. This might put you off at first, but actually I've found this method to be effective for me.
- The authors don't encourage drinking much water to aid in weight loss. Instead, they limit liquid consumption to 3 glasses of raw milk per day as well as 2-3 glasses of a lacto-fermented beverage. Both of these are very good, but I do feel that drinking water (with a little sea salt added) is a great way to aid in detoxing.
Overall recommendation: Yes!!! This is a book I refer to again and again for information, recipes, and resources! One of my favorite recipes is for the "coconut candies". These are little melt-in-your-mouth ice cube snacks that are low-carb and a great way to get coconut oil down. It is recommended that 1 cube be eaten about 20 minutes before a meal to help the body's metabolism and prevent overeating. Here is my version, and I've tweaked this a lot. I think it's my best and simplest ever!
1.5 cups coconut oil
3/4 cup of almond butter
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
6 drops of stevia concentrate, or to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or melt gently in a saucepan. Pour into an ice cub tray and freeze for about 20 min. This makes 18 candies (about a week's supply on the diet).