Jennifer shared a photo of her high-fat breakfast on the Undoctored Inner Circle private Facebook page, above.
“Had a big breakfast today: 3 eggs, bunch of fried mushrooms in butter/bacon fat, 3 pieces of bacon. Homemade guacamole: avocado, lime juice, salsa verde, serrano, onion, garlic, cilantro.
“Heart attack on a plate?! I think not! Love me some fat! Been eating this way for four years, and my coronary artery calcium score is 0. Systolic BP down from 140 to 110. Lost 90 lbs and kept it off effortlessly the past 4 years. A1C 10% down to 5.1%, Trigs down from 350 to 109 mg/dL. HDL up from low 40’s to 65. Resting pulse rate from mid 90’s down to 71 BPM.”
Jennifer is among those who, with the help of Undoctored Inner Circle community, have rejected the low-fat, low-saturated fat, more “healthy whole grains” advice of dietitians, doctors, USDA, AHA, etc. After all, there never was evidence telling us that total fat, saturated fat, or dietary cholesterol caused coronary atherosclerosis, nor was there evidence showing that consumption of grains, white or whole, was associated with improvements in the factors that lead to heart disease. (Yes, there is evidence that replacing white flour products with whole grains leads to less obesity, less type 2 diabetes, less cardiovascular death, less colon cancer. But Undoctored followers understand that replacing something bad—white flour—with something less bad—whole grains—is not the same as being good for health, but that is the basis for the awful advice that dominates dietary guidelines, pyramids, and plates. This is the flawed logic that continues to define most dietary advice today leading to advice such as “Follow a Mediterranean diet for heart health” because it was shown to be less harmful compared to a standard American diet—less bad is not necessarily good. Problems remain in a Mediterranean diet, such as provocation of small LDL particles and initiation of autoimmune diseases by grains.)
We also reject the idea that statin drugs are necessary to enjoy freedom from heart disease instead using nutrition and nutritional supplements to correct common modern deficiencies.
One of the benefits that someone like Jennifer enjoys by following this fat-unrestricted lifestyle is reducing the process of de novo lipogenesis, the liver’s conversion of sugars to triglycerides, a process that goes wildly out of control in someone who reduces dietary fat and increases grains and sugars.
Feed the liver sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, or the amylopectin A of wheat and grains, and it efficiently converts them to triglycerides. Some of these triglycerides enter the bloodstream as very low-density lipoproteins, VLDL, low-density because they are rich in triglyceride fats. VLDL is a potent cause of coronary atherosclerosis, as well as leading to small LDL particles (via triglyceride-enrichment from interactions with VLDL particles) that are also a potent cause for heart disease. Some of the triglycerides remain in the liver and accumulate, the process that contributes to fatty liver. In the Undoctored program, rather than cutting fat and eating more grains, we therefore:
- Never limit fats or oils
- Eliminate wheat and grains
- Limit net carbs
- Address the factors that influence insulin resistance—i.e., vitamin D, magnesium, thyroid status
- Reduce postprandial (after-meal) VLDL rises with omega-3 fatty acids and reduced de novo lipogenesis
- Reduce metabolic endotoxemia that contributes to fatty liver, insulin resistance, and coronary atherosclerosis
For further discussion on the diet and its rationale, how to apply these ideas to stop or reverse coronary disease (including coronary calcium scores), how to reduce/reverse fatty liver and metabolic endotoxemia, see our extended and detailed discussion in the Undoctored Inner Circle.