Today we are talking about clinical myths, brainwashing, misinformation, and misconceptions that have been passed on by many doctors. I am not trying to say that I am smarter than these doctors, but rather that a lot of this information was misinterpreted years ago. We’re going to clarify topics like: do fats make us fat? is cholesterol bad for us? calories in vs calories out, and do you need carbs for fuel? Should we eat lean meats? Are high blood pressure, arthritis, and heart disease genetic?
#1 Do fats make us fat? (02:53)
Most of my listeners should have heard about the Ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low protein diet. When I recommend this diet, I get a lot of strange looks because fats have been deemed bad. This misconception started back in the 50’s when sugar was trying to blame something else for weight gain. However back in the 80’s a lot of items were marketed as “low-fat diet.” This led to low-fat and high carbohydrates, and calorie counting.
In actuality, what we need are good fats to make hormones. Our food choices should come from what I call “God’s Garden.” There are a lot of complications with fat, but I would advise you to look for animal-based fats. Also, fats satiate you and inform your brain you are full. When you eat carbs and sugar, you burn through that faster and you need more food. If you don’t know whether this food is natural, then don’t eat it.
#2 Cholesterol (12:03)
This is most likely the number one brainwashed myth. Before assuming or panicking that high cholesterol is bad, let’s understand what it is. Cholesterol is made by your liver. You need it for hormones, and this also nurtures cells in your body. If stop eating foods high in cholesterol, your body will start making it.
LDL is often considered bad cholesterol, which is not entirely accurate. This is a glue-like substance that helps heal your body by patching up things like artery walls. Instead of assuming this is bad, we need to ask “why is our body even producing this?” When you have a high carb, high sugar diet, this causes inflation which causes tears in your artery walls, and your body produces LDL’s to begin the repair. Just because you have high cholesterol does not make you more susceptible to heart disease, just like you don’t lower your chance of heart disease with lower cholesterol.
#3 Calories: In and Out & How do we lose weight? (19:33)
We always assume if we reduce our caloric intake, therefore we will burn more calories and then we will lose weight. This does and does not help weight loss. At the beginning of any diet that restricts calories will create a window of 3-30 days where you will lose weight, but then you will go into starvation mode which helps store fat. It is not important the number of calories you take in, but the quality and density of your food. If you have a simple carbohydrate that is 100 calories, this is converted quickly into glucose into the bloodstream. The body’s defense is to release insulin to prevent sugar from causing inflation in your body. The insulin converts the glucose and stores it as fat.
On the other hand, eating 100 calories of an avocado is full of fat, fiber, and protein speeds up your metabolism and slowly digests the food. It still converts the food into glucose, but it does not shock your system like carbohydrates.
If you have a weight loss goal, or health goal, which helps change your nutrition, make sure the program you are doing this for 90-120 days, because this is a lifestyle change, and allows your medabolic system to adjust.
#4 You don’t need carbs for fuel (28:15)
If you need carbs for fuel, you are not really fat adaptive. A lot of gym people think they need to eat before they go to the gym. However, if you don’t carb up before working out, then your body will figure out how to make this energy, and it will start to burn fat stored in your body. If you are burning carbs for your workout, you are not burning fat. You do need to become fat adaptive, and using a keto diet is very helpful to make this transition.
#5 Should I eat lean meats? (32:37)
Based on how we discussed how good fats help us, we don’t need lean meat. Instead of eating white chicken meat, eat dark meat, because it has more iron, vitamins, and zinc. Fats will satiate you, and if you are eating lean meat, you will still be hungry. If you are eating red meat with little fat, you are also missing out on an important nutrient, called collagen. This also is reinforced by my God’s Garden diet plan.
#6 Are High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, and Arthritis genetic? (35:42)
Just because your family had these issues, does not mean you are predisposed to getting them too. If we think a problem is all genetics, we have no empowerment to try and improve the quality of our lives. At the root of this, some people don’t want this responsibility. You don’t want to acknowledge you have a bad diet. There is no code for DNA. 95% of all diseases are lifestyle caused. That means we need to move right, eat right, supplement right, and think right. More specifically the issue is our “epi-genetics.” This means that outside force have more influence on the expression that our body is going to have than our genetics. If you don’t recognize this and intentionally change things like how you think and will down-regulate your body function.
If you are looking to improve your life and take supplements because we are not getting as many nutrients as our bodies need, you can talk to a health coach, or you can also listen to my podcast on the top 4 supplements I recommend for everyone. If you have a family trend of heart disease, or something specific, watch more what trends occurred, like what your family eats and learn what to do and not to do.
45:04 Mystery Myth: There is someone thing wrong with me.
We need to bust this statement down and eliminate this. This is a poor concept to ask because it does not help people educate themselves about their bodies. When people notice a symptom they don’t try to resolve it, instead, they just treat it. Instead of saying what is wrong, ask “what is my body asking me for?” The more you ask this question, then soon you will learn how to listen and interpret your body’s needs.