Why I chose a low carb/high fat diet, and why it’s ideal for law enforcement…
For 30 years we were convinced that the consumption of dietary fat was the cause of obesity and heart disease. Nothing could be further from the truth.
- In the 1960’s British scientist John Yudkin introduced a hypothesis that sugar consumption was responsible for the rapidly declining health in developed countries. His 1972 book “Pure, White and Deadly” spelled out the havoc sugar consumption was wreaking on the population.
- He even referred to sugar as poison, stating that if it the population understood even a small fraction of the health issues caused by sugar intake, were it any other food additive, it would promptly be banned from use.
- After sounding the alarm, prominent nutritionists teamed up with the food industry intent on ruining Yudkin’s reputation. And they were successful. His book and his findings were successfully buried and a replacement villain was put forth. – Dietary Fat
- In the 1980’s using a (now widely regarded as cherry picked and flawed) Ancel Key’s study of dietary fat on cholesterol levels called the Seven Countries Study, nutritionists, highly influenced by sugar industry, the UK and the US issued the very first government sponsored “dietary guidelines” to the public.
- Our population dutifully replaced our red meat with rice and pasta, butter with margarine and vegetable oil, eggs with breakfast cereal, whole milk with sugar laden skim milk, and for the following three decades watched as our obesity rates climbed, our health declined and our quality of life plummeted
- US Obesity rates skyrocketed
- In 1950, 12% of the American population were considered obese
- In 1980 it had risen to 15%
- In 2000, that rate had climbed dramatically to 35%
- Today, the rate of obesity in the US is a staggering 39%
- Type 2 Diabetes diagnoses went from 1% of the population (around 500,000 people) in 1958 to a shocking 10% of the population by 2015 (30.2 million) *this number does not include those undiagnosed, which is estimated to be an additional 7 million people*
There is some good news:
- Finally, we seem to be turning a corner, although slowly. Food industry giants, particularly the sugar agricultural and pharmacological business, are highly influential within our government, and have been fighting for years to suppress the link between their products and the declining health of our population.
- More and more physicians are waking up to the link between nutrition and health, and are finally pushing back against big industry and pharma, and educating their patients about nutrition, rather than grabbing a prescription pad to treat every malady that is presented to them.
Bottom line. Dietary fat is NOT the enemy:
- Healthy sources of fat (avocado, pastured meat & dairy, olive, coconut, nuts) are essential for a healthy body.
- Harmful cooking oils (vegetable, canola, soy, corn) are highly inflammatory and cause harm to the body, including arterial damage. These oils are also suspect in many auto-immune disorders, including MS, Epstein Barr and many others
- Other foods that can cause inflammation and damage are grains, legumes, sugar and those foods that are highly processed.
- When you choose a low carb, high fat diet, you are eliminating inflammation within the body and can begin to heal damage from within
- With this diet I have resolved hypertension, hormonal weight gain, high cholesterol and chronic fatigue. Many people also find relief from autoimmune disorders, joint pain and even anxiety & depression.
Why a Ketogenic/fat adapted diet translates well for First Responders:
- Reducing carbs to under 50 grams per day, will help you achieve dietary ketosis, a metabolic state where your body burns stored fat as fuel, not carbs and suga
- Your energy will level out dramatically and you will find that going hours without eating is significantly easier when you have the steady reliable burn from a body in ketosis
- First responders already face a much higher mortality rate than the average civilian. A low carb lifestyle has proven to:
o Lower Triglycerides
o Lower Blood Pressure
o Raise Healthy HDL Cholesterol levels
o Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
o Reverse Inflammation
Almost four years ago I made the transition to a low carb/moderate protein/high fat diet. In the first three months I lost 25 pounds of body weight. My brain fog cleared up, my joints didn’t ache, I slept better, I felt amazing.
My lipid panel improved dramatically as well. As you can see:
• Total cholesterol fell 42 points
• Triglycerides fell 116 points (The most important indicator of inflammation , Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
**HIGH TRIGLYCERIDES ALSO INCREASE RISK OF STROKE, HEART ATTACK/HEART DISEASE AND INFLAMMATION OF THE PANCREAS (PANCREATITIS)**
• HDL rose 21 points **PROTECTIVE “GOOD” CHOLESTEROL IN YOUR BODY**
• LDL fell 36 points
• VLDL (VERY LOW DENSITY LIPID) fell 23 points
• Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio dramatically improved
Fat is not making you fat. Overall health is 80% diet 20% fitness. Even small changes in your diet and daily routine can have dramatic effect on your health. Reduce your sugar and processed grain intake. Be mindful of what type of cooking oils you’re ingesting. Introduce healthy fat sources into your diet. Move your body every day. Make your health a priority so you have the ability to retire in great shape, and enjoy the next chapter of your life with the people you love!