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Fat is NOT the Enemy

Posted by Ben Larkin on April 28, 2010

I know what you’ve been told, but they don’t have all the facts, or they are bending the truth. A study in the most recent Scientific American Magazine “Carbs against Cardio: More Evidence that Refined Carbohydrates, not Fats, Threaten the Heart” Those “healthy” grains that they have had at the base of the food pyramid all these years is not the best option and the new pyramid makes the old one look good it’s so confusing. Want some proof? Thanks to Gail and her attention to detail she has cataloged her own cholesterol scores while on the Kadlec Heart Healthy (CHIP) diet and the Paleo diet. Exact data to come, but the overall trend suggests, that while on the CHIP diet her cholesterol continued to rise over the year. She was put on a cholesterol lowering statin which brought her levels down, but not enough, so more medicine (double the dose) was the best option now that “diet” doesn’t work, again levels lowered. Now in November of ’09 she starts on the Paleo diet (full blown paleo by December), “meat, veggies, nuts, seeds, little starch, no sugar…” while on the same dose of the statin, her LDL dropped another 20 points, HDL rose, triglycerides dropped too! She also eats eggs, the cholesterol king! Want more information on the topic. This is a long read in the NY Times by author Gary Taubes of “Good Calories Bad Calories” titled “What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?” talks about how the low fat fad became established dogma. Thought?

WOD: 3 rounds

  • 75 double unders
  • 21 Kettlebell swings
  • 12 pull ups
    • Level III 53/35
    • Level II 35/20 (3 times single unders & bands)
    • Level I <20/12.5 (2 times single unders & bands)

3 Responses to “Fat is NOT the Enemy”

  1. Jesse said

    wow Gail good for you! I know I’d be curious to see your results.

  2. Ben Larkin said

    When I first started @ Xfit in 9/09 I had a discussion with Ben (Larkin) about my cholesterol. I had attended a cardiac seminar in 2008 sponsored by Kadlec Medical Center in which they discussed cholesterol. After that seminar I quit eating everything that had a “mother” for a year (and NO egg yolks) and checked my cholesterol quarterly. I tracked my numbers. My initial total cholesterol was 239 and increased during that year to 248. I then caved and took (2) Dr.’s advice to go on a statin drug. I started 20mg and dropped to 205 in 3/09. Dr doubled it to 40mg and I dropped to 179 in 9/09. I began “Ben’s” PALEO DIET in about 11/09 (eating egg yolks) and checked my cholesterol on 4/20/10. My total cholesterol DROPPED to 169. I visited both of my Dr.’s that recommended my statin drug and BOTH of them said I could go off the statin. We all expect it may increase slightly w/o the drug, but it should stay under the recommended 200. THANK YOU, BEN for having that conversation with me and betting me it would go down. (P.S. – ALL my numbers improved…see below)
    2/19/08…..Total Cholesterol 239; Triglic 89; HDL 72; LDL 149 (starting #’s)
    9/10/09…..Total Cholesterol 179; Triglic 59; HDL 61; LDL 106 (after double statin drug dose)
    4/20/10…..Total Cholesterol 169; Triglic 39; HDL 77; LDL 84 (after 5 months PALEO diet)
    Gail Brown 5/6/10

  3. Ben Larkin said

    WOW!! Gail that’s amazing thanks for sharing that! I couldn’t be happier for you 🙂

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