From SAD-Adaptation to Fat Adaptation

Staying near ketosis in a carb-loving world

“Fat is not the problem. If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases.”

Inverting the status quo

For decades, a nutritional high priesthood led by people like Dr. Walter Willett demonized fats — especially solid animal fats — while promoting “heart-healthy” alternatives like grains and industrially-processed seed oils.

Screenshot of the inverted food pyramid from “Poor Man’s Paleo” — my free 31-page guide to shopping on a diet.
  • A reversal on carbs (The LA Times, December 20, 2010).
  • The Case for Eating Butter Just Got Stronger, (TIME Magazine, June 2016).
SUBSCRIBE to David’s podcast [NB: I don’t actually have the trademark for The Good Fats]. I’ll check in with David as he undergoes an epigenetic shift to “fat-burning mode” in the weeks to come.

A discipline not a diet

I hate using the “d word” because of the connotations with yo-yo dieting — i.e., following impossible protocols that lead to a kind of starvation followed by binging and relapse.

The modern world has replaced the necessity of discipline with the bizarre and unnatural concept of dieting.

The biggest barrier to becoming fat-adapted is the built up resistance to eating enough Good Fats®™©.

An experiment in chronometric separation

Following a strict “ketogenic” diet is difficult in a world awash in cheap carbohydrates.

How did we get it so wrong for long?

Resources for becoming fat adapted:

There are hundreds of blogs explaining what “keto” is (start here if you’re new to the idea), but the most helpful resources I’ve found is the Keto Contrarian’s video series with practical tips to maintain a heterodox diet in a world that is addicted to carbs:

  1. 7 Mistakes to Avoid
  2. 20 simple tools & resources I use to make keto easier
Subscribe and stop justifying excessive carb consumption on grounds of the low cost. You’ll pay for it later.

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