Cereal Killers - Documentary Review
Have you got a serious fat-phobia and still following low-fat principles? Then you're missing out on some fabulous benefits!
A healthy dose of a variety of fats daily not only provides you with nutrients themselves, including (depending on which fats) vitamin A, D, E, K, as well as various acids including omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. They also help you to feel full for longer, nourish your hair, skin, nails and joints. Plus they play a key role in your nervous system, cell walls, and hormones!
I watched Cereal Killers today with a keen interest in the role fats play in our diet and our health. What is the key message I want to share from this? Enjoy a variety of fats. Fat will not make you fat alone. It's the combination of refined, altered, processed fats with a diet high in refined sugars and carbohydrates that has always seemed to be the killer combination. Many of us overeat carbs without even realising. Replace these excess carbs and junk food with more veggies, a variety of wholesome fats, mainly from foods not oils, and other wholefood alternatives and you're bound to feel better!
What I didn't agree with? The documentary featured one guy, who did a high fat diet for 28 days. I won't spoil it for you by telling you what happens, but on a population scale, the results of this film cannot be used as a guide for everybody to change their diet to the one he trialled. Your body is unique and what works for him, may not work for you. Plus 28 days is a very very short time when examining a lifestyle habit. There was no look into long term effects of the diet, and great quality studies are still quite scarce. Plus he was a very fit individual to begin with. He exercised regularly and stuck to the diet strictly for the entire 28 days. It also heavily featured a health professional with a book to sell directly about the diet the man followed. Not that it really affected the diet results - but something to keep in mind when examining the whole picture. It was quite a one-sided documentary in that regard.
If you were to attempt this style of diet - you should do so medically supervised with the all clear from a health professional.
If you do attempt this diet - don't think you can 'cheat', or have one day off, then get back onto it. It really appears to be a lifestyle change that you have to go in 100%. This may be extremely difficult for many people. If you can't commit to it for good, I wouldn't bother starting it because you'll likely do more damage to yourself swinging from high fat, to higher carb and back again - basically doing a high fat, high carb diet long term which likely won't result in the greatest of health for you.
A very interesting documentary and definitely food for thought. If you'd like to know more about what diet he followed, you can stream or download it via the video below.
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The film follows Donal – a lean, fit, seemingly healthy 41 year old man – on a quest to hack his genes and drop dead healthy by avoiding the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family.
Donal’s father Kevin, an Irish gaelic football star from the 1960s, won the first of 2 All Ireland Championships with the Down Senior Football Team in 1960 before the biggest crowd (94,000) ever seen at an Irish sporting event.
When Kevin suffered a heart attack later in life, family and friends were shocked. How does a lean, fit and seemingly healthy man – who has sailed through cardiac stress tests – suddenly fall victim to heart disease?
Can a controversial diet consisting of 70% fat provide the answers?