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Eat Fat Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health

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A revolutionary new diet program based on the latest science showing the importance of fat in weight loss and overall health, from New York Times #1 bestselling author

For decades we've been told that the fat we eat turns to fat in the body, contributing to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and generally poor health. And yet, even with all our low-fat products, we're

Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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Andy Grant Yes, but not a daily "eat exactly this today" sort of plan. Lots of recipes and guidelines to choose what to each for the 21 days.
Andy Grant For the 21 days no fruit is best but they do allow 1/2 - 1 cup a day of berries.
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Before I read this book I was a fat Midwestern American. And after reading this book I am still a fat Midwestern American. I am not a credible source on the eating program contained in this book as I have not tried it. I am merely a reader who is telling you what I found in the pages of the book. This book is full of information on how the typical American diet is a poisonous all you can eat buffet. I did learn some interesting facts such as the stuff that comes out of beaver anal glands is ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading health and nutrition books since I was pregnant in 1970. This is the most up to date and he put the info I had read from many sources in one simple easy to understand book. Since I had read similar things earlier, I didn't learn a lot. If you haven't kept up with research or cared about the importance of organic etc. this would be an excellent choice. He lays out a healthy diet very much like what I put myself on in late 2014 and lost 30 lbs. Got rid of 95% of my allergies, ...more
Andrew T. Garcia
This is not exclusively a "diet/weight loss" book. Read it for the sound up to date 'nutrition 2.0' information it contains:

"Dietary fat speeds up metabolism.."
"Carbohydrates-not dietary fats- turn into saturated fats in your blood..."
"Dietary fat reduces inflammation.."
"Diets high in fat promote more weight loss..."

If you have read (or browsed) Dr. Hyman's other books, you can track the evolution in his thinking. He's 100% convinced of the science behind low carb, high (good) fat eating and
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
UPDATE: This book made my re-read list because I remembered being fascinated at the author's approach to gaining health. He defines the differences in fat and details the good and the bad. I think I liked this more the second time, but it is still 3 stars for me.

I read a lot of books like this. I enjoy the research and and posture the authors adopt. They all think their book is the definitive answer to what ails people. But putting that aside, I
I almost wish that Eat Fat, Get Thin had been divided into two books. One book presenting the historical overview, the scientific research, and the essential philosophy behind the concept of eating fat to lose weight. The other book presenting his 21 day weight-loss plan. The first book which I imagine consisting of Part I and Part II (How Did We Get Into This Big, Fat Mess? and Separating Fat From Fiction), I would have given three stars. The second book which I imagine consisting of Part III ...more
Yvonne O'connor
Aug 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While the science behind this is compelling, unless you are a millionaire or live on a farm of your own, you cannot realistically adopt this diet long term. The groceries alone would be cost prohibitive, not to mention the supplements and planning involved in this. At that point, would this new life you have be worth living when you literally cannot eat anything out there?
Sell Book, Get Rich
Over fifteen years ago, my allergist told me that sardines were healthy and good for the brain. She said the body needed fat and that sugar was poison and addicting. I mentioned it to the other doctor I saw regularly, my psychiatrist. He said that low fat diets were very bad, and that just getting cholesterol tested was not telling the whole story. He also told me that to get any benefit from fish oil supplements, I'd have to take so many that I'd actually smell like a bucket
Denyse Loeb
Mar 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Honestly, he lost me at "being fat makes you over eat". I was over eating BEFORE I was fat. Add in other bits that just didn't quite make sense and his no grains, breads, or legumes approach plus the input from someone I trust and I was done. There are some good points in the book, but to have to fact check almost every page is exhausting.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would say that overall the advice in the this book is mostly sound: eat whole foods, mostly plant-based. Hyman calls this a pegan diet, combining the best of paleo and vegan diets. I feel that the level of meat/fish/chicken consumption that he suggests is quite high. My main issue is the number of tests he recommends as well as the supplements. I do not think that this is realistic for most people.
Regina De Los Reyes
Great book, well written and a lot of information. Nothing new however to me as I'm always reading the latest research etc in regards to health. Basically talks about the low-fat diet craze and how many have cut the fat have now increased carb and sugar consumption included in low-fat type snacks. Basic nutrition sense to eat whole foods, less garbage foods and processed foods. Ok to eat fats such as coconut oils, olive oil, nuts, whole eggs and butter. And cut out all processed foods, sugar, ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I care as much as Dr. Hyman does, so I felt compelled to speak out. Was a certified Natural Therapeutics Specialist and Licensed Massage Therapist for more than twenty years, have a firm foundation. Also worked for physicians for about fourteen years and know how and what they think. I believe Hyman cares, but... I do have concerns. Guys like Chopra and Oz, with their new-age piecemeal unqualified advice outside their profession, worry me.

Hyman went to Tibet for a while, probably where the
Rachel Blom
The actual info in the book is interesting, if somewhat hard to follow at times. You'd have to be a doctor or at least have a background in bio or chem to understand all this. Since I failed both, I sorta glanced through certain sections. But I get the main point, which is that fat isn't nearly as bad for you as has been claimed and that some sorts of fat are actually (very) good for you. So far, so good.

