Are you eager to lose weight but always hungry when dieting? Do you dread going to the gym? You can avoid all of this—–plus eat foods traditionally banned on weight loss plans—a new diet promises. Dubbed The High Fat Diet, it swears to enable up to 10lb of weight loss in merely 14 days. Zana Morris, a nutritionist and personal trainer has developed the diet—that combines high-fat nutrition with high-intensity training. The premise is that instead of fat being vilified it in fact makes you thinner. In a nutshell, you got to eat fat to dump fat.
Ms Morris states in the past 12 years she has seen thousands of people lose an average of 6-8 lb (2.7-3.6 kg) and 1-3 inches (2.5-7.5 cm) from around their middle, in merely two weeks. ‘Some lose as much as 12lb (5.4 kg)’, she says. She argues that because the plan is designed to help reset the hormonal balance of the body, so it’s also easy to keep the weight off.
In a new book about the plan, Ms Morris says: ‘It literally turns everything you thought you knew about weight loss on its head. Forget counting calories, feeling hungry, hours of exercise or months of watching the scales slowly shift downwards, and forget bran or anything else that tastes like cardboard.’ Rather, people on the plan eat lots of high-fat foods – like nuts, avocado, butter and even cream cheese. Plus they do merely 12 minutes of exercise a day – none of which is on a running machine or exercise bike.
Check out this extract from the book, The High Fat Diet, where the authors explain the science…
HOW EATING FAT MAKES YOU THINNER
The logic behind workability of the diet is the impact fat has on a hormone called insulin. Insulin’s basic function is to shuttle glucose, the sugar our body normally uses for energy, into cells where it can be used as fuel. The kind of foods you eat determine the quantity of insulin you produce. The largest amount of insulin is produced by sugar and carbohydrates — that get converted quickly into glucose. Insulin levels created by protein are far lesser as it takes a bit more effort to turn into glucose. Whereas dietary fat undergoes a few complicated steps to convert to glucose so doesn’t trigger any direct rise in insulin at all.
Switch to a diet that incorporates plenty of high-fat foods and very few carbohydrates and you create a situation where insulin is low and you remove your body’s normal source of fuel. At this juncture it has to do something to get the energy it requires, and that something is to switch to using fat instead. Every time a small amount of fat leaves the cells to be utilized as energy the fat cells get smaller and lighter – and so do you.
THE FILL-UP FACTOR
A one reason people find diets hard to stick to is hunger, but it’s really hard to be hungry eating merely fat and protein. One reason is that ketones released as you begin to burn fat subdue appetite. The combination also helps evade sudden peaks and troughs in blood sugar that lead to food cravings. Eventually, fat digests gradually, keeping you fuller longer. Can you envisage what difference that would make to suppressing 3pm sugar cravings? Fat is mentally satisfying as well. We relish it and many people on low-fat diets miss the creamy sensation it offers.
The two factors that make diets containing fat more satisfying and easier to stick to than low-fat regimes are: one, the physical effects on blood sugar – two, the psychological boost we get by eating a food that all of us enjoy. But does it make sense to eat all this fat? Well, a major chunk of the fat that you get to eat on the plan comes from sources of unsaturated fat that no expert is going to argue are bad for you — avocados, walnuts, oily fish and olive oil.
But, you’re also adding in foods such as butter, cream cheese, red meat and full-fat cheese, which encompass saturated fat. Since decades intake of saturated fat has been blamed for high cholesterol, heart disease, obesity and more. However, this theory is now being disputed by many scientists and cardiologists. A year ago, University of Cambridge scientists analyzed a group of 72 studies looking into the risk of saturated fat and heart disease. They saw no difference in heart-disease risk between those consuming the highest and lowest intakes of saturated fat. Researchers therefore suggested that more trials are needed to confirm officially whether saturated fat is good or bad.
ALL CALORIES ARE NOT EQUAL
An unexpected thing happens when you eat plenty of fat that seems to boost weight-loss results. On the high-fat plan you could be eating 1,500 to 2,500 calories a day and still lose about 1/2 lb a day (often far more) – that’s more than should be theoretically possible. Experts call this ‘the metabolic advantage’. This elucidates the anomaly that when you consume a high percentage of calories from fat in a diet, you appear to increase the number of calories you can consume yet still lose weight
AND THE EXERCISE?
Doing high-intensity workouts, for 10-15 minutes, have been endorsed by many studies as one of the most effective ways of not only decreasing body fat – but also increasing muscle mass, strength, performance and endurance. This kind of training gets to stimulate muscle fibres, increase metabolism post workout plus activate release of a muscle-building and fat-burning hormone called human growth hormone (hGh). Hgh is a vital component for body sculpting.
According to scientists the three key things you need to do to produce the highest hGh levels are:
1. Train using large muscle groups
2. Train at a high intensity- that means with heavy weights or at speed
3. Train with the shortest rest intervals between sets
By following this plan you are putting in merely 12 minutes in a day but the results you’re getting are awesome. Means, you’re working hard and working effectively.
THE BENEFITS YOU GET BY EATING A LOW CARB, HIGH FAT DIET
- You shed weight. Around 6-8 lb (2.7-3.6 kg) in two weeks.
- You shed inches. Around 1-3 inches (2.5-7.5cm) off the tummy and waist and more elsewhere.
- Fat plumps up skin so after completion of the plan you’ll find your skin is glowing and fine lines and wrinkles have virtually vanished.