By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
July 8, 2019
M.T. is a new patient. She made her first visit to my office a couple of days ago.
She is overweight and bordering on obese. As far as she is concerned, she has “tried everything”. And I could see that she was desperate to find a way to get rid of those excess pounds.
But like so many of my new patients who are overweight or obese, I found that M.T. had an ingrained concept about “fat” that I needed to clear up.
She avoids fatty foods like the plague.
This woman gave up junk food long ago. No more pizza, hot dogs, French fries and ice cream. That’s a given. It’s a smart choice.
The problem is, she also scratched a bunch of extremely healthy fatty foods off her list. Ones that could actually help her reach her weight loss goals. This includes foods that contain healthy fats like eggs, nuts, avocados, olive oil and other fatty foods that are essential to good health.
And what did she replace these foods with?
Cereals for breakfast. Salads smothered in things like bacon, cheese, croutons and bottled dressing for lunch. Rice and pasta meals for dinner.
Despite her good intentions, she not only failed to lose weight. She actually added a few more pounds.
I had some bad news for M.T.
Eating a low-fat diet doesn’t always lead to weight loss. In fact, when you remove healthy fats from your diet and replace them with refined grains, processed carbs and less healthy fats, weight gain is almost certain to follow.
Even worse, she didn’t realize that her weight problems weren’t limited to what she could see in the mirror.
What M.T. didn’t know – and so many individuals who are overweight or have belly fat don’t – is that fat accumulates in and around their organs. Over time, it literally strangles the life out of their liver, heart and pancreas.
And sadly, low-fat choices do hardly anything to cut down on this kind of internal fat that contributes to fatty liver disease, heart failure, organ damage and type 2 diabetes.
On the other hand, I also had some really great news for my new patient, and today I’ll share it with you.
Banish Unnecessary Body Fat for Good!
I always steer my weight-challenged patients toward a modified Mediterranean style diet.
This way of eating is filled with the wide assortment of healthy fats and is low in refined carbohydrates. And it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to releasing fat from your liver, heart, pancreas and abdomen.
The results don’t happen overnight. It’s not a quick weight loss program that drops pounds in weeks. (You know just as well as I do that fad diets only provide temporary results. In just a week or two all those pounds tend to reappear without warning.)
Instead, it is an eating style that can literally turn your life around.
After about 18 months of sticking with this way of eating, you can potentially…
- Slash belly fat by 22%
- Experience a 29% drop in liver fat
- Decrease fat around your heart by 11%
- Lose between 1% to 2% of pancreatic fat
Do you know what this means?
Not only will you slimmer and trimmer. You’ll also greatly reduce your chances of heart disease, fatty liver, diabetes and obesity.
But I’ll be honest with you, just like I was with M.T.
If you try to “Americanize” your Mediterranean eating experience, it will only work against you. There are many important aspects of it that can easily become lost in translation.
So stay tuned for the July 17th issue of Advanced Natural Wellness to discover (and avoid!) the biggest mistakes Americans make when adopting a healthy, fat-busting and live saving Mediterranean diet.
Frustrated About Your Diet? Your Scale Isn’t Giving You the Whole Picture. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Press Release. Nov 2017.
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