Most of the clients I see in my practice are health-conscious, educated people. They follow the food pyramid guidelines, yet they struggle with weight gain, fatigue, gastro-intestinal issues, constant hunger and cravings, hormonal imbalances, depression and more.
When I review their food journals, I find out that their diets contain little or no fat, or, worse, adulterated man-made concoctions (the supposedly “healthy” margarine, the “I can’t believe it’s almost plastic”, etc). They proudly tell me that they stay away from red meats, egg yolks, butter, whole dairy products and eat plenty of skinless chicken, low-fat dairy, and, of course, the recommended 6 to 11 daily servings of carbohydrates.
When I counsel them to eat healthy fats, they look relieved and puzzled at the same time. A healthy male body is composed of about 15 to 18% of fat; a healthy female body [...]