It's in the second part of the book that I got frustrated. The author claims to advocate
J.D. Knutson
This guy does not properly represent his research, skewing things to support his perspective. He also has no discussion of nutrient density, of course choosing to focus on fat. The plain fact is, animal fat has shown to WORSEN insulin response. I was unimpressed.
Carrie Kintz
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
The information is incredible and helpful. I'm starting on my 21 day detox and will see if it fits what I need for my own health issues. But I learned so much good stuff so far.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Good information on why it is important to have healthy fats in our diets. This really is the KETO diet...also very similar to Whole30. After you follow his 21 day plan he tries to combine a Paleo and Vegan diet as he says they both have good qualities he calls it the pagan diet.
Lee Miller
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A plea to embrace a low sugar, low carbohydrate diet. Similar to his earlier “The Blood Sugar Solution,” so unless, like me, you benefit from receiving similar information from different sources, you may not need both books. About two-thirds is an entertaining and accessible review of the scientific literature. The last third is a diet plan with recipes. The plan includes how to prepare your kitchen, staples and seasonings to keep on hand, a review of cooking techniques, a twenty-one day initial ...more
Cindy Heaton
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Highly recommend reading this book for the info on heart disease and high cholesterol. Gives a list of the specific tests you should be asking for to determine heart health (that your Dr. probably isn't checking). Program seems sound and the recipes look good. I borrowed this from the library, but may have to buy a copy to use as a reference.
Andrew Obrigewitsch
This is an analysis of what pseudo-foodscience has done to our society and how removing fats from our diet as "bad", despite eating them for thousands of years has resulted in more fat people than ever.
Martha Kahn
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As another reviewer said, this is the most up-to-date information on diet and nutrition that I have read to date. If I had only known this 20 years ago, I would not be a pre-diabetic today. I highly recommend this book.
Westminster Library
This book is full of good information, but the actual diet is a lot more complicated than I had imagined. The diet turned out to be really strict. For instance, you can’t eat any dairy except for clarified butter or ghee, and you can only eat certain kinds of nuts prepared in a specific way.

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Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2018
For the most part book was ok, well laid out, but a bit too much of the author talking about how wonderful he is which got boring. Author also seems to forget that most readers will not be able to afford all of the grass fed, and free-range ingredients he is saying must be a part of their life. Needs to wake up to the real world. <><
Mind expanding information on how we've been lied to for years about what makes us fat. Do I sound bitter? I am.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abi
I read this right after Always Hungry by Dr. David Ludwig. They both cover similar ground (the food industry is more concerned with profit than creating nutritious foods; the food industry gives lots of money to our politicians-- which is why they aren't doing a better job of creating better food regulations; confusion about the complex science of nutrition have led to bad recommendations over the years-- which is why consumers are confused, to whit: fat isn't as bad for you as you think it is). ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help, health
I enjoyed Dr. Hyman’s previous nutrition books, not the least because he has a sense of humor. However, this book assumes a more serious tone, with a number of rants about how low fat diets, touted by industry, have caused health problems. This gets rather repetitive. I agree with his idea that most people eat excessive amounts of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods. But I don’t think what is more or less a ketogenic diet is good for everyone.

My husband, who was significantly
Lexie Juno
I bought this book because I'm interested in nutritional science and had read some other books recently that supported the idea of eating high amounts of fat and cutting sugar. The first part of this book did give some good science and reasoned arguments on fat intake based on good quality studies. Unfortunately from then on the book deteriorated.

First, Dr Hyman posits that, in order to succeed and be healthy, one needs lots of bizarre supplements. Not only does he provide zero scientific
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most fats are good for you. Surprised? You've not read all the evidence. Handily collated by a dedicated doctor, along with his eating plan for healthy weight loss.
As an Atkins fan I was already aware of some of this info but this book goes much further.
I just wish there were a UK edition (my excuse for not starting the diet yet!).
I took ages finishing as the last section was recipes - a bit boring but I did want to say I'd read the whole book. Also I have been so busy fighting Brexit and
Penny Tunnell
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very current!

Dr. Hyman never disappoints. He combines what works in Paleo with what works for vegans and carefully explains the science. His "Pegan" way of eating is described in great detail with plenty of how-tos, recipes, and suggestions to help you uncover your own personal best food plan for a long healthy life.
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A VERY comprehensive look at the effect of food on the chemistry of the body. The author says that food provides information for the body to use. The 21 day "cleansing" portion of this "diet" is a little daunting, but I found, over-all that the book was informative.
Heather McQueary
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and helpful to me as I am currently going Keto! I love learning more about the science behind the nutrition.
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Mark Hyman, M.D., is the editor in chief of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the most prestigious journal in the field of integrative medicine. After ten years as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, he is now in private practice in Lenox, Massachusetts. He is the coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention. His websites are and ...more
“First, when you try to restrict calories and exercise more, your body is hardwired to perceive a starvation situation. That makes you tired (so you move less and conserve energy) and hungry (so you eat more), and it slows down your metabolism (so you don’t die!). This “eat less, exercise more” formula is not too successful for most people. It can work for a short time, certainly, but less than 10 percent of people lose weight and keep it off for a year;4 you will almost always rebound and gain back the weight. Second, when you eat carbs and sugar, insulin spikes and your blood sugar drops. The insulin drives most of the available fuel in your bloodstream into fat cells, especially the fat cells around your middle, otherwise known as belly fat. So your body is starved of fuel, and this stimulates your brain5 to make you eat more.6 You could have a year’s worth of stored energy in your fat tissue and yet feel like you are starving. The only thing that can stop this vicious cycle is eating a lot of fat and cutting out the refined carbs and sugar. A high-fat, low-carb diet leads to a faster metabolism and sustained weight loss.” 3 likes
“saturated fat seems to promote inflammation only in the presence of too many carbs or too little fiber, or there is no connection at all.25 (The key to eating more fat, as you’ll learn in Part III, is also eating more f” 0 likes
